SpaceClaim and GrabCAD announced the winners of the SpaceClaim GrabCAD Challenge. Participants were asked to start with GrabCAD's collection of models or models from other sources to improve someone else's design using SpaceClaim Engineer.
First Place winner Flaviano Crespi combined many models from the GrabCAD site to create a new automobile concept based on hang glider aerodynamics. According to the company, the resulting "formula-mix" design is a "good example of how easily new designs can be created from disparate concepts, explored, and evaluated using SpaceClaim." Crespi received $3,000 plus a perpetual license of SpaceClaim Engineer.
"SpaceClaim is fantastic," Crespi said, "and it was fun to use, and I did all this work with no training or technical assistance because SpaceClaim is so intuitive to use. This work would have taken me four times longer using any of the traditional CAD packages. I highly recommend SpaceClaim to anyone who needs to design a complex device quickly."
Second Place winner Victor Teran created a portable pullover rain guard for use when biking in an unexpected rain storm. By re-using supporting models (bike parts, human figure, plus models created with other modeling tools) along with SpaceClaim's direct editing and creation capabilities, he was able to illustrate his original concept.
Third Place winner Ismail H. Sanliturk submitted a design for a modified RepRap DIY 3D printer. RepRap printers are designed to be able to print most of their own components. Without access to a 3D printer, however, Ismail wanted to redesign the RepRap so that it could be created on a 3-axis milling machine.
Fourth, Fifth and Sixth-place winners included: Riccardo Gatti's entry created a model of a toy train by referencing faceted STL data and then enhancing the model by adding elements from other GrabCAD designs; Ben Foster created a skull-shaped bike attachment with lights and a fog dispenser that was made entirely in SpaceClaim; and Paul Tripon started with an original motorbike and then modified it into a three-wheeled vehicle, replacing or modifying most parts while adding new styling.
"All of us at SpaceClaim congratulate the winners and all of the entrants," said Chris Randles, SpaceClaim president and CEO. "It clearly demonstrates how SpaceClaim makes it easy to reuse a wide variety of existing CAD data to create new concepts. These results mirror what our customers do every day: innovate by creating new products that are directly derived from existing work, without remodeling."
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