Eight models - both physical models and digital models were submitted for this year's competition. The categories represented were: Exhibit, Transportation, Product Design/Engineering, and Architectural.
Judges considered five criteria as factors in the judging process: the overall presentation; craftsmanship in fabrication, materials, paint/finish, and graphics; execution of the model in techniques, materials and resources; the fit and finish of the model’s appearance; and complexity through CAD, CNC and electronics.
First place was awarded to Kester Freeman of the Arts University Bournemouth (UK) for Butterfly Life-Cycle, which was an exhibition model to show the life-cycle stages of a butterfly. The model was constructed of Aluminum armature wire, Super-Sculpy (for the original sculpt), polyurethane resins - both rigid and flexible (Casts), acrylic paint (hand applied and airbrushed) and Nylon flocking. Kester will receive a US $500 cash prize and a set of digital calipers.
Second place (Tie)
Marcus Johnson of the Arts University Bournemouth (UK) for Construction Robot, a Product Design/Engineering digital model. The model was created using 3ds Max (modeling), Keyshot (rendering) and Adobe Photoshop (enhancement).
Steve Ward of the Arts University Bournemouth (UK) for Lunar Rover, a 1:15 scale Exhibition model. The model was created using Styrene sheet (hand cut and vacuum formed), Styrene strip, brass rod, model board (tooling board), aluminum foil and mesh, and cast polyurethane resin.
Marcus and Steve will each receive a US $250 cash prize and each will receive a set of digital calipers.
Third place (Tie)
Jonas Rochinas of the Arts University Bournemouth (UK) for Ducati Paginale 1199, a digital transportation model. The model was created using Software: Z-Brush, Keyshot, and Adobe Photoshop.
Krystal Duffy of the Arts Institute Seattle (US) for Krystalized Comfort, 1/4" = 1' scaled residential architectural model. The model was created using fish gravel, bass wood, matte board, 1/64" birch, sandpaper, Sculpy and miscellaneous landscaping materials.
Jonas and Krystal will each receive a US $100 cash prize and each will receive a set of digital calipers.
Congratulations to these fine young model makers and to all who participated in a rigorous competition!