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2020 Digital Manufacturing Challenge Winners

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

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Western Washington University

SME Student Chapter 125

Project Lead:
Devon Kaufman

Advisor:
Dr. David Gill

Winning Design: Economic Production of Helical Savonius Vertical Turbines for Natural Disaster Relief

The Western Washington University team investigated the current limitations of wind turbine blades and how direct digital manufacturing could take an integral role in the production. The blade guide design in the report utilizes FDM printing in order to achieve the same complex geometry that is achieved in composite technology without costly one off molds designs, equipment and materials. The wind turbine includes a scalable design that can be fit to a variety of consumer applications and environments. The cycle time is minimized by utilizing outsourced sheet plastic and metal shafts while lead times are minimized through 3d printing rather than molds. This solution offers a low cost method of manufacturing a power source for emergency relief and communications.

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Grand Valley State University

Team Members:
Noah Bollo
Matthew Fontana
Taylor Hepler

Advisor:
Dr. Sanjivan Manoharan

2nd Place Winner: The Fog Collector

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Texas A&M University

Team Members:
Jimmy Jaraczewski
Spencer Dempsey
Nicolas Stockton

Advisor:
Dr. Wayne Hung

3rd Place Winner (tie): Housing Block Design for 3D Binder Jetting

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Texas A&M University

Team Members:
Jonathan Heeter
Mark Abbey
Sebastian Salazar
Shyam Balasubramanian
Zach Norwood

Advisor:
Dr. Wayne Hung

3rd Place Winner (tie): FireBreaker

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