Student Thermoformed Part Competition Rules and Entry Form for 2018

The purpose of the Freetech Plastics Student parts competition is to encourage College and University Industrial Design and Engineering Students to design and then manufacture a product using the Thermoforming Process.

This competition is designed to stimulate use of the thermoforming process in design and engineering schools. Each year, the Finalists have their entries judged at the annual Industrial Designers Society of America Conference.

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.


Entry Form found below.

Deadline for Submissions









  • 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 current School year.
  • Parts will be judged on originality of design, as well as complexity and creative use of the thermoforming process.
  • Students must allow their part to be displayed at The International IDSA Conference.
  • When submitting your entry you will need to send an 11”x17 foam core display board with your part on the front and the mold and machine formed on the back, Per Example shown.      You should send an electronic version with your entry form
  • You must submit part by end of business July 15th 2018 at
    Freetech Plastics
    2211 Warm Springs Ct
    Fremont CA, 94539
    ATT: Student Parts Competition

Previous Winners

<center>2017 First Place</center>

Jeff Pease
Shadow Clock

Design Description

In my exploration of applications of thermoforming I began to look at everyday products that have had little development in the last number of years. Among my findings was the analog wall clock. I was then intrigued to create a visually striking design while keeping the manufacturing cost inexpensive. The Blume shadow clock is the result.

The Blume clock represents a history of time-telling technology. A combination sun-dial, analog clock, and digital technology, this timepiece creates visual interest unlike a standard analog wall clock. Experimenting with various methods to represent the clock hands, I came upon the idea of using two rings of sequential LEDs and a small post, which would cast two individual shadows, thus creating clock hands, similar to a sun-dial. Due to the properties of polystyrene and the thermoforming process, I was able to create a form inspired by and clean and fluid aesthetics.

<center>2017 Second Place</center>

Brynn Wildenauer
Muse Acoustic Wall Tile

Design Description

Muse acoustic wall tile provides acoustic properties to any space while also having an optional speaker system. Utilizing thermoforming technology and 80 mil polystyrene plastic, Muse is an innovative solution to interior acoustic challenges. Looking at current acoustic products in the marketplace, there was a void. The opportunities were sound enhancement, sculptural integration and technology utilization. Muse will enhance any location that suits a modern solution to sound and aesthetic. Connected by Bluetooth, you can control the mood of your space with a simple application on your smart phone. This product is versatile in size & shape to fit any interior setting.

<center>2017 Third Place</center>

Caleb Toft
Impact – Adjustable Suitcase Protector

<center>2015 First Place</center>

Kevin Langer
Turtle Shower Caddy

<center>2015 Second Place</center>

Taylor Lane
“Pyxis” Picnic Box

<center>2015 Third Place</center>

David Charlier

<center>2014 First Place</center>

Jerrold Ancheta
Imprint Transradial Prosthesis

<center>2014 Second Place</center>

Madeline Freding
Reform Shelf System

<center>2014 Third Place</center>

Hanna Sicora
Aqua Caddy

<center>2013 First Place</center>

Benjamin Miller
LED Road Flare

<center>2013 Second Place</center>

Brian Erickson
Hard Shell First Responder Pack

<center>2013 Third Place</center>

Travis Poirier
Aqua Caddy

<center>2011 First Place</center>

Grayson Byrd
“Casper” Chair

<center>2011 Second Place</center>

Jerrold Ancheta
Bud Vase

<center>2011 Third Place</center>

Zheyan Hong
Rotatable Knee Board

<center>2010 First Place</center>

Carrianne Seger
Dog Crate

<center>2010 Second Place</center>

Brian Au
Table Top Vase

<center>2011 Third Place</center>

Steven Lan
Cargo Box