INTERZINC DESIGN
CHALLENGE

Test your design skills. 

WHAT IS THE INTERZINC DESIGN CHALLENGE?

The Interzinc Design Challenge is a competition created for engineering and design students who are currently enrolled at a college or university. Student’s are encouraged to use their imagination to create, design, and develop a glass support system utilizing zinc or a zinc die casting alloy (details given below). Three winners will be selected and each participant or group will receive an award for use at the college or university at which they are currently enrolled. A $2,000 award will go to each of the top three winners and $1,000 will be donated to their faculty advisor for use at his or her discretion within the department.

WHAT’S INVOLVED?

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1. FILL OUT THE ENTRY FORM

Fill out an entry form for each participating student.

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2. COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNAIRE

Wait for an email to complete the zinc questionnaire.

3. SUBMIT YOUR DESIGN BY THE DEADLINE

Submit your unique design and wait for the results!

CONTEST RULES AND FAQ’S

COMPETITION OVERVIEW

This years’ challenge is to design and develop a system of glass support brackets. The use of glass for architectural design elements is continually increasing, however, the supporting hardware often lacks good design. Your challenge is to design hardware brackets for mounting sheet glass products used for shelving, shower stalls and doors, cabinets, sneeze guards in restaurants, interior or exterior balcony guards, stair guards, or any other glass application that is not a window.

The main component of the product design should demonstrate the advantages of using zinc die castings.  Furthermore, both material and method of manufacture for your unique design need to be justified. Your presentation should convey an understanding of both zinc and zinc die casting properties evidenced by comparison of no less than one alternative material (aluminum or a plastic, for example) and at least one alternative manufacturing process (stamping or forging, for example) which may consider comparisons of strength, weight, corrosion resistance or cost. The use of charts and graphs in your presentation is encouraged. Other materials and processes such as plating and anodizing may be used to further enhance the design/finished product. The correct use of various materials can result in a superior design/product.

ELIGIBILITY 

This competition is open to all undergraduate students enrolled at an engineering or design college or university in North America in the current academic year.

NUMBER OF ENTRIES

Any individual or group involved in producing an entry may submit any number of designs and must fill out an entry form for each design. The design must be endorsed by a faculty member at the design college or university.

Single applicants: fill in the information requested.

Group applicants: designate one representative as the applicant, and place this person’s name and contact information in the appropriate sections. The remaining group members must have been listed on the zinc questionnaire and the on the back of the entry form.

Limit one entry per entry form.

SUBMITTING YOUR DESIGN

  1. Complete the electronic entry form.
  2. Submit the questionnaire by the November 15, 2017 deadline to: interzinc@zinc.org.
  3. Submit your design by the  April 15, 2018 deadline to: interzinc.@zinc.org.

2018 DEADLINES

Submit completed questionnaire by November 15, 2017

Submit completed design entries by April 15, 2018

DESIGN RULES

Submit PDF only files that clearly represent the design idea, concept description and relevant text.

The information must be organized on three (3) pages so that a complete concept with development can be understood. The viewer is not to be required to make any assumptions or intentions not clearly shown in the file. The first page should show the design development for the idea, the second page should detail the reasons why zinc combined with high pressure die casting is appropriate for the manufacture and use of the part, and the final page should show the part isolated and in use for the intended application.

Written text should be minimal, but is essential. The entry should contain description and documentation, and a statement of the problem solved and reasons why the entrant feels the solution is effective. The text should also highlight unique features that may be unclear unless identified.

AWARDS

There will be three awards of $3000.00 each with the money split between the student or team ($2000.00) and the faculty advisor ($1000.00).

The awards will acknowledge each designer’s name in all publicity.

JUDGING CRITERIA

The criteria for judging the competition will be based on the score and completeness of the quiz portion and the appropriateness of the solution to the design problem; including but not limited to: quality, originality, thoroughness and the development potential.

It is imperative that the information on the boards must convey the complete concept and not require the viewer to make any assumptions or intentions of the design not clearly shown on the boards.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS

The final 3 winning entries will be announced at the annual IZA zinc die casting conference, and posted on the Interzinc website.

Entrance into this competition constitutes permission to post names and submitted designs by Interzinc for promotional purposes without further consent of the individuals involved.

JURORS

Final selections for awards will be chosen by Interzinc members and outside experts.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Any applicant or group who wishes to protect his/her work by obtaining copyrights, design rights, patents and/or any other intellectual property right must do so at his/her own expense. By entering the competition, the applicant agrees that Interzinc may use the submitted design for promotional purposes without restrictions or further compensation.

PREVIOUS WINNERS

Please note that winners are not listed in any specific order.

ZINC CHALLENGE: 2016-2017 – COMMERCIAL KITCHEN PRODUCTS

Title: Ulfberht Knife
Designer: Bryan Varga
School: University of Oregon
Instructor: Beth Esponette

Judges Comments:

  • ‘I liked the ergonomic look of this knife, and there may be an application for zinc in knife handles in general.’
  • ‘Very well executed design process. Benefits of using zinc shown in good detail.’
  • ‘Well executed design development with interesting historical reference.’

Title: Save-A-Shot
Designer: Garen Gibbs
School: Purdue
Instructor: Ted Lu

Judges Comments:

  • ‘This is a good add-on product and clearly a good choice in zinc.’
  • ‘Excellent concept presentation. Imaginative solution to a barista’s problems.’
  • ‘Simple aftermarket add-on product with wide market potential and easy integration.’

Title: Zinc Faucet
Designer: Cole Sippel
School: University of Wisconsin – Stout
Instructor: Benjamin Pratt

Judges Comments:

  • ‘Although zinc is already used in faucets, I liked the novel idea of using electronic controls on the nozzle. The reason for using zinc was clearly presented.’
  • ‘New imaginative approach to a one control faucet. Excellent execution of the design process.’
  • ‘One hand control of all functionality of the faucet improves on existing designs.’

ZINC CHALLENGE: 2015-2016 – OUTDOOR CAMPING PRODUCTS

Title: Tinderbox
Designer: Garrett Warnick
School: University of Oregon
Instructor: Elizabeth Esponnette

Title: MODU
Designer: Jacob Stranahan
School: University of Oregon
Instructor: Elizabeth Esponnette

Title: UMB Light
Designer: Robert Caswelch
School: Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Instructor: Tao Huang