WHAT IS THE PROTO CHALLENGE
The challenge is an initiative with the aim of disseminating, training and enabling companies to explore the benefits and techniques of mechanical design with advanced software to improve the performance of the product (or component) and production with additive techniques. 5 teams of young talents in the course of 11 weeks will analyze and redesign 5 products that will be selected from a commission of experts.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The company must apply a product or component (metallic or plastic) with related challenges and objectives of optimization (eg lightening, stiffening), and boundary conditions. Over the course of 11 weeks, a team of young talents will use advanced software (in the 2021 edition we will use nTopology) to redesign the product and deliver a new 3D CAD to the company. The products selected to participate in the challenge will be announced by December 11th, 2020.
WHY SHOULD MY COMPANY PARTICIPATE?
In just 11 weeks the company obtains an optimized re-design solution (3D CAD) of an owned product, to be possibly prototyped or produced with additive and hybrid techniques, as well as via traditional techniques - yet with lower costs and other benefits. Beyond the output, it is a unique opportunity to develop specialist know-how quickly and at no cost.
WHICH COMPANIES CAN PARTICIPATE?
All manufacturing or design companies can participate in the PROTO Challenge. To apply a product (element or component) simply fill out the form in all it's parts. A committee will select the products according to the criteria mentioned in the Notice. We recommend that you carefully read the Notice before applying for a product.
All the participants in the PROTO Challenge (Solvers, Mentors and Experts) will sign a confidentiality agreement regarding the selected products, the Challenge and the results produced by the Solver teams during the initiative. This confidentiality restriction remains for two (2) years from the of commencement of the Challenge.
Applications are open until November 27th, 2020. Find out how to apply on: