06 December 2017
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Seeking tomorrow’s leading engineers

The design engineering talent of the future battled it out for cash prizes at Engineering Newcomer 2017 and proved the versatility of standard components.

Developed by standards component specialists norelem with CADENAS, leaders in parts and parts software management, Engineering Newcomer allows students from around the world to showcase their engineering innovations.

Now in its fourth year, this year’s edition saw participants from Brazil, India, Croatia and Serbia enter for the first time in the history of the event. The competition was held at the Motek trade fair in Stuttgart on 11 October.

First place was awarded to a student from the University of Stuttgart. The project that won was a design and prototype of a drive unit for a rollator, earning the student the Junior Researcher Award title and 2,000€ (£1,780).

The drive unit won for its innovation in being able to exert the necessary force to drive the rollator uphill independently. This allowed the user to exert less effort and make it safer going downhill as well.

Marcus Schneck, CEO of norelem, said: “Engineering Newcomer is a highly important event in the calendar for up and coming design engineers as they get to raise awareness of their engineering abilities to a global audience. Even though the event is still relatively new, we are finding participants registering from all corners now. Engineering innovation is showing no signs of slowing and the competition gives opportunities for ideas to be heard.”

Engineering Newcomer 2017 attracted 31 teams, ranging from single university students to school classes, competing for a total cash prize of 7,000€ (£6,240). Second place and 1,000€ (£890) went to Class TM2C, comprising of 29 students from the Engineering School of Munich, for their design of a production plant used in the future for the control and automation technology classroom. Third place was given to three students from the Engineering School Allgäu Kempten for their twin wheeler project, designed for leisure activities and as a second car.

The competition launched for the first time in 2014, in order to give young talents a chance to present their interesting, self-developed design project.

Brian Wall

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