Freetech Plastics Announces Student Thermoformed Parts Competition
The Student Thermomed Parts Competition offers
$5000 in scholarships to students who create their own part using thermoforming
equipment. Entries due by July 15th, 2013.
1st Prize $2500.00 Scholarship
2nd Prize $1,500.00 Scholarship
3rd Prize $1000.00 Scholarship
Entries due by July 15th, 2013.
Awards to be presented at the IDSA International Conference.
Parts will be judged on Originality of Design and Best Use of the Thermoforming Process.
Student Thermoformed Part Competition Rules
- Part must be thermoformed using a student made tool on a thermoforming machine.
- Handmade or hand draped parts will not be considered.
- A picture of the mold and the forming machine used must accompany the submission.
- Mold must be capable of producing at least 3 parts.
- Parts must have been made during the 2012-2013 School year.
- Parts will be judged on originality of design, as well as complexity and creative use of the thermoforming process.
- You must submit the part by end of business day July 15th, 2013 at:
2211 Warm Springs Court
Fremont CA. 94539
Attention: Student Parts competition
- Students must allow their part to be displayed at The International IDSA Conference.
Entries due by July 15th, 2013.
Student Thermoformed Part Competition Winners
Freetech Plastics student thermoformed parts competition continued to get more challenging in 2011.
The Freetech Plastics Student Thermoformed Part competition is designed to stimulate use of the
thermoforming process in design and engineering schools. The Finalists from 5 different Schools had
their entries judged at the 2011 Industrial Designers Society of America Conference in New Orleans LA.
1st place and $2500 went to Grayson Byrd from Georgia Tech for the Casper Chair. This chair combines a
plywood frame which is then over molded with styrene sheet which holds the entire structure together.
The judges admired the clever combination of materials and the use of a feature of thermoforming
which is usually avoided but which in this case provides the means to hold the supporting structure in
place without the need for fasteners or adhesives.
2nd Place and $1500 went to Jerrold Anchetta from University of California At San Jose State. As part
of a class project he produced a Bud Vase that the judges found quite appealing. The vase required 2
different molds plus some Fabrication and assembly.
3rd place and $1000 went to Zheyan Hong from Auburn University. She spent time at construction
sites looking for ways to make finishing concrete easier and came up with a Rotatable Knee Board. It
was formed in 2 parts, a base to lay on the concrete and the knee board which then rotates giving the
finisher additional range of motion.
The purpose of the Freetech Plastics Student parts competition is to encourage Collage and University
Industrial Design and Engineering Students to design and then manufacture a product using the
The contest is judged by both Senior Industrial Designers, and Thermoforming
experts. The prizes are awarded on both design creativity and best use of the Thermoforming Process.
The awards are announced during the IDSA National conference in the design gallery. In 2012 they
will become a regular feature of the IDSA conference and part of the Materials and Processes Section
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