Manufacturing the Future
Manufacturing plays an essential role in innovation. The field of manufacturing accounts for the majority of private research and development spending and employs a significant percentage of engineers . In order for society to benefit from the latest advances in technology, skilled engineers and novel manufacturing techniques will be required.
This year's challenge is to build a compact engineering system in order to manufacture a projectile from a standard sheet of paper and test it by propelling it a maximum distance. The testing will take place on a competition course that consists of a 3 meter wide strip along the length of the room, with a 1.5-m x 3-m setup area for your system at one end.
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Robots for Relief
Delivering aid, including clean water, food, fuel, and medical supplies to places, such as the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, is a difficult task, as transporting bulk materials over uneven and rough terrain, in tight spaces, and over long distances is often required to help those in need.
This year's challenge is to design and develop a scaled-down version of a transporter capable of delivering granular materials, which will be guided by, at most, one person.
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