Mouser Electronics congratulates the winners of the 2014 Create the Future Design Contest. The grand prize winning design is a 3D printer capable of building a house within a day. Mouser is a major sponsor of the 12th annual NASA Tech Briefs magazine “Create the Future” Design Contest, a global challenge to engineers and students to create the next great thing. Mouser was joined in the 2014 sponsorship by its valued partners Analog Devices and Intel. The winners will be recognised at an awards dinner on November 7 in New York City.
The contest attracted more than 1000 innovative ideas from engineers and students in 61 countries. The winner of the $20,000 grand prize is Contour Crafting, a computerised construction method that rapidly 3D prints large-scale structures directly from architectural CAD models.
Behrokh Khoshnevis, a professor at University of Southern California, who invented Contour Crafting, views this invention as a proven concept. Khoshnevis says: “Bringing 3D printing to construction is bringing a concept to a proven application. For many years, building has been done in layers – concrete foundation blocks, brick laying, structural framing, etc. I am very happy to receive this award and find it to be very timely as I am in the process of fundraising and I think this recognition will help me greatly in furthering the project.”
Kevin Hess, Vice President of Technical Marketing at Mouser Electronics, says: “We congratulate this year’s winners for their ingenuity, and commend all of the entrants for taking part in this exciting program that fosters technological innovation. As a distributor of leading technologies, ‘Creating the Future’ is very much at the heart of what we support here at Mouser, and we are excited to help design engineers and want to thank them for their important contributions. Engineers really deserve the credit for the amazing ingenuity we are seeing today in electronic design.”
Joseph Pramberger, publisher of NASA Tech Briefs, says: “Mouser is known worldwide for their rapid introduction of the newest products, and unparalleled support of innovation. We are excited for the opportunity to work with such a solid partner – one known in the industry for their strong commitment to foster and serve engineers and their design needs.”
For a complete list of this year’s winners in the Create the Future’ Design Contest, visit www.mouser.com/createthefuture2014.