one-touch-can-opener.jpgEach year SolidWorks host a modeling contest and announces the winners on the last day of SolidWorks World. Some people have asked me who won the contest but, in the sheer excitement, I failed to write them down. Fortunately Nancy Buchino from SolidWorks, who ran the Chase Corporate Challenge in 29 minutes 48 seconds, was kind enough to post a Press Release revealing all the winners. Thanks.

There were something like 60 entries and a lot of them are just really, really good, like my favorite, the Burton Elementz Kitcar that was also entered in the Burton Car Design Competition.


Here’s all the winners.

WIYN Observatory, One Degree Imager, WIYN Observatory Tucson, Ariz.


1 st place – Naber Plastics B.V., Burton Elementz Kitcar, Rob Wolkers, Engineer
2 nd place – Page Product Design, Inc., Mule Industrial Lift, Matthew Page, President
3 rd place – Feature Factory, Acoustic Ceiling Feature, Jonathan McGregor, Engineer

1 st place – Indian Institute of Technology, Dehli, Steam Iron and Alloy Wheels, Ambar Bandi, Industrial Designer
2 nd place – Gould Studios, Reproduction of the Dorpat Telescope, Bill Gould, Owner
3 rd place – ThermoSpas, Inc., Swim/Trainer, James Parys, Design Engineer

1 st place – Paper Converting Machinery Corporation, Prolog LT Log Saw, Dan Allen, Designer
2 nd place – SchuF Group, Delayed Coking Process Animation, Rory Stanley, Head of Marketing
3 rd place – Wakefield High School, Out-of-the-Box Rubik’s Cube Solution, Ellis P. Kieffer, Student

WIYN Observatory walked away with a Lenovo ThinkPad for their massively cool universe camera. You can see photos and renderings of the entries on the SolidWorks 2007 Design Contest Entry Page.


Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.