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MADFAB – MIT’s Annual Design + Fabrication Competition

MADFAB is a new design competition in which students design a piece of furniture that becomes a permanent part of the campus. This year’s challenge: design a digitally fabricated low table or bench for the MIT Student Center. Registration is free.

MADFAB is open to any MIT graduate or undergraduate student, as individuals or in teams.

Objective

Design a digitally fabricated low table or bench for the MIT Student Center.

Prizes

Winners Receive:

  • Cash prizes: $1000 first place, $500 second place, $250 third place.
  • Winning piece featured at the prestigious Furniture Society’s Conference, held at MIT 16-19 June 2010
  • Permanent recognition. The winning design will be kept as a permanent collection to be used in the student center with a plaque crediting the designers.

Rules

  • Design must be original and new.
  • Design that is functional, durable, and able to be fabricated with CNC equipment in the Architecture Wood Shop or MIT Hobby Shop.
  • Detailing that expresses how CNC fabrication informs design using sheet material, i.e. plywood, MDF, flake board, cardboard, sheet metal, and plastics.
  • Bonus for efficient, cost effective use of material and or reuse of discarded materials.

MADFAB : How it works?

How to enter?

  • Download the registration form.
  • Email the form to Ken Stone at kenstone@mit.edu.
  • Sign-up for the MADFAB mailing list to receive updates and information throughout the competition.
  • Participants must sign a release form when they submit their proposal.