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GrabCAD and Stratasys Education Team Up for the da Vinci Gear System Challenge

by • April 18, 2016 • No Comments

Leonardo da Vinci.

Leonardo da Vinci.

There most most likely can never be another man alive like Leonardo da Vinci. He was born in a period of time really one-of-a-kind in all of history, right in the midst of the Renaissance, and was gifted with an insatiable thirst for knowledge and the means to pursue it. In his lifetime he was called a painter, a sculptor, an architect, a scientist, a skilled musician, an engineer, a writer, a historian, an astronomer and a cartographer. He was in addition well versed in subjects as diverse as geology, anatomy, botany and mathematics. And of course he was a tireless inventor who imagined and created countless devices which the world had never seen preceding, and most likely wouldn’t see again until hundreds of years later.

In the spirit of da Vinci, GrabCAD and Stratasys Education are issuing a challenge to their users and asking them to try and get into his head and reinterpret one of his gear processs via modern 3D printing innovation. Equitething which da Vinci created was created with Renaissance-era making technologies in mind, so the challenge is to adjust his creations without sacrificing how they work. Entries need to prefer the perfect 3D printing innovation and the most material to return it into the da Vinci invention, while in addition considering tolerances, layer thickness and the mechanical properties of the final device.

GrabCAD and Stratasys Education present the da Vinci Gear System Challenge.

GrabCAD and Stratasys Education present the da Vinci Gear System Challenge.

The Goal of this Challenge is to turn it into a working 3D printable gear process create based on one of Leonardo da Vinci’s original sketches. Once a sketch has been prefered it needs to be converted and reproduced via CAD software. All creations should decrease the need for supports while optimizing the original create specifically for 3D printing innovation. The create should take into account what type of 3D printing device can be making the components to maximize how well the finished project works. All of the create and testing needs to be documented and presented when the contest is entered.

Current challenge entries.

Current challenge entries.

To enter the contest, entrants need to go to GrabCAD and submit the project, include all create files (as an STL file), renderings and images of the 3D printed project. It in addition needs to include an explanation of the project, why the create choices were created and why the 3D printing innovation utilized was prefered. Projects should in addition include the original sketch which inspired the contest entry, which include an explanation of how it was modified
. In order to win the create must be 3D printable via common 3D printing methods (FDM, SLS, SLA or PolyJet). It should just need a minimal amount of post processing, and need quite few supports. Ultimately yet, the project should be both imaginative and creative.gears

Ten contest entries have a accident to win cash money of the $2,500 prize pool, and all winners can obtain tons of GrabCAD Swag. First prize can be awarded $1,000, 2nd prize can get $750, third prize can get $500, fourth prize can get $150 and fifth prize can get $100. The sixth through tenth prize winners can obtain GrabCAD Swag, and all cash awards can be created via PayPal. The entry deadline is May 15th and the contest finalists can be revealed by June 3rd, 2016 for the GrabCAD community to comment and discuss. The jury is created up of GrabCAD and Stratasys employees, and preceding any prizes are awarded they can review and consider the community feedback. The final prize winners can be revealed by June 29th, 2016.

Anyone interested in participating in the da Vinci Gear System Challenge can read a conclude list of needments, rules and prizes here. Resources for learning additional of how da Vinci creations can be modified
to modern 3D printing innovation can be discovered in the da Vinci case study of Unit 5 of the Stratasys 3D Printing Curriculum. Additionally you can find massive collections of da Vinci creations and artwork here and here. This sounds like an awe-inspiring challenge! Are you considering of entering? Discuss in the 3D Printing a la da Vinci forum over at 3DPB.com.

3D print this.

3D print this.