America Makes Announce Winners of Smart Structure Challenge

Posted by Catherine Covington on Jan 19, 2017 1:42:30 PM

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and their Design Research Education of Additive Manufacturing Systems (The DREAMS lab) have been announced as the winners of the America Makes Smart Structure Challenge for their Smart Wing Project – detailed mechatronic devices for use in winds for remotely-piloted aircraft (RPA).

The Challenge sought “smart structures” that were produced using additive manufacturing (AM) and attracted over 150 Solvers. The winning team consisted of Solvers: Joseph Kubalak; Logan Sturm; Rich Dumene; Callie Zawaski; Donald Aduba, Jr., Ph.D.; and Christopher Williams, Ph.D. Virginia Tech now walk away with a Silver-Level Membership to America Makes worth $15,000. You can read more about the winning team and their solution in the America Makes press release.

America Makes has recently launched their second Challenge in the Innovation Sprint series – The AM Case Study Challenge. For this Challenge, they are seeking detailed case studies focused on examining the use of additive manufacturing as a business case. Submissions should combine in-depth primary research based on company interviews with secondary research in the form of financial data, organizational charts, business overview, machine costs and features, etc. Case studies should move beyond a “marketing case”.

As an award, America Makes is again offering Silver-Level Memberships for one year. Members will have access to the AM and 3D printing industry’s thought leaders and innovators. This membership includes significant benefits, including access to valuable intellectual property, technical presentations, project calls, and more. To receive the membership, Solvers will not transfer Intellectual Property rights, but will instead grant a non-exclusive license to America Makes to utilize their case study. Winners will be published in collaboration with America Makes.

The deadline to submit your case study is February 3, 2017.


About America Makes

America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation.  

Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM and 3DP to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. 

Established in 2012 and based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the flagship Institute for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) infrastructure of up to 45 Institutes to follow and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM).

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