At SolidWorks, I get to work with amazing customers, from middle school teachers to university researchers. I also get to work with our commerical customers that design amazing products. I first met Edge Factor producer, Jeremy Bout filming at SolidWorks customer, Straitline Components in Victoria, BC Canada last summer. Straitline manufactures high performance bike components. With design engineers and manufacturing right in the same shop – I was like a kid in a candy store.
Jeremy’s dream was to make manufacturing exciting and as a result teamed up with PINKBIKE to develop the Reality Redesign contest. I was fortunate to be one of the judges along with my engineering colleague, Mark Sneider, here at SolidWorks, who reviewed these amazing designs. There were many judges that were experts in rapid protoyping, manufacturing and high performance bike athlete, Mike Montgomery.
The Grand Prize goes to Cody with his Thomson To I-Beam Adapter. When I was judging, Cody clearly stated Form, Fit and Function and was ready to take his design to a manufacturer. Well done.
2nd Place – Daniel with his "DF-350" frame design with a great use of a layout sketch.
3rd Place – Stephanie with her "Flexible Floating Piston" suspension design provided clear benefits to the rider.
Congratulations to all the students who participated in this Reality Redesign PINKBIKE contest. You shared great designs and great ideas with us.
And thank you to Edge Factor for showing students that design and manufacturing can be amazing. Jeremy, your dream has come true.