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SpaceClaim GrabCAD Challenge Winners Announced

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

CONCORD, MA, November 28, 2012 -- SpaceClaim, the leading provider of flexible and affordable 3D for engineering design and manufacturing, and GrabCAD, a web destination for engineers to share their talent, expand knowledge, and work with tools and features that make life better, today announced the winners of the SpaceClaim GrabCAD Challenge. For entries, we asked participants to start with GrabCAD’s collection of models or models from other sources to improve someone else’s design using SpaceClaim Engineer.

First Place - Flaviano Crespi combined many models from the GrabCAD site to create a new automobile concept based on hang glider aerodynamics. The judges deemed this entry to be original and have a high level of detail and modeling complexity. The resulting “formula-mix” design is a good example of how easily new designs can be created from disparate concepts, explored, and evaluated using SpaceClaim. Flaviano is the winner of $3,000 plus a perpetual license of SpaceClaim Engineer. For more details, see the actual entry on the GrabCAD site: http://grabcad.com/library/formula-mix.

“SpaceClaim is fantastic,” said Mr. Crespi, “and it was fun to use and I did all this work with no training or technical assistance because SpaceClaim is so intuitive to use. This work would have taken me four times longer using any of the traditional CAD packages. I highly recommend SpaceClaim to anyone who needs to design a complex device quickly,” he added.

Second Place - Victor Terán created a portable pullover rain guard for use when biking in an unexpected rain storm. By re-using supporting models (bike parts, human figure, plus models created with other modeling tools) along with SpaceClaim’s direct editing and creation capabilities, Victor was able to quickly illustrate his original concept. The judges liked his use of SpaceClaim as an early 3D prototyping tool that helped turn his initial concept sketches into 3D models and renderings. Victor is the winner of $2,000 plus a perpetual license of SpaceClaim Engineer. For more details, see the actual entry on the GrabCAD site: http://grabcad.com/library/bykover--1

Third Place
- Ismail H. Sanliturk submitted a design for a modified RepRap DIY 3D printer. RepRap printers are designed to be able to print most of their own components. Without access to a 3D printer, however, Ismail wanted to redesign the RepRap so that it could be easily created on a 3-axis milling machine. SpaceClaim made this task easy as it afforded Ismail the flexibility to precisely measure and change any element of the design. The judges especially appreciated his use of SpaceClaim’s drawing capabilities to document the resulting design. Ismail is the winner of $1,000 plus a perpetual license of SpaceClaim Engineer.  For more details, see the actual entry on the GrabCAD site: http://grabcad.com/library/modified-mendel-huxley

Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Places
- Riccardo Gatti’s entry created a model of a toy train by referencing faceted STL data and then enhancing the model by adding elements from other GrabCAD designs http://grabcad.com/library/super_wooden_train). Ben Foster created a skull-shaped bike attachment with lights and a fog dispenser that was made entirely in SpaceClaim (http://grabcad.com/library/haloween-bike-light-optional-smoke-machine). And finally, Paul Tripon started with an original motorbike and then modified it into a three-wheeled vehicle, replacing or modifying most parts while adding some fun styling (http://grabcad.com/library/etrike). These winners each get a SpaceClaim fleece jacket and a GrabCAD t-shirt.

Review all the entries on the GrabCAD site: http://grabcad.com/challenges/spaceclaim-challenge/entries

“All of us at SpaceClaim congratulate the winners and all of the entrants,” said Chris Randles, SpaceClaim President and CEO. “It clearly demonstrates how SpaceClaim makes it easy to reuse a wide variety of existing CAD data to create new concepts.  These results mirror what our customers do every day: innovate by creating new products that are directly derived from existing work, without remodeling.
Many of these entrants have no prior experience with our product, a further proof-point of SpaceClaim’s unparalleled ease of learning and ease of use.”

About GrabCAD

GrabCAD is the largest online community by, and for, Mechanical Design Engineers. From engineers looking to share their talent and designs with the world, to customers looking to crowd-source solutions to their toughest design problems from 320,000+ GrabCAD members, to employers contracting directly with engineers for ad-hoc design work in lieu of full-time hires, to members who simply wish to download from our extensive catalog of free models, GrabCAD brings the power of the web to all mechanical design needs. A GrabCAD Challenge is an open competition offered by a sponsor to the GrabCAD community, with various levels of prizes awarded to the winners as selected by the sponsor's jury. A Challenge is an extremely effective way to reduce cost and schedule for design work, as well as to stimulate and re-energize in-house staff.

About SpaceClaim Corporation
SpaceClaim, the leading provider of 3D Direct Modeling software, develops the best direct modeling solution for engineering and manufacturing. SpaceClaim’s acclaimed software is easy to learn and use and is completely CAD-neutral. It enables engineers and other manufacturing professionals to rapidly create new designs or manipulate and edit existing 2D and 3D geometry, without the complexity of traditional CAD. Customers include Toyota Motor Corporation, Nokia Siemens Networks, Bosch, TE Connectivity, BorgWarner, Medtronic, Lotus Cars, Sharp, Ford Motor Company, LG Electronics, Eaton, K2 Medical Systems, Emhart Glass, Carl Zeiss, General Dynamics, and the U.S. Navy. SpaceClaim is privately held and backed by Borealis Ventures, Kodiak Venture Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners, and Needham Capital. For more information on SpaceClaim, please visit www.spaceclaim.com.