MINNEAPOLIS (April 6, 2007)–The Dimension 3D Printing Group, a business unit of Stratasys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSYS), announced today winners in its third annual "Extreme Redesign: The Ultimate 3D Printing Challenge," a global design and 3D printing contest for high school and college students. The winners were announced at 1 p.m. CDT during a webcast ceremony hosted by the Dimension 3D Printing Group. To view this event, see the instructions listed below on page two of this release.
The winners, Mike Rouse (Solar Street Sign) of Warren Career Prep Center/Cousin High School in Warren, Mich. and Mike Kochman (Off-Road Cell Phone Carrier) of Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio, where chosen from a pool of more than 1,200 design entries from around the world. Both first place winners will receive $2,500 scholarships, with the remaining four finalists receiving $1,000 scholarships each.
Mike Rouse, the high school winner, won for his Solar Powered Street Sign design. The design modifies a common street sign with the addition of a solar collector and lights mounted above the sign. The sun charges a battery during the day and uses the stored power to run the lights illuminating the sign at night. Using only the power of the sun, the goal of the design is to enable drivers to view street signs more safely and easily at night.
Mike Kochman, the university category winner, won for his Off-Road Cell Phone Carrier design. The carrier is a waterproof case clamped to either upper fork tube on a motorcycle. The design allows riders to keep cell phones and other small, important items dry and safe while riding.
The other final contestants from the high school category recognized at the ceremony are Jonathon Crompton (Ski Pole Radio) of Sherwood High School in Sherwood, Ore. and Zach Stephens (Twist and Measure) of Westfield High School in Carmel, Ind. Other university category finalists recognized are Megan Stephens and Katie Weber (Saddle III) of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y. and University of Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y., respectively, and Harald Kramer (Time Trial Bike) of the HS-Magdeburg-Stendal, University of Applied Sciences, in Magdeburg, Germany. More information on the finalists and winners, including images and descriptions, can be found at www.dimensionprinting.com.
"I want to extend a big congratulations to the winners and all four finalists," said Jon Cobb, vice president and general manager of 3D printing for Stratasys. "Making it as far as the finals in a contest with more than a thousand entries is a remarkable accomplishment. The designs featured today are truly first rate. I look forward to seeing more great designs from our talented pool of contestants in the years to come."
Instructions For Viewing The Award Ceremony
To view the event, go to http://www.vcall.com/replay and enter replay 2091172854. If you experience any difficulties, click on the orange "TEST MY COMPUTER FIRST!" option near the bottom of the Webpage. If you are still experiencing problems, phone Vcall at 1-888-523-2450. You will be able to view this event for several months using the link provided above.
About Extreme Redesign
Whether it enhances the capabilities or aesthetics of a part, product or piece of art, Dimension calls on computer-aided-design (CAD) students worldwide to send in their most creative, useful and innovative extreme redesigns.
To enter, students must identify an existing product, piece of art or architecture and redesign it, making the original design better by adding new functionality or aesthetic qualities. Students submit a completed .stl files of their extreme redesign via Dimension´s Web site along with a completed submission form, including 200 words describing the value and benefit of the extreme redesign. Dimension then sends entrants a 3D print of their redesign they can hold in their hands and evaluate.
For more information about competing in Extreme Redesign 2007 along with complete contest rules and submission information visit www.dimensionprinting.com/education/extremeredesign.shtml.
Extreme Redesign is sponsored by media partner Product Design & Development.
About The Dimension 3D Printing Group
The Dimension 3D Printing Group is a business unit of Stratasys, Inc., based in Minneapolis, Minn. Dimension 3D printers–which include the Elite, the Dimension 1200 Series and Dimension 768 Series–are networked, desktop modeling systems that provide CAD (Computer-Aided-Design) users a fast, office-friendly, low-cost alternative for building functional 3D prints. Dimension 3D printers build accurate models layer by layer using durable ABS plastic, allowing users to not only evaluate design concepts, but test 3D prints for functionality, form and fit. As the first large format desktop 3D printer that sells for less than $30,000, Dimension incorporates many key features found in modeling systems that cost tens of thousands of dollars more.