Extreme Redesign Competition and Digital Fabrication Showcase

Exteme Redesign logo largeTwo Great Education Events in One Location!  March 2nd, 2016 on the WPI Campus

Once again, AET Labs will honor our New England area high schools for their participation by hosting the 2nd annual regional semi-finals. Join us for a day of local student innovation and creativity as we select the regional winners for this contest and give away some great prizes!

All are welcome – You don’t need to have a student submission to attend!

In addition to the heated competition, we’ll be conducting mini-workshops and demonstrating the latest in 3D printers, 3D scanners, Lasers, CNC and other technologies that are being used in some of the most successful pre-engineering programs around.

SSYS_TYPEMARK_-«_302Since the contest’s inception 12 years ago, Stratasys has awarded more than $130,000 in scholarships to innovative students and their instructors.



Steve Chomyszak.fwGuest Speaker, Steve Chomyszak
Project-Based Learning with
3D Printing

Steve was the co-founder and CTO of Mechanology, Inc. which grew to a 30 person technology company developing high efficiency positive displacement compressors and expanders along with steam turbines ranging in power from 150 kW to 3.5 MW. Steve has worked on and managed numerous multi-million dollar commercial and government contracts developing technology for automotive fuel cells, diesel gensets, compressed air energy storage, high-efficiency oil-free compressors, and solar-thermal power generation and is named on numerous U.S. and International patents.

Steve joined Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2012 as a faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department and was a co-recipient of the William E. Roberts endowed professorship this previous fall. He worked closely with Stratasys during the introduction of Stratasys’ Global 3D Printing Curriculum and was selected to teach the inaugural course in the U.S. at Wentworth. Most recently, Steve was promoted to the Director of EPIC Learning at Wentworth where he combines his experience in industry and academia to help nurture the growing campus wide culture of innovation taking place at Wentworth. He is also an Ambassador to Wentworth’s Accelerate program which is focused on developing innovation and entrepreneurship amongst its students and is a member of the Institute’s Intellectual Property Committee. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from Syracuse University and Master of Science in General Engineering from Stanford.

Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge New England Regional Semi-Finals

ER zero gravity mixer

Similar to last year, we’ll have a student showcase of redesign projects and allow for 2-minute presentations of their creations. All attendees will then have the opportunity to participate in the “Peoples Choice” judging process. At the events closing, we’ll announce the top three entries and award prizes. From there, all three winners will go on to compete in the nationals contest.

For students to compete in this event, they must submit an entry through the Stratasys ER portal by Feb 4th. Instructors must then register for this event below and indicate their student entries. All instructors are welcome to attend even if their students do not compete. This is a great opportunity to learn about the field of contestants and what to expect in next year’s competition – Instructors are allowed to bring up to two students.

Extreme Competition

Event Details

Who can compete: Students from middle schools, comprehensive high schools, private academies and CTE schools

What: Engineering Secondary Category

When: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm (lunch will be provided)

Where: WPI – 100 Institute Rd, Worcester, MA 01609

Cost to attend: Free


9:00-10:00am – Arrival, set-up of student displays

10:00am – Introduction

10:15am – Instructor Presentations – Experiences with 3D Printing in the classroom

11:15am – Stratasys Presentation – 3D Printing from Education to Industry

12:15pm – Lunch

1:00pm – Student Presentations

1:30pm – Peoples Choice Judging

2:30pm – Student Awards

3:00pm – Depart

Rules and Format
  • Submissions are limited to K-12 institutions only.
  • Multiple submissions per school will be accepted. However, only one event finalist will be selected from your program.
  • Because of space limitations, Instructors are welcome to bring two student representatives.
  • Table space approximately 2.5′ x 2.5′ will be given to display entries.
  • As much as we’d enjoy your company, you don’t need to be present to compete. However, in order to qualify for prizes, you must participate in this event.


1st place winnerDesigner’s description:

This project is a design for NASA’s HUNCH Project by Tri-County RVTHS. The design is a zero-gravity scale, meaning a device that will measure the masses of different objects in space. The project takes advantage of centrifugal force on objects. The objects pulled by centrifugal force are attached to force sensors that measure the force exerted on the objects… To learn more about this and other winning projects, visit Extreme Redesign 2015 Winners.

Digital Fabrication Technologies Showcase and Learning Labs

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Learn how a 3D scanner works and get a scan of yourself. See the latest in 3D printing technology and get a sample part. Be amazed at the accuracy and detail of a C02 laser. Watch a CNC wire bender create a project that combines several fab lab technologies in one. Collaborate with other instructors and gather information on how to integrate these solutions into your program.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see all these digital fabrication technologies in one location!

In addition to receiving a Certificate of Professional Development for training, a complimentary lunch will be provided along with sample parts and other educational materials.


Extreme Technology

Learning Labs

Epilog Zing 24 Co2 Laser Package

Applications in Laser Engraving

Using CorelDraw, we’ll demonstrate the usefulness of this combination in software and machine. Exercises in engraving, cutting and applications specific to Department of Education standards will be displayed. Each attendee will have an opportunity to customize a sample part.


uPrint Solo 23D Printing: Facts, Myths and Applications

What makes a professional class desktop 3D printer a professional class machine? During this session, we’ll be discussing the top technological break-throughs in 3D printing as well as exposing the design flaws in other 3D printers that cause poor quality and inconsistent builds.



eScan 3D ScannerThe future of 3D Scanning

Art, Architecture, Reverse Engineering: These are the typical applications of 3D scanning. We’ll discuss these applications further, demonstrate the process and have some fun by scanning some of the attendees.


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What is Desktop Wire Bending?

Bend lines, curves, or 2D shapes that can be soldered or clipped together to create 3D structures.  We’ll demonstrate how to combine technologies such as laser cutting and 3D printing for connecting joinery.


FESTO Meclab Teaching System


Teaching with Digital Fabrication Tools

The MecLab® system is used for teaching industrial mechatronics systems. So what does it have to do with digital fabrication? Attend this session and learn how to apply the “Design Process” using this teaching solution and how to integrate lots of 3D printing.