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2017 Digital Manufacturing Challenge Winners

Sponsored by the Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech Group, which is part of SME's Additive Manufacturing Community


Virginia Tech Logo     Team Members:
Eric Gilmer
Camden Chatham
Jacob Fallon
  Academic Advisor:
Christopher Williams, PhD
   Golf Grip Render

Winning Design: Additively Manufactured Personalized Golf Training Grip

The Virginia Tech team created a Customized Golf Grip to facilitate proper swings and allow players to practice without a professional's supervision. The grips are custom fit using clay, which is scanned to create a 3D-CAD model. Using additive manufacturing, the CAD model is directly manufactured into a set of grips.

Customized Golf Grip One Page Summary | Customized Golf Grip Detailed ReportGolf Grip Simulation Video

Virginia Tech
 (Left to right): 2017 challenge winners Eric Gilmer, Camden Chatham and Jacob Fallon of
Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and Carl Dekker, chair of the SME’s DDM Tech Group.

First Runner-Up

Texas A&M Logo     Team Members:
Justin McGinnity
Cody Piercey
  Academic Advisor:
Tanil Ozkan, PhD
  Texas A&M Exoskeleton

First Runner-Up Design: An Analysis of the Benefits of DDM Processes for The Exoskeleton

With the increasing amount of neck injuries and concussions due to sports and other risky activities such as horseback riding or snow skiing, protection of the neck and cranium are of vital importance. The Exoskeleton was developed by the students at Texas A&M in response to this, as the mobility of some is prohibited by fear of injury or injury itself.

 Honorable Mention

Coast Guard Seal   Team Members:
Michaela McKeown
Savannah Lyle
Luke Dewhirst
Kyle Levy
Ian Meyer
Zach Velasquez
  Academic Advisor:
Ronald Adrezin, PhD
  Pressure Sensing Seat

Honorable Mention Design: Pressure Sensing Actuated Seat to Prevent Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers are common for people who are elderly, paralyzed, or injured. Current cushions provide support to minimize concentrated pressure, but there are no seating devices which incorporate biofeedback to prevent pressure sores. This prototype senses pressure applied to the seat in an array, and each module can raise or lower in order to decrease pressure across the seat.