At IMTS, LIFT and CDME will discuss the competition and the significance Robotic Blacksmithing will have on the future of the manufacturing industry during its presentation: September 12-13, 2016 from 1:30-2 p.m. in the FIRST Theater at the Smartforce Student Summit (Room N-227, North Building, McCormick Place).
As announced this summer, “LIFT Prize in Robotic Blacksmithing” is a LIFT Education and Workforce Development Initiative in which high school and college students from around the country can participate, innovate and earn cash prizes. It provides the students with a more creative approach to learning, as well as an exciting way to stay engaged, particularly in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum. Phase one of the competition, in which students will program a machine to reshape clay, will run through the 2016-17 school year.
The competition will kick off at the Smartforce Student Summit, an IMTS program, which provides a fun and interactive environment to introduce exciting innovations in manufacturing technology and aligns with several of LIFT’s education and workforce development goals, including attracting students to and ensuring they have the foundational STEM skills for success in future manufacturing careers.
Robotic Blacksmithing incrementally re-shapes material to create components – instead of removing it, like Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machining or adding material, as in additive manufacturing. This new manufacturing method can produce higher quality parts in a more environmentally sustainable way than CNC or additive manufacturing.
LIFT and CDME will release the full rules and details for the competition on Sept. 12, 2016. This year, during the competition’s first phase, students will be asked to develop processes to create pre-determined shapes from non-hardening modeling clay. In subsequent years LIFT plans to use the competition format to develop methods for shaping metal directly using all the tricks that a human blacksmith usually does – but with the reproducibility and data collection that only an automated system can provide.
Team Eligibility: The competition is open to students at any high school, community college, career and technical college, or college and university in the United States. Teams may be affiliated with an educational institution, or can be formed as independent clubs. Teams may solicit donations, loans and grants of cash, equipment or advice without limit. Students must take charge of the project, control the necessary equipment and resources and do the programming.
Beginning Sept. 12, students are encouraged to register their teams and see complete rules and other information by visiting http://roboticblacksmithing.com. Phase one judging, by industry experts, teachers and other leaders, will be completed in April 2017, with winning teams announced by the end April.
To help support the competition and invest in the future of manufacturing, LIFT encourages local manufacturers to both sponsor and mentor teams in their communities.
The official rules for the competition are now live at: http://roboticblacksmithing.com/rules