SME — an organization dedicated to developing the future manufacturing workforce — has announced its 2019 Digital Manufacturing Challenge, themed: Additive for energy transfer & heat exchange.
Student designers and engineers are challenged to go beyond the classroom or laboratory and showcase their technical and commercial talents by demonstrating new and creative ways additive manufacturing can add value. Entries are welcome from both college/university students and high school students.
One university winner and one high school winner will be selected and will be awarded with a complimentary conference pass to RAPID + TCT event, stipend of $1,000 to use for travel and lodging to the conference, a certificate of achievement, a complimentary, one-year SME student membership and more.
Energy and the work it can do are fundamental to our world and they exist in many forms. Harnessing energy through its generation or conversion, transfer and storage, is often accompanied by heat.
The 2019 Digital Manufacturing Challenge emphasizes the thermal management or temperature control of systems, processes or devices that generate, convert, transfer or store energy.
Cross-functional teams are challenged to leverage the design freedom inherent in additive manufacturing in order to simplify or integrate features and functions while simultaneously reducing size, weight and increasing the efficiency of a thermal management system, process or device.
A virtual prototype is to be created comprehending one or more of the seven available additive manufacturing processes.
Contestants must recommend and justify their additive design, process and material selections through their research and cost-benefit/value analysis, and must also include a discussion of all manufacturing considerations in order to achieve the form, function and capability/performance claimed.
SME has been supporting the manufacturing industry for over 85 years. Working closely with manufacturing professionals, companies, educators, schools and communities, it shares knowledge and resources that generate solutions to manufacturing industry challenges.