Since I learned about slot car racing from participants like Group T and Brian Hamilton (the winner of the i.materialise design challenge), and by helping my colleagues with the slot car movie, I have come to truly appreciate the vast design possibilities and creativity that people bring to the hobby. The afternoon of Tuesday, June 10th began with our participants trying out their slot cars on the test track in the Exhibitor’s Hall at the COBO Center in Detroit. Not only did the contestants test out their cars, but spectators also had the chance to race our own Materialise 3D-printed cars. The competition race track was situated in Atrium, a big Meeting Room in the COBO Center. We had a big screen with live captions so everyone could follow the race in great detail.
|Contestants and visitors beginning to pour in||A selection of the entrees of the Slot Car designs.|
Materialise’s CEO Fried Vancraen together with Abbey Delaney, Materialise’s North American Marketing Manager and organizer of the Slot Car evening event, counted down and the race began. Besides meeting the contestants and visitors during the reception, I saw some great designs tonight racing through the track.
And the Winner Is…
We designed some trophies using none other than our 3-maticSTL software to honor some entries that were exceptional for their speed or design.
|Picture of our little lightweight awards. The big trophy in the middle served as a decoration piece in the middle of the track.||Materialise CEO Fried Vancraen handing out the awards.|
The championship racing winner and the fastest lap were, of course, easy to determine. For the other categories, we had a jury consisting of our event speakers (see up) and some members of the event. They received a paper where they could fill in some criteria about the designs. Based on those numbers, they selected the most innovative use of AM – Crowd’s Favorite – Most Original Design.
3D-Printed Souvenirs for Everyone!
Although there were 5 declared winners of the race for different categories, to me everyone was a winner. That is why every person went home with a small souvenir:
Here is a group photo of all the contestants:
I was very surprised and happy to see the designs that ranged from the more practical and aerodynamic to the more artistic designs. Some nice examples were: a 1955 Ford pickup truck, a row boat and an ice cream truck that even played music. A lot of them used Materialise’s 3-matic software to design and Magics software to prepare the designs for 3D Printing. The participants each got the chance to introduce their design story as part of the “meet and greet”.
|Racers concentrating during their Slot Car race.||Contestants celebrating their successful race.|
In between the races, we had some interesting speakers: Jim Scape, CEO, Altair; Ed Morris, America Makes; and Debbie Holton, SME. Some media outlets such as Desktop Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Design and Fox2 News all came by to report the event.
|Ed Morris CEO of America Makes||Fried Vancraen – CEO Materialise|
The Areion Makes an Appearance at RAPID
People who attended the Slot Car evening event or visited our test track boot space at RAPID could also see The Areion car from Formula Group T. This was a project by students at Group T, part of the KU Leuven, who participated in the Formula student competition. Working in close collaboration with engineers at Materialise, the Formula Group T students went from initial shell design to a fully finished 3D-printed car body in just three weeks.
Here is the complete list of the categories and winners: