SOLIDWORKS Student Design Contest by DPS Software Poland

The DPS Software SOLIDWORKS Student Design Contest is a 22-year-old initiative for those who want to build their future in 3D CAD design. Since its inception, over 700 unique projects have been submitted. The story below is told by  Kamil Gruszka , CAD engineer, DPS Software Poland.  

The slogan for this year’s edition was “EXPERIENCE TOMORROW”. It referred in particular to the innovative toolkit for product lifecycle management – the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. The idea was to provide students with software that represents the future of the industry, giving them valuable experience and an extra edge in the job market. On top of that, attractive prizes, including professional workstations, tablets and CAD manipulators, were prepared for the contestants.

The DPS Software SOLIDWORKS Student Design Contest is not just about material prizes. Winning the competition is a resume builder that can have a positive impact on a student’s career.

This year they decided to award five individual projects. From automotive designs to the concept of an unmanned drone, the entries covered a wide range of areas. Below is a list of all the winners:

  • 3rd place: Dawid Dynakowski – “Design of a five-axis CNC milling machine”

We awarded 3rd prize to the design of a five-axis milling machine. It features more than 2,200 SOLIDWORKS components. With a width and depth of about 1 meter and a height of about 2 meters, the machine is designed to fit into a small workshop.

  • 2nd place: Mateusz Zelek – “John Deere tractor and fruit harvester assembly project”

Second place was awarded to the design of a harvesting machine based solely on mechanics, V-belts, gears and pulleys, with the inclusion of a tractor design. In addition to solid and surface modelling, other modules used included SOLIDWORKS Composer, where the author created the assembly instructions for the rear axle of the machine, and SOLIDWORKS Routing, where the hydraulic lines coming out of the cylinder were modelled.

  • 1st place: Grzegorz Sajdak – “Unmanned aircraft design”

This year’s winning project is a model of an unmanned aircraft designed for observation missions. It is a composite, twin-engine, electric-powered drone equipped with a mobile observation head. The work includes the electrical system design created in SOLIDWORKS Electrical. In addition, a flow analysis was performed for two wing variants using the SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation environment.


Honorable mentions:

  • Natalia Nienartowicz – “The “Red Mamba” manipulator project”

Natalia’s project is a manipulator with 7 degrees of freedom. In the future, it will be used to build a real model, most of whose components will be 3D printed. The finished project will be remotely controlled via WiFi and will respond to specific voice commands thanks to a built-in sound sensor.

  • Piotr Fudalewski – “Variable spindle spacing drill head design”

Piotr’s project is a variable-spindle drill head that allows multiple holes to be drilled simultaneously. The 772-part assembly design was supported by analytical calculations and finite element analysis in the SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION module.

Once again, we would like to thank and congratulate all of the participants.

A special thank you to DASSAULT SYSTEMES  for providing access to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform as well as the funding of one of the main prizes.

Thank you Kamil and DPS Software Poland for sharing with the SOLIDWORKS Community.  Thank you students for creating this inspirational projects to “Experience Tomorrow”.

Design well.  Marie


Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard