Posts with tag: ‘crowdsource’

Design an iPhone Dock for a Toyota Prius to win $1,000 in prize money and be featured in an episode of Shape Lab 360!

Konica Minolta and GrabCAD are teaming up to offer an automotive-related design challenge. Konica Minolta is asking our community to design an iPhone dock integrated into the dashboard of a Toyota Prius.

The competition begins on April 17 and will close on May 3, 2012. We are asking our community of over 160,000 creative designers and engineers to develop an iPhone dock that integrates into the dash of a Toyota Prius.

On the challenge page you will find the necessary reverse engineered models to complete this challenge. For more background, here's Shape Lab 360 Episode 1. Top winners will split a $1,000 cash prize, and the 1st prize winner’s model will be featured in Episode 3 of Shape Lab 360.

Good luck!

-The GrabCAD team

Supercar Body CAD Design Challenge officially over with 193 stunning submissions in 40 days!

500 Group's Supercar Body Design Challenge ended last night. Almost 200 designs were uploaded during this insanely popular 40 day challenge!

GrabCAD is pleased to announce 500 Group's extremely popular supercar body design challenge ended last night with 193 stunning entries from engineers all over the world. The GrabCAD community now has until April 23rd to determine the winning model, which is based solely on the number of "likes" each entry receives. Although we want to show off some of the truly wonderful submissions here, the renderings and pictures below link to the general entry pages, and not to the individual submissions. Please take time to look through all the submissions and "like" only the best ones. This is the power of GrabCAD.

Enjoy rendering?

GrabCAD is making the deal a little sweeter for anyone with rendering skills. In addition to the challenge as it stands, the 3 neatest and most professional renderings that use the GrabCAD logo on any car (in the challenge) will be awarded $50 each. Renderings will be judged solely by Mikk, our graphic designer. Mikk will take a look on April 23rd. The GrabCAD logo can be found here.


The Supercar Body Feedback Challenge is live until April 23rd. Authors of the top twelve feedback comments (which are honest, constructive and helpful) will receive $50 each. All the participants in this challenge need to write maximum of 50 words feedback to not less than 75% of all the entries in Supercar Body Challenge.

As a reminder, asking for "likes" through private messages is not an acceptable practice. The means by which winners are chosen ("like" count) is meant to harness the true potential of GrabCAD- engineers giving feedback and honestly assessing others' 3D design work.

We, at GrabCAD, are simply amazed at both the creativity and the attention to detail displayed by engineers and designers in the challenge! We are proud of the submissions to this challenge and anticipate organizing many more intriguing challenges for our engineers to display their amazing talent soon.

Good luck to all challenge participants! We're excited to see some more neat renderings uploaded and honest, constructive feedback given as the GrabCAD community browses through the submissions.




CrowdCAD Exo Bike Challenge case study

GrabCAD helped to redesign the fenders of an electric scooter Exo Neutrino by organising CrowdCAD challenge.

Exo Neutrino is a tiny electric scooter that handles like a bike, accelerates like a pocket rocket, drives you 40 miles / 60 kms in one go, and fits into the elevator. Designed with the environment in mind it’s the perfect urban companion.

The challenge was to redesign the plastic fenders on ExoBike. They were manufactured using the extrusion technique and were too fragile and not the best looking. The goal of the competition was to design and engineer new fenders using ABS plastic that will be manufactured by the common molding method. ExoBike team was not happy with the existing fenders and had been puzzled with the new design concept for a long time already. CrowdCAD was an effective and attractive way to take advantage of the power of GrabCAD's network of over 18 000 engineers and solve the design challenge without having to burden their own engineers.

ExoBike and GrabCAD teams together compiled the specification, requirements and procedures of the contest and GrabCAD announced it on July 8th. The deadline was set to 3 weeks to have enough time for the community engineers to develop the new concept.

GrabCAD engineers came up with the new designs and uploaded the files in the library. The competition encouraged engineers to try their best and exceed their skills. ExoBike team was satisfied to select the winner among 24 works and the winning engineer was given a prize chosen by ExoBike team.

ExoBike also got all results of the competition and can implement them in production later if desired.

The competition helped ExoBike to receive a selection of design solutions from which to pick the most suitable, all that in a matter of three weeks.

ExoBike took away:

  • Large selection of practical solutions for the design challenge
  • Unique, high quality results that are above standard concepts and exceeded expectations
  • Saved time and company's own engineering resources
  • Coverage in industry's media (including TechVehi and ElectricBikee)
  • Great additional ideas for further product development

Read the ExoBike fender competition announcement.

Results of the challenge are available in GrabCAD library.

Read the winner announcement here.

"Exo team was positively surprised to find that in the middle of hot summer our CrowdCAD contest created so much excitement and attention. The proposed number of designs were surprisingly high and we felt that the competition entries were thought-out and really caught ExoBike''s essence. The design of the fenders has been quite a challenge for the Exo team. Thanks to the competition, the team received lots of ideas for further development. We definitely plan to implement the best entries in manufacturing. As ExoBike is constantly evolving, we plan to launch new challenge soon."

Marko Mand, Production Development Manager, ExoBike

In summary the CrowdCAD competition proved to be again ideal way to improve or redesign a part of the machine with the help of the experts in GrabCAD global network.
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CrowdCAD Amarok Racing Challenge case study

GrabCAD, a global mechanical engineering community and CAD services marketplace with over 15.000 members, helped to redesign the triple clamp of an electric super bike for Amarok Racing team. Crowdsourced approach produced over 150 solutions in a matter of weeks.

The goal of Amarok Racing is to compete in and win in the North American Championship of the formula 75 class in 2011. The Amarok team has designed and built a ground-up, all new, radically engineered electric racing superbike that changes the power-to-weight paradigm in the industry.

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Crowdbuilding a surfboard

Coming from Estonia I'm an unlikely wave surfer. I grew up inland, spending my summers in ponds and rivers. Even moving to the coast didn't help, the Baltic Sea simply does not produce surfable waves around here. So my surfing career started quite late in the west coast of UK, paddling into tiny fun waves on huge salmon pink soft top. 3 years later I'm a decent surfer but I've never owned a surfboard made specifically for me.

Surf board sketch

All this gave me an idea to try to crowdsource a CAD model for a board that could possibly see the day of light. Here's the progress so far.
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