Stratasys has announced the opening of their annual "Extreme Redesign" 3D Printing Challenge for students. They've put out the call for top-notch ideas, and their announcement speaks directly to the heart of the maker community. "Have you ever looked at a gadget and thought that a few tweaks could improve it? Wanted to customize an ordinary object to make it something extraordinary? Do you have a design itch that needs scratching? Here's your chance to turn those ideas into reality! Because the Stratasys Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge is starting today."

The contest is open to middle school, high school and college students worldwide. To keep things fair Stratasys has broken the contest down into three main categories:

  • Middle & High School Engineering
  • College Engineering
  • Art & Architecture

The prize line-up for each category is pretty exciting. The top ten finalists in each category will get a 3D printed copy of their design created on a Stratasys 3D printer. They will also each get a $50 gift card. Second and third place winners in each category get a $1000 cash prize and the grand prize winner of each category will take home $2,500 along with a demo 3D printer to be used for a limited time in their home school. There is also a special bonus category this year called Extreme Sports. Students who create a design and enter it under the Extreme Sports category will be entered for a chance to win a $250 gift card.

To enter all you need to do is register with Stratasys and submit your entry before February 6, 2014. If this is the first time you've ever heard of the Stratasys Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge you may want to take a look at the winning entries from previous years. This is the tenth anniversary of the contest and Stratasys plans to release a ton of supporting materials that show off the entries from previous years. For that information you can keep an eye on their "3D Printing On Campus" Facebook page. For the official contest rules you can take a look at this page.