WHAT IS THE ZINC CHALLENGE?
The Zinc Challenge is a competition created for engineering and design students who are currently enrolled at a college or university. Students are encouraged to use their imagination to create, design, and develop a document holder utilizing zinc or a zinc die casting (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.
2. COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNAIRE
Once you complete the registration form, you will automatically be redirected to a downloadable PDF of the questionnaire. You can also access the questionnaire by clicking the icon above.
CONTEST RULES AND FAQ’S
The theme of the 2018-2019 Zinc Challenge is to design and develop a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) – shielding capable document holder. The use of electronically machine readable documents is increasing around the world. Smart card chip technology allows personal biometric data to be stored on documents such as identity cards, credit cards, medical cards, and passports. The risk of contactless reading of the documents requires shielding from RFID. Zinc die casting alloys have excellent electrical conductivity which allows for exceptional RFID shielding, even at very thin wall thickness. The challenge is to design a stylish yet functional wallet, purse, briefcase, attache case or any other card or document holder to be made in zinc by high pressure die casting. 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.
This competition is open to all undergraduate students enrolled at an engineering or design college or university 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
- Complete the electronic entry form.
- Submit both the design and questionnaire by April 15, 2019 to: ZincChallenge@zinc.org.
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 in addition to 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.
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.
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 this website. Entrance into this competition constitutes permission to post names and submitted designs by IZA for promotional purposes without further consent of the individuals involved.
Final selections for awards will be chosen by IZA 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 IZA may use the submitted design for promotional purposes without restrictions or further compensation.
Please note that winners are not listed in any specific order.
ZINC CHALLENGE: 2017-2018 – GLASS SUPPORT BRACKETS
Title: Minimalist Utensil Shelf Designer: Jess Park School: University of Oregon Instructor: Jim Arnold
- “I like the concept of this design. A very minimal design for utensils only, allowing for more drawer space for other kitchen products. The glass container can also be washed.”
- “The student makes use of zinc die casting’s high fluidity to make thinner walls as well as the use of ribs to help strengthen the part.”
Title: Glass Support Brackets Designer: Justin Schwarting School: University of Wisconsin – Stout Instructor: Benjamin Pratt
“I like the interesting design for hanging glass giving increased flexibility with unlimited wire angles.”
“The student takes advantage of the ability to cast accurate dimensions and zinc’s corrosion resistance, which are both important for this application.”
Title: Vulcan: The Modern Balcony Designer: Simon Elser School: Purdue University Instructor: Ted Lu
“I like the use of various bracket designs for the different locations and functions on the balcony rail.”
“The student recognizes the ability of die cast zinc alloys to resist corrosion and still look shiny and beautiful.”
ZINC