The 'Get Radical' Razor PowerWing Scooter Design Challenge is over and the winners have been announced. Read what the winners said about their entries and what they learned from participating in this Challenge.
1st place Razor Scooter by Jonathan and Petar Trlajic
I wasn’t even going to enter the Challenge because I couldn’t figure out Solid Edge. We probably spent 12-14 hour days, 7 days a week working right up until the last minute. Everyone was a winner even for participating - your work has been looked at by many people so the exposure is worth something in itself. I have seen more feedback and response from my design work over the past six months from being apart of GrabCAD than with any other form of exposure. One day you will be on the podium, and it feels great. Never give up.
The most challenging part with this design Challenge was the time frame. A good CADr knows that you can eat up a few days just on renderings alone. I usually try to shoot for feasibility with most of my designs, so that adds a lot of extra effort. For instance, the “Glide Masters” main feature is its ability to fold into a compact suitcase-sized package. I had to build the model and test for interferences. The problem is, you can have half the model done and realize that you have a huge interference with a certain part. Then you have to start all over.
I decided to enter the Challenge the moment Jonathan said he needed help. In that moment, I got a “feeling” about our final results, because I think I’m one of the fastest Solid Edge users on GrabCAD and I like to work under pressure. I’ve participated in a few [Challenges], but this was special for me, mostly because I’ve proved my skills for the first time. The hardest thing was to convince Jonathan to trust that we are awesome duo and we can finish before the deadline. We didn’t know each other and there was no time for chat.
2nd place Razor Scooter by Jake Shannon
I am 30 years old and I have an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Penn State University, as well as multiple other certificates in machining and welding. I have seven years experience as a mechanical equipment designer and almost four years experience as an application engineer. I have been using Solid Edge since v15 and am now learning NX as well. I train and support Solid Edge users, install and service 3D Printers, and also manage projects that go through our model shop. I really love what I do.
The Razor Challenge was right up my alley as I have always been into extreme sports. My time is very limited right now, so I didn't get to put as much into it as I would have liked. I am going to estimate about 16-18 hours from start to finish. The most challenging aspect of this was teaching myself how to render using KeyShot on such a limited schedule. I have little to no rendering experience, but I enjoyed learning it and I am looking forward to learning more.
3rd place Razor Scooter by Kiwano
Before this, I never tried to design a scooter. I thought that [this Challenge] could be a lot of fun and a reason for me to learn new software. I created a few ideas, but decided to upload only one – the most simple. I deeply agree with the statement that “less is more.” I can't define how many hours I spent on the entry, because my design was an evolution of all the projects I had created earlier.
I have never used Solid Edge before, so the biggest challenge was getting to know the new software. Happily for me, Solid Edge has a lot of great free tutorials and awesome options like direct editing. The program is incredibly powerful and smart and has made a huge impression on me. The second software, KeyShot, has become my favorite one. It’s simply beautiful; best rendering software on the planet.
4th place Razor Scooter by Sami Kallamäki
Currently, I am studying at Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts in Finland. I participated in this Challenge because I wanted to learn Solid Edge and, of course, I wanted to win Keyshot.
The ideation phase took around one evening. I worked for a couple of days with first version of my design and a couple of more days with two other design variations. Most of the time, I was studying and testing the features of Solid Edge. The most challenging thing for me was to think of a fresh idea or nice base shape to start the design. And in this case, studying new software in a very short amount of time.
Our other winners - Kristo, Nagano, Pouriya, and Stefan
Kristo works mainly in industrial design and product development. He enjoys CAD and rendering and spends hours after work on projects, so he thought, “Why not take part at a Challenge?” The most challenging part for Kristo was the FEM calculations on the rear plastic deck. It took quite some time to get the right result. After 14 years creating various sales promotion tools for clients and studying at NYU SCPS, Nagano left to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a product designer. He entered because his kids love scooters. He spent around 80 hours learning Solid Edge for his entry. The hardest thing was expressing his idea in a new CAD software.
Pouriya studied manufacturing at a local university. He also entered the Challenge to try Solid Edge. Stefan worked as an architect, opened an advertising agency with a friend, and after a fateful cutter plotter project spent the last 21 years developing and building CNC machines - parts, electronic circuits, and software. I decided to join this Challenge after seeing videos for Solid Edge. It was love at first sight. He spent 30 hours designing and learning. There was little time left for rendering.
Congratulations to all winners and good luck with participating in future Challenges! You can read more about the 'Get Radical' Razor PowerWing Scooter Design Challenge on GrabCAD.