Featuring the 3rd Annual Extreme Redesign 3D Challenge: New England Semi-Finals

Two Great Education Events in One Location!
NEW DATE! Due to Winter Storm Stella we’ve rescheduled to March 21st, 2017 at the WPI Campus.

Looking for an exciting way to encourage persistence and innovation in your students?  We’re challenging New England students to Make it Better!

AET Labs, Stratasys, and GrabCAD are pleased to be hosting the 3rd annual Extreme Redesign 3D Challenge: New England Semi-finals during our 2017 Digital Fabrication Technologies Showcase.

Educators from throughout New England are invited to attend this event to see the latest technologies in 3D printers, 3D scanners, Lasers, & CNC machinery – all in one place. In engaging presentations and Learning Labs, experts will share their insights on Fab Labs, 3D printing software, laser cutting & engraving techniques, and more. Watch in action the machines being used in some of the most successful pre-engineering programs around! We are pleased to present the debut of the new Stratasys F370 at this years’ event! The F123 series of 3D printers are unparalleled in design features that adeptly handle a bustling school workflow, while at the same time easy to use for those new to 3D printing!

peoplechoiceDuring the showcase, local secondary level students will display their redesigns for judging in the Extreme Redesign Semi-Final event.  This challenge provides an opportunity for students to use technical and innovative skills to design an object, redesign an existingExtreme Redesign 3D Challenge product to improve it, or find a new way to complete a task or solve a problem. We are pleased to again have a chance to recognize student innovation and creativity here in New England!

We hope you can join us to help select the 2017 regional “People’s Choice” award winners, while gaining valuable insight into the latest in Digital Fabrication tools for the classroom.

Read on for details or to register!

Keynote Presentation

Tasker Smith, MIT

We are pleased to announce that Tasker Smith, a Technical Instructor in MIT’s Pappalardo Undergraduate Laboratories will join us as our keynote speaker this year.  In this hub for digital fabrication & innovation, Tasker mentors students in the practical use of digital fabrication technologies and the process of iterative prototype development. He will be presenting a talk on “Digital Fabrication and the Quest for Maker Mastery.”

2017 Digital Fabrication Technologies Showcase


3D Printers, CNC Machines, Laser Engraving & Cutting Machines, Wire Bending Devices, 3D Scanners & More!


Thinking of integrating digital fabrication technology into your school’s STEM program, or looking to upgrade your existing Makerspace or FabLab?

stratasys-booth-3d-printing-lgGet your questions answered by the experts and learn how an integrated STEM lab can promote design thinking & innovation in your school.

Along with our keynote presentation Jesse Roitenberg, National Education Sales Manager for Stratasys will share his insights on “What Does the Future of 3D Printing in Education Look Like?” Shuvom Ghose from GrabCAD will give a timely presentation on “3D Printing & Preparing Students for Industry 4.0″

Throughout the WPI arena a series of interactive learning labs will be offered to demonstrate the latest digital fabrication machines and their applications:

This year’s Learning Labs will include:

F370 from Stratasys3D Printing: Key Factors for a Balanced Design & and Introduction to the New F370! 

During this session, our guest from Stratasys will demonstrate 3D printing basics, types of 3D printers and their uses, as well as design features & techniques that prevent inconsistent builds.

Attendees will learn the benefits of having a RobotFSeriesprofessional class 3D printer available in a school-setting, and why it’s crucial for students to be acquainted with this technology. Sample 3D printed parts & other learning materials will be available for instructors to take back for their classrooms.

Laser Cutting & Engraving Machines: Transformative Tools for Your Classroom or Makerspace

epilog-learninglabExperts from Epilog Laser will demonstrate the usefulness of combining a Laser Cutting & Engraving Machine with CorelDRAW. Exercises in engraving, cutting and applications specific to STEM education curricula will be presented. Attendees will have an opportunity to customize a sample part.

You’ll be amazed at how accurate and detailed the results from a CO2 laser can be!

CNC Education – Practical Applications for Today’s Students 

Techno CNC Machine Learning LabJoin Techno Machine as they present the latest in CNC machine technology and instruction & show how these are the ideal addition to a modern MakerSpace.


3D Scanning & the Future: Applications in Education

3ddigitalcorp-new-scanner2We’ll present 3D scanning applications for fields of study such as Art, Medicine, Architecture & Reverse Engineering, demonstrate the process of 3D scanning, and have some fun scanning some of the attendees!

What is Desktop Wire Bending?

