A team of engineers at Lareka Confectionery Equipment, Netherlands, and Cassidy Silbernagel, a student at the University of Nottingham, UK, have been announced as professional and student winners of the Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge 2017. Organised by Additive Industries, Eindhoven, Netherlands, the results of the competition were announced by Scott Summit, Chairman of the Jury, at the recent Additive World Awards Dinner.
The two winners were selected based on their success at achieving the challenge criteria – to make a new design or redesign an existing product for Additive Manufacturing.
The winners were chosen from the following group of six finalists, out of 76 entries overall:
- Sealer Arm: Chocolate Shock Prevention Team (Lareka, the Netherlands, professional category)
- Monolithic Heat Exchanger: Dr Christoph Kiener (Siemens, Germany, professional category)
- Custom Micro Quadcopter Frame: Michael van der Bent (the Netherlands, professional category)
- Demonstrator Model for a Supersonic Wind Tunnel: Team Alliance (Alliance University, India, student category)
- Light weight components for Manufacturing Robot: Boris Sokolov (Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia, student category)
- Carburettor for an Internal Combustion Engine: Cassidy Silbernagel (The University of Nottingham, UK, student category)
Lareka’s Chocolate Shock Prevention Team won in the professionals category with their redesigned Sealer Arm for a chocolate bar packaging line. The redesigned sealer arm successfully combines a substantial increase in the quality of chocolate packaging, due to better temperature regulation, with a reduction of 50 parts.
The University of Nottingham’s Cassidy Silbernagel won in the student category for the second time with his redesigned carburettor. The component included integrated moving parts, floats, light-weight internal lattice structures and a design optimised to reduce the number of support structures.
In addition to the Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge 2017, Additive Industries presented two Additive World Awards. Dr.-Ing. Wilhelm Meiners, leader of the Fraunhofer ILT research group Rapid Manufacturing, received the Industrial Achievement Award for his research on the selective laser melting technology in the 1990s and his contributions in the development of materials, processes and applications.
Youping Gao of Castheon and Aerojet Rocketyne received the Industrial Achievement Award for his extensive work on process and application development for Additive Manufacturing. He headed the team that certified the first AM produced part for a manned space flight.