Award and Description
Industrial design at its best.
This judged award recognizes design elements of the robot that are both functional and aesthetic. All successful robots have innovative design aspects; however, the PTC Design Award is presented to teams that incorporate industrial design elements into their solution. These design elements could simplify the robot’s appearance by giving it a clean look, be decorative in nature, or otherwise express the creativity of the team. The winning design should not compromise the practical operation of the robots but complement its purpose. This award is sponsored by Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), developers of the CAD tools, Creo and Mathcad. PTC gives licenses to the FIRST Tech Challenge student teams for these software products to help them with their designs.
Required criteria for the PTC Design Award:
• Team must demonstrate respect and Gracious Professionalism® toward everyone they encounter at an FIRST Tech Challenge event.
• Team must submit an Engineering Notebook with an Engineering Section that includes detailed robot design drawings.
• Team demonstrates industrial design principles, striking a balance between form, function, and aesthetics.
• Robot differentiates itself from others by its aesthetic and functional design.
• Basis for the design is well considered (i.e. inspiration, function, etc.).
• Use of PTC’s Creo is not required to be eligible; however teams that use them in their design are given extra consideration for this award.