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Get Smart! America Makes Launches Smart Structure Challenge

by • March 15, 2016 • No Comments

When it comes to supporting the 3D printing scene in North America, the USA’s America Makes 3D printing institute is a true pioneer and accelerator. As the original hub in the government’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), the institute comes with a wide variety of experts and innovators in the 3D printing field. Since being founded in 2012, America Makes has funded numerous high end additive making-based projects, that include electronics 3D printing, work with metal alloys, and significant high end control initiatives. America Makes has in addition hosted a number of startup competitions to assist young 3D printing companies get off of the ground.

Now, the institute has only revealed the America Makes Smart Structure Challenge. They’re searching for innovators or organizations capable of 3D printing ‘smart’ structures, integrated devices that include components such as sensors. The challenge is labelled as a “Reduction-to-Practice Challenge”, that requires both a written proposal and experimental proof-of-concept data or sample delivery. The written proposal should contribute a documentation of both the smart structure and the 3D printing system utilized to create it.

“Producing smart structures has been a long-standing promise of additive making that remains unfulfilled. America Makes may like to know and additional the say of the art of this potentially disruptive innovation,” said Catherine Covington, Program Manager of Innocentive. “Solvers who can effectively demonstrate this capability can have a accident of winning an America Makes membership.”


The grand prize is a Silver-level Membership to America Makes, that can last a year and has a value of about $15,000. Membership with America Makes contributes a number of various benefits, that include access to valuable intellectual property, technical presentations, project calls, and much additional. The deadline for America Makes Smart Structure Challenge is May 11, 2016. Continuing upon their leadership in the North American 3D printing world, America Makes is looking to, both figuratively and literally, manufacture 3D printing innovation ‘smarter’. If you ponder you have what it takes to print a smart structure, you can apply to the America Makes Smart Structure Challenge here.


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