Apply topological and thermal optimization on real products

APPLICATIONS OPEN!

Applications for the 2022 edition of the PROTO Challenge are open!

 

READ THE NOTICE APPLY HERE!

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WHAT IS THE PROTO CHALLENGE?
An initiative with the aim of training and enabling companies to explore the benefits and techniques of mechanical design with advanced software to improve the performance of the product (or component) and production with additive techniques. 5 teams of young talents in the course of 10 weeks will analyze and redesign 5 products that will be selected from a commission of experts.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Groups of students with different backgrounds will have from March to May to analyze and redesign real products and components (metal or plastic) in such a way that they can be producible using additive manufacturing techniques. The Challenge is designed for industrial and materials engineering, physics, math, economics and management students (even if anyone can apply).
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WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE? During the PROTO Challenge you will apply the Finite Element Analysis to an existing product with a relevant company in the sector. You will use Advanced features  to optimize product performance (e.g. lightness and rigidity) and to make it producible with additive or hybrid manufacturing techniques. Besides a winning team will receive an e-ink tablet as a prize, for drawing, taking notes and for reading documents and textbooks.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Applications are open to all students enrolled at the University of Trento, University of Bolzano and ECIU universities (including Ph.D.) and those who have obtained a title at this institutes within the last 18 months. A commission appointed by HIT will identify students (Solvers) who will be able to participate in the Challenge and train the teams (also taking into account student preferences). The criteria are specified in the Notice.
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PROTO Challenge is a HIT initiative created in collaboration with:
The PROTO Chellenge is part of the European project INNOADDITIVE. This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870598. Furthermore, it has been adopted in the iProduce project as a best practice for supporting open innovation and co-creation activities.
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