3d for 2k event

From: Elaine Hunt (ehunt@ces.clemson.edu)
Date: Tue Jun 25 2002 - 17:51:50 EEST

The idea of 3d for 2k has been kicked around for a number of years... so
below are ideas for comments, suggestions, and flames, plus volunteers......


(3D under $2K)
3 Dimensional Replicator Competition

Vision: To produce functional designs for low cost machines that can
replicate 3 dimensional objects from computer data models. (CAD, 3D
Imaging, and VR file formats)

Mission: To encourage students (and home hobbyists) to build a 3
dimensional replicating system for less than $2K that is capable of
building useful parts.

Design a 3D replicating system using "off the shelf" or easy to fabricate
parts, that can be built for less than $2000 USD. Thereby increasing public
awareness of prototyping technologies and the use of 3 dimensional

         Must submit an object replicated by the system.
Must describe and demonstrate the operational parameters.
Must describe or demonstrate the use or function of the replicated parts.
         Must identify the costs of build materials and operation.
         Must submit a report with construction diagrams, parts list and
         Must be public domain work.

Time Frame: Work must begin in ? 2002 and final submission of paper and
models must be made by ? , 2003. (ideas of timing are welcome)

Promotion: Entrants must be willing to be interviewed by the media and
promote the competition.

Judging: A committee of business leaders will select finalists based on
quality of replicated objects, ease of use, functionality of objects, and
cost to create the system and the replicated objects.

Finalist Judging: Replicator systems must be operational during event held
for judging.

Publication: All submissions will be posted on a web site with complete
plans and materials lists available. 2004 competition will build on
previous work.

"In war, attempts thought to be impossible do often for that very reason
become possible and practical, because nobody expects them and no
precautions are taken to guard against them." Benjamin Franklin

Elaine Hunt, Director
Laboratory to Advance Industrial Prototyping
100 Fluor Daniel Building
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634

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