Desktop Wire Bending Machine WorkshopSee how a desktop wire bending device can enable you to bend lines, curves, or 2D shapes that can be soldered or clipped together to create 3D structures.

We’ll demonstrate how to combine the technologies of desktop wire bending with laser cutting machines and 3D printing for connecting joinery.

We hope you can come to this exciting day of learning, networking and recognizing innovation in the New England region!

Interested in joining us?
Please register here for planning purposes.

In addition to receiving a Certificate of Professional Development for training, a complimentary lunch will be provided along with sample parts and other educational materials.

About the “People’s Choice” Challenge

The 2017 “People’s Choice” semi-final event honors New England students who are entering GrabCAD’s worldwide challenge, or are simply looking to compete on a local level.  The challenge invites students to invent, innovate or improve something by re-engineering it to be printed in 3D. As Stratasys puts it: “This is a fantastic opportunity to learn how 3D printing product prototypes can turn brainstorms into fly-off-the-shelf sensations.”

Similar to last year, we’ll have a student showcase of redesign projects and allow for 2-minute presentations of their creations. All attendees will then have the opportunity to participate in the “Peoples Choice” judging process. At the events closing, we’ll announce the top three entries and award valuable cash prizes.

This year the grand prize winner will bring home their own MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printer!

Instructors who would like to enter their student’s designs are encouraged to register early for a spot in the competition.

Note: Regardless of this outcome, all student entries for the worldwide Extreme Redesign contest must be registered through GrabCAD’s portal (by March 9th, 2017) and will be judged separately.

Event Details:

Who can attend: Educators & Administrators from New England school districts are invited to attend along with 2 student ambassadors or competitors

Who can compete: The “People’s Choice” challenge is open to secondary students with an interest in innovation & STEAM disciplines – Art, Engineering, & CAD design.

When: NEW DATE! Tuesday, March 21st 2017, 9am-2pm (lunch & refreshments will be provided)

WPI Campus, 100 Institute Rd. Worcester MA 01609

Cost to attend: Registration is Free


8:00-9:00am – Arrival, set-up of student displays

9:00-9:15am – Introduction

9:15-10:00am – Keynote Speaker

10:15am -12:00pm – Technology Demonstrations and Presentations

12:00 – 1:30pm – Lunch, “Peoples Choice” Judging & Continued Technology Demonstrations

1:30 – 2:00pm  – Awards & Closing Remarks

To Register:

Register for the Extreme Redesign Challenge & Digital Fabrication Showcase HereInstructors must register with AET Labs in order to attend the Digital Fabrication Technology Showcase or to reserve a slot for their students to compete in the Extreme Redesign 3D Challenge: New England Semi-finals for a chance to win the “People’s Choice” award. Registration must be completed and submitted as soon as possible.


interested-attendingtxtInstructors & administrators are welcome to register here and benefit from the valuable workshops & lectures at this year’s event, and to checkregister-grabcadout the 2017 showcase!

Registration for the international GrabCAD challenge is encouraged, but not required, to compete in the local semi-final division. Since the contest’s inception 13 years ago, Stratasys has awarded more than $140,000 in scholarships to innovative students and their instructors!

In order to compete in GrabCAD’s Extreme Redesign worldwide challenge students must submit an entry through their portal by February 4th. Helpful tips, inspiration, and resources are available for students competing both locally or internationally via GrabCAD’s community website.

Rules and Format for the Regional Extreme Redesign “People’s Choice Awards”
  • Submissions are limited to K-12 institutions only.
  • Because of space limitations, we are asking you to narrow your program entries to two designs
    (You could have a vote among your students to select the top two designs)
    Instructors are allowed to bring up to two students.
  • Table space approximately 2.5′ x 2.5′ will be given to display entries.
  • Students must provide an overview of their project in 50 words or less


 2016 Extreme Redesign 3-D Challenge Semi-Final Winners



Kathleen Kohlstrom from Tantasqua Regional High School in Fiskdale, MA stole the show and took the top prize walking away with a new Kindle Fire and bragging rights for her redesigned paint roller handle. Kohlstrom 3D printed multiple iterations of the Extreme Roller using the Stratasys uPrint 3D Printer to achieve optimal fit, form and function. Her redesign was wonderfully presented and showed several prototypes throughout the redesign process.



Kevin Kohls made Tri-County Regional Vocational High School in Franklin, MA proud by taking the second place spot. Kevin gave a very impressive presentation of his Hands-Free Soldering Iron a design that showed a great deal of innovation and creativity. The stand gives users unrestricted use of their hands, while also working as a guide to improve stability.


Please complete the form below to register for this event: