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Canada Makes launches Pan-Canadian 3D Printing Challenge


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Challenge tasks Canadian post-secondary students to create novel AM designs for cash prizes, paid internships.

Canada Makes is hosting a new challenge to empower post-secondary students to revolutionize the 3D printing world.

The association announced plans to hold the new Pan-Canadian 3D Printing Challenge for any postsecondary students enrolled in a Canadian college or university. Students in Canada will showcase a new idea that uses 3D printing and win cash prizes and a chance at one of two one-year paid internships.

The Challenge begins November 22, 2017 and concludes in the spring of 2018.

As 3D printing evolves and expands into the manufacturing industry, developing new approaches and skills to leverage this technology should be a key priority. The Canada Makes 3D Challenge will challenge university/college teams to design a part and compete for a full one-year paid internship from a Burloak Technologies.


The theme of this year’s challenge is “Design solutions for a sustainable future.” Some solution examples include lightweight structures or new designs of automotive or aerospace components that reduce overall weight and fuel consumption; innovative components that optimize fuel or energy consumption; energy harvesting devices with innovative features; multi-purpose objects that simplify everyday life and reduce waste; and wearable tools or objects that enhance mobility efficiency and reduce waste.

Judges will choose the top 5 finalists and Canada Makes will arrange to fabricate their designs to be showcased at a final event in the spring of 2018. The finalist/teams will receive a $1000 cash prize and a chance at one of two one-year paid internships at Burloak Technologies.

The Challenge will have clear winning criteria and be judged on the merit of their application.

Submitted designs will be evaluated via simulation, and the top five designs will be selected for fabrication and testing based on the required criteria. The winning entries will best satisfy all of the performance criteria.

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