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On Wednesday March 15, Scott Summit, Chairman of the Jury announced the winners of the Additive World Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge 2017.

From a group of 76 contestants, both professionals and students, 3 finalists were selected per category. After the presentation of all finalists to the Jury, two winners were selected that succeeded best at achieving the assignment to make a new design or redesign an existing product for additive manufacturing.

The ‘Chocolate Shock Prevention Team’ of Lareka Confectionery Equipment from The Netherlands won in the professionals category with their redesigned ‘Sealer Arm’ for a chocolate bar packaging line. The redesigned and 3D printed sealer arm successfully combined a substantial increase in the quality of chocolate packaging because of better temperature regulation with a reduction of 50 parts.

The winner in the students category is Cassidy Silbernagel, from the University of Nottingham, UK. He won the Student category for the second time with a wonderfully redesigned carburetor including integrated moving parts, floats, light-weight internal lattice structures and optimized design to reduce the number of support structures. His design showed a skillful combination of unique characteristics of additive manufacturing.

Besides the winners of the Design Challenge, Additive Industries presented two Additive World Awards. Dr.-Ing. Wilhelm Meiners, leader of the Fraunhofer ILT research group Rapid Manufacturing, received the Industrial Achievement Award for his research on the selective laser melting technology in the nineties and the extensive and broad contribution since then on development of materials, processes and applications. Moreover he has built a large community of additive manufacturing professionals that were trained and educated in his institute.

Youping Gao of Castheon and Aerojet Rocketyne, accepted the Industrial Achievement Award for his extensive work on process and application development for additive manufacturing. He headed the team that certified the first 3d printed part for a manned space flight.

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