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Frustum and Jesse Blankenship ’10GSAPP Announce Winners of the Quadcopter Topology Optimization Design Challenge

BOULDER, CO–(Marketwired – Mar 14, 2017) – Frustum, a pioneer in generative design and topology optimization software, today announced the winners of its, “Generate Quadcopter Challenge: A GrabCAD Challenge for Topology Optimization.” Hosted on the GrabCAD Community platform, the challenge invited participants to use Frustum’s cloud-based generative design and topology optimization software, Generate, to optimize the design of a lightweight, 3D-printed quadcopter.

Using Generate and traditional CAD modeling software, designers were asked to create an optimized quadcopter airframe design using constraint-driven design methodology. Judging criteria included mass reduction from meta design space, payload delivery, takeoff, flight for 50 meters and soft landing, flight time, ingenuity of design space(s), design aesthetics, and ingenuity of load case(s).

“Working with the GrabCAD team and its brilliant and global community of engineers, gave us a myriad of innovative designs,” said Jesse Blankenship, CEO and founder of Frustum. “We had more than 200 entries, most embracing the freedom additive manufacturing brings and creating designs not possible with traditional manufacturing techniques.”

“I am incredibly honored to be selected as the winner of this challenge,” said Salva Serrano, first-place winner and co-founder of Ootro Estudio, an Orihuela, Spain-based architectural and design studio specializing in 3D modeling and digital manufacturing. “With my proposal, I tried to explore the possibilities of Generate as a structural design tool. I focused on securing the entire frame utilizing the topology optimization process – from the landing feet to the arms that hold the motors. It was fun to watch the software sculpting the shape of the frame as a virtual Michelangelo.”

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