GE has partnered with GrabCAD and NineSigma to announce two new additive manufacturing contests. Participants have the chance to win cash prizes and may be invited to collaborate with GE on future designs.

The GE Engine Bracket Challenge

GE and GrabCAD have put up a $30,000 prize pool for entrants who can use additive manufacturing to redesign existing engine brackets.  The contest is broken up into two testing phases, with cash awards for both.

During phase one the submitted designs will be checked to make sure they meet GE's requirements (you can find a list of those here). After that simulation tests will be run on each design and the top ten will be awarded $1,000 each. This phase of the contest runs from June 11 to July 26, 2013.

In phase two the selected ten designs will be additively manufactured and undergo physical load testing. The eight designs with the best performance will split another $20,000 dollars in prize money. Phase two runs from August 15 to November 15, 2013.

You can use any CAD software you like but entries must be submitted in STL or IGES format to be considered. 

The 3-D Printing Production Quest: High Precision and Advanced Manufacturing

GE and NineSigma have put together a $200,000 prize pool to attract entrants who can produce precision parts made of high density, high atomic number materials.  They are inviting research institutes, venture capitalists, businesses and individual inventors to participate.

This contest is also divided into two phases. During phase one entrants will be asked to submit a proposal detailing their experience with additive manufacturing technology.  There will be a maximum of ten winners and each winner will receive $5,000 along with an invitation to participate in phase two. Entries must be submitted between June 11 and July 26, 2013.

During phase two the selected entrants will be given a $5,000 production budget, the CAD specifications for a prototype and the production materials needed to create the sample. Then they will have three months to produce the part and submit it back to GE.  The prototypes will be evaluated for geometric precision, mass and volume. Up to three winning submissions will be chosen and each winner will receive $50,000 in prize money.

Once the contest is completed, the winners may be invited to collaborate with GE to produce customized parts for medical equipment and other products.