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Create the Future Design Competition Sponsored by SolidWorks and NASA Tech Briefs

By SpaceRef Editor
August 13, 2007
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Celebrating the “a-ha!” moment latent in every product designer and engineer, the Create the Future Design Contest sponsored by SolidWorks Corporation and NASA Tech Briefs is accepting entries from inventors around the world.

Engineers and product designers have until Oct. 15, 2007 to submit ideas for the next invention that could change how we work, play, and live. In its sixth year, the contest celebrates the exploration of new ways to design the as yet unimagined. Aside from the $20,000 grand prize, the contest will award an HP workstation to each category winner, and $250 to the top 10 most visited entries. To submit an entry or to find out more information, visit Other contest co-sponsors include COMSOL, Hewlett-Packard, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Contestants can choose from machinery, equipment and component technology; consumer products; medical; safety and security; transportation; and sustainable technologies. A panel of expert judges evaluates entries based on innovation, marketability, manufacturability, and cost effectiveness. Winning ideas can include products that are entirely conceptual, or in prototyping or early production. The key criteria will be bold alternatives to conventional approaches.

Qualified entries will include a text description (500 words or less) on an idea for a mechanical or electro-mechanical product in the categories above. They should also include a 30-word abstract of the idea and a 30-word description of the problem solved. Finally, they should have one or more visual illustrations.

About NASA Tech Briefs

NASA Tech Briefs is an official publication of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration, with a qualified circulation surpassing 190,000. Authored by the engineers or scientists who did the work, the briefs span a wide array of fields, including electronics, physical sciences, materials, computer software, mechanics, machinery/automation, manufacturing/fabrication, mathematics/information sciences, and life sciences. For more information, visit:

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology, giving teams intuitive, high-performing software that helps them design better products. For more information, visit

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