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MassRobotics announced the release of Challenge robots form and function With a grand prize of $25,000, plus $5,000 for second and third place and a $5,000 People’s Choice Award. The competition finals will be held on May 11th Robotics Summit and Expo in Boston.
The challenge calls on university teams or individuals to create a robotics or automation project that delivers a compelling task-specific form factor while performing a useful function. The Challenge is open to participants from all over the world, and encourages cross-collaboration between cutting-edge software and hardware providers including MassRobotics strategic partners Onshape, Lattice Semiconductor, Nano Dimension, Danfoss, FESTO, Novanta, and Analog Devices.
The challenge requires selected applicants to use offers from at least two of the seven partners. Examples of offers available to participants include:
lattice semiconductors: FPGA technology with its suite of solutions for the machine vision camera
Onship: Cloud native CAD platform
Nano Dimensions: 3D printed circuit boards and design review
Festo: Vacuum clutch kit and electric motors
Novanta: drives, inductive position coders, and RFID
Danfoss: Remote control and PLUS + 1 controller
Judges will score on a number of factors and criteria including:
- Is this inspiration?
- Is this impressive?
- Use of partner technology
- solving problems
- Comprehensive implementation
Applications to participate in the challenge open on December 12, 2022 and close on February 3, 2023. An informational webinar will take place on December 14, 2022. Find more details and apply over here.
The selected teams will be announced on February 10, 2023. Once teams are selected, they will be provided with technical support in the form of software, hardware, experiences and regular check-ins with the sponsoring partners of the Challenge. Teams have until May 5, 2023 to develop and complete their projects and will have the opportunity to present their work at the Robotics Summit on May 10th and will be awarded on May 11th.
“PTC is proud to offer free EDU accounts on Onshape ®, our cloud-native product development platform, for students and makers of the MassRobotics form and function challenge,” said Jordan Cox, Senior Vice President, PTC Education. “Using Onshape, participants can take advantage of standard product design and development tools, which can be accessed from any device, anywhere, anytime.”
“With this challenge organized by MassRobotics, Lattice Semiconductor is excited to provide FPGA technology and machine vision cameras for use in potential products of the future developed by creative students around the world.” – Kevin Tzetsun, Senior Director of Sales, Lattice Semiconductor
“We are excited to support the Form and Function Challenge. MassRobotics Design Challenges provide an opportunity for Analog Devices and other partner companies to see how our technology can be adopted in the field of robotics and automation. Student teams get the opportunity to learn about Analog Devices as a company, as a potential future employer or as a potential future supplier, Natalie Brown, Analog Devices.
“This is an opportunity to show the world how you can create a unique, cutting-edge project that solves a challenge using robotics and automation, while also looking amazing,” said Russell Nickerson of MassRobotics. “It is an opportunity for academic teams and innovators to showcase new technologies, and how software and hardware from MassRobotics partners can advance these technologies further.”
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