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Autodesk Mechanical/Manufacturing Student Showcase 2013

Calling all manufacturing and mechanical engineering students in South Africa to submit any projects completed this year using Autodesk Design Software


We know there are many students using our range of manufacturing design products as part of their projects this year and we want to give you an opportunity to showcase your design ideas. Because we know how busy you guys are we are not asking you to create a new design from scratch but to rather send us examples of work already done that you are proud of.


The purpose, goals and objectives of the African Autodesk Student Design Showcase Competition is to encourage creativity, to showcase individual creative flair; design software knowledge; and to continually raise the standards of design excellence and professionalism.


Our competition also promotes camaraderie and continuing educational opportunities among students and acts as a staging area for the development of design ideas by encouraging new innovative techniques.

Please submit by no later than 30 October 2013 but we will accept submissions from today 9 October 2013.


Submission Requirements:


1.File #1 (ZIP file with a 10 MB limit)― conceptual design diagram, Specification, Mechanism etc in*.doc format
2.File #2 (ZIP file with a 50 MB limit)―Autodesk® Inventor model that formed the basis of the mechanical Design Complete Inventor model files including parts, assembly, drawings etc. created using product backup/ pack and go (functions in Autodesk Inventor)
3.File #3 .jpegs/pdf of different design stages, one must be the final design. High-resolution presentation quality screen capture from Autodesk Inventor. Screen captures in .BMP or .TIFF or pdf format with a minimum screen resolution of 1024x768 pixels.
4.A project presentation done in Powerpoint of up to 10 slides. Include short synopsis with images of final design with jpeg of top and side view.
5.Photorealistic Renderings and Animations created with Inventor Studio (optional)


How to Submit:


Email your submission to via or or post your entry on a DVD to Educad, PO Box 1905 Lonehill 2062


Please include: Your name and surname, name of your university/college, your year of study, the Autodesk software that you used, your contact telephone number, your email address



Best use of Autodesk Design Technology in a mechanical or manufacturing design project 2013



R2 000,00 Cash and a 3DConnexion 3D Mouse worth over R2 000,00 (for use with Autodesk Inventor)


R1 500,00 Cash and an Autodesk Inventor Training Manual worth R500,00

3rd prize:

R500,00 Cash and an Autodesk Inventor Training Manual worth R500,00


Judging Criteria:


1. Concept Design (Originality) 25 Marks

2. Designing Model (Use of Autodesk Inventor Professional) (25 Marks)

  • Presence of part features in part Modeling

  • Accuracy of dimensions

  • Tolerances

  • Surfaces

  • Presentation

  • Shaded views (rendering)

3. Mechanical Assemblies & Detail Drawing for Manufacture (Use Autodesk Inventor Professional (25 Marks)

  • Part Modelling

  • Assembly Modelling

  • Dimensioning inc GDT (Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing)

  • Drawing Views & Presentation of design

4.  Presentation and communication design intent (25 Marks)

5. Bonus sustainable design (10 Marks)

  • Design Process

  • Use of Sustainable Design Strategies

  • Use of Software for Analysis and Communication



1. Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

2. Autodesk software must have been the main software used in your project.

3. By submitting your design you agree that Autodesk may use it for promotional and marketing use and that it may be shared with local media (we promise to reference you and your university at all times)


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