Spring 2015 Competition
Announcing the Spring 2015 Design Competition hosted by Virginia Tech’s Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing (DREAMS) and Mechatronics Labs and the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation (VT-ARC).
Engage the next-generation of engineers, emphasizing workforce development, STEM outreach, fundamental research in AM, and potential commercialization opportunities.
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Holistic exploration of deployable AM systems, decreased energy intensity, and material utilization in advanced manufacturing processes.
FIRST and ONLY Competition or initiative by an academic institution utilizing student teams to specifically design a functioning vehicle via additive manufacturing (AM).
- LTC Joel Dillon, ASA(ALT)
The AM Design Competition provides an opportunity to educate future engineers in meaningful design experiences and commercial opportunities while supporting the overall vision of pioneering AM in the United States.
While significant funding has been made available to address the current technological limitations of AM, there have been very few government, military, and academic programs dedicated to enhancing the current and future knowledge of this technology.
The Additive Manufacturing Competition Advisory Group (AMCAG) was established to be a collaboration and innovation nucleus in support of this groundbreaking Competition. Primary sponsorship for the 2015 Competition is provided by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), with additional funding from the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA(ALT)). $15,000 in cash prize awards have been made possible by the Stiefel Family Foundation. Robotic Research, 2014 Tibbetts award recipient, will provide electronic kits and expertise to ensure the success of the Competition.
LTC Joel Dillon
Mr. Matthew Hickman
Dr. Steve McKnight
Mr. Philip King
Virginia Tech College of Engineering-3-D Printed Vehicles Take the Ground and Air at Engineering Event
May 6, 2015, BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA — Remotely-piloted vehicles designed, 3-D printed, and built by 12 student teams drove and flew their way through obstacle courses at Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House on May 1 at the second annual Additive Vehicle Design Competition. Up for grabs was $15,000 in cash prizes. The main sponsor: The Office of the U.S.[…]
Remotely-piloted vehicles designed, 3-D printed, and built by 12 student teams drove and flew their way through obstacle courses at Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House on May 1 at the second annual Additive Vehicle Design Competition. Team Seas took First Place Overall. Members are (left to right) Du Minzhen, Callie Zawaski, and Charlie Tenney, all of the Virginia[…]
Those of you who’ve tried their hand at 3D printed robotics will surely have reached a point where they thought ‘this will never work’ or ‘this is going to break apart any second’. And that’s hardly surprising, as many 3D printed robots and quadcopters are just very flimsy. But it looks like that is slowly[…]
Students at Virginia Tech are using their imagination to invent a vehicle that can both fly and drive. It’s part of a tough competition that simulates how the military and emergency crews respond to situations like natural disasters. Source: Virginia Tech students invent vehicle that can fly and drive
BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10) – Why choose between a remote controlled helicopter or car, when you can have them both? Friday, 12 teams of Virginia Tech and U.S. Air Force Academy students showed off their handmade vehicles that flew and drove through an obstacle course. It was all part of the Additive Vehicle Design Competition. Each[…]
BLACKSBURG, Va. –On a table in the Rector Field House sits a hybrid between a drone and a remote control car and exactly what Todd Spurgeon and his team say can work on tough terrain.”We’re out to win this competition,” Spurgeon said.This is team Trans-Siberian Pilots one of 12 teams picked from 80 entries to[…]
Design, creativity, problem-solving, and a whole lotta fun are just kicking into high gear with Virginia Tech‘s second annual AM Grand Challenge: the Spring Additive Manufacturing Vehicle Design Challenge, which started last week. With the goal being to educate students about and raise enthusiasm and inspiration regarding 3D printing and design while also integrating mechatronics, the challenge is on — and[…]
BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 18, 2015 – Virginia Tech will launch today the second annual Spring Additive Vehicle Design Challenge, a competition for students to design a remote-controlled 3-D printed vehicle that can drive on ground and fly in the air. Christopher Williams and Al Wicks, associate professors of mechanical engineering with the Virginia Tech College of[…]
In 2014, Virginia Tech hosted its first university-wide competition for students to design on-demand, remote-controlled aircraft and ground vehicles made all or almost entirely through 3D printing. In 2015 the university will do the same. Through support from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the National Defense University, Robotic Research, and the Stiefel Family[…]
Virginia Tech hosted a university-wide competition for students to deign on-demand, remote-controlled 3-D printed aircraft and ground vehicles. The goal was to build an operational, remotely piloted ground or air vehicle made entirely or almost entirely via 3-D printed, or additive manufacturing, materials, that will allow future deployed military or civilian engineers to fabricate remotely-piloted[…]