The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and software company Autodesk
have agreed a partnership to support the Design Challenge
, the Institution’s fast-growing competition for engineering students.
The partnership is marked by the launch of a new Web site for the 2021 Design Challenge
which was built with support from Autodesk (www.imechedesignchallenge.org
The Design Challenge
brings together thousands of engineering students from universities across the UK who compete using their creativity and technical skills to solve a specific engineering problem.
Autodesk education manager Steven Parkinson said: “The Design Challenge
emulates a real-life design and manufacture problem, including briefs, specifications, rules, teams and deadlines. It’s a fantastic challenge that prepares and tests students under pressurised situations.” Design Challenge 2021
will bring together teams of first- and second-year university students to follow a system engineering process to develop, build and test a repeatable vehicle that could be used for bulk materials handling purposes. The competition is also supported by industry partners Mercedes AMG HPP and data storage company Mashoom.
The competition gives participants the chance to develop their engineering knowledge, soft skills and practical abilities with a real-world project. As a result, competitors gain direct experience of working in a team on an engineering project, making them highly desirable graduates to industry.
Steering group chair Dr David Ball said: ”The competition covers the key requirements of a professional engineer and gives the students an insight into what will be expected of them when they graduate.”
Mark Galea, who was part of the Brunel University London team that won the 2019 National Final, said: “The Design Challenge
is an excellent competition which allowed me and my teammates to apply all that we had learned from our studies.”
Teams taking part in this year’s competition will also be able to access a portfolio of tools across the entire Autodesk Fusion 360 platform. Participants will apply the most modern technology including Generative Design, in order to devise innovative solutions.
The Autodesk Fusion 360 platform creates a dynamic network that connects the entire product development and manufacturing eco-system with a central, cloud-based model, eliminating the friction between people, activities and machines, so teams can collaborate seamlessly, and spend more time on innovation than iteration.
First and second year university students or an academic leads can visit the newly launched Design Challenge Web site
to download the updated rules and technical specification documents, ahead of submitting team information by the registration deadline of 15 November 2020.