Virginia Tech Additive Manufacturing Design Competition
Spring 2015


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).

Workforce Development

Engage the next-generation of engineers, emphasizing workforce development, STEM outreach, fundamental research in AM, and potential commercialization opportunities.

Media / Resources

Holistic exploration of deployable AM systems, decreased energy intensity, and material utilization in advanced manufacturing processes.

About Us

FIRST and ONLY Competition or initiative by an academic institution utilizing student teams to specifically design a functioning vehicle via additive manufacturing (AM).

Spring 2015 Challenge: Design and fabricate a remotely-piloted hybrid vehicle that can perform air and ground tasks via AM.


May 1, 2015 - Blacksburg, Virginia
"This avenue provides an exciting opportunity to test future fielding technologies."

- 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

    DHS (S&T)

  • Dr. Steve McKnight

    Virginia Tech

  • Mr. Philip King

    Survice Engineering

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Metrics from Spring 2014 AM Design Competition
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2014 Competition teams were comprised of students with a wide variety of majors ranging from engineering to English.
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Student teams spanned all age-groups, including freshmen enrolled in general engineering courses and graduate students.
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Difference between pre/post Competition survey indicated significant improvement in AM, CAD, and Design skill sets.
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The Spring 2014 Competition resulted in five (5) patent applications for truly novel and useful designs.