SME and announce Virtual Wind Turbine Challenge.

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Since the Wind Turbine Challenge at the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014 was such a success, a supplemental virtual challenge has been announced by and SME Education Foundation to encourage students to continue engaging with 3D printing and technology. All schools that registered or attended Smartforce Student Summit are eligible to participate in this virtual challenge which will run through Oct 31. Completed builds will be tested and results uploaded to online leader board.

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SME Education Foundation and Announce Virtual Wind Turbine Challenge

New online contest encourages students to test their design and engineering skills utilizing 3D printing technology.

Visitors of recent IMTS Student Summit are eligible to participate.

(DEARBORN, Mich.,) – The Wind Turbine Challenge at the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014 was such a success that a supplemental virtual challenge has been announced by and the SME Education Foundation to encourage students to continue engaging with 3D printing and technology.

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The Wind Turbine Challenge, which took place from Sept. 8-13 at the Student Summit at IMTS in Chicago, was presented by and sponsored by the SME Education Foundation. Students used computer-aided design (CAD) modeling tools to create unique wind turbine solutions – and were able to test their turbines to see results within minutes during the challenge in the Make It! area of the Student Summit. Daily winners were awarded a test stand — valued at over $600 — to take back to their schools.“The Wind Turbine Challenge at IMTS was a perfect example of the SME Education Foundation leading student engagement on the show floor,” said Pam Hurt, manager, SME Education Foundation. “We provided hands-on activities that allowed students to design, print and test their wind blade, exposing them to manufacturing through 3D technologies.”

All schools that registered or attended the Smartforce Student Summit are eligible to participate in this new virtual challenge. Teachers are requested to organize their school’s designs and submissions; each school can submit up to five designs. Designs can be created and submitted at This virtual challenge will run through Oct. 31. Completed builds will be tested and the results uploaded to the online leader board at     

Bill Macy of noted, “We were excited to watch group after group gather around the test stations to naturally collaborate on a design strategy. Kids who didn’t understand principles like rotational inertia, drag and aerodynamic forces, left talking about how their designs were affected positively or negatively by these principles of physics.”

“The best part was finding the students that ‘engaged’ the exercise and watched the leaderboard to make sure that they made every attempt at reaching their best design. They will be our future manufacturers!”

Stratasys provided a number of its uPrint SE Plus 3D printers for the Student Summit. Students were able to quickly print their designs and then test them at the event. Stratasys will also be supporting the virtual challenge by printing designs submitted through the virtual challenge online. The winning school of the virtual challenge will receive a RIPPL3D Wind Turbine Challenge test stand that was 3D printed complements of Stratasys.

About is a web enabled gaming site that leverages 3D tools (freeware solid modeler & 3D Printers) to provide a fun and engaging environment for students of all ages to solve design challenges and search for optimized designs. Students are introduced to the product development cycle of Design/Build/Test and are encouraged to iterate their attempts while applying what they learned from past attempts. is committed to providing engaging resources that leverage the 3D environment to provide students, teachers, and organizations a fun and interactive environment to make learning fun. Follow @Rippl3D on twitter or

About the SME Education Foundation

The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, preparing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by SME in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $33 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations and individual donors. Visit the SME Education Foundation at Follow @mfgeducation on Twitter or

About Stratasys Ltd.

Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Rehovot, Israel, is a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions. The company's patented FDM®, PolyJet™, and WDM™ 3D Printing technologies produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape, and the company operates a digital-manufacturing service, comprising RedEye, Harvest Technologies and Solid Concepts. Stratasys has more than 2500 employees, holds over 600 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 25 awards for its technology and leadership. Online at: or

About IMTS

IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show is the largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. IMTS 2016 will run September 12-17. IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world's preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 100,000 visitors from every level of industry and more than 119 countries. IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

About the Smartforce Student Summit

The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS is produced by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology to heighten awareness about the innovative technologies and career opportunities in U.S. manufacturing. An industry-supported event, the 2014 event hosted more than students, teachers, administrators, and parents from more than 450 schools, from 34 states, including dozens of scout troops.

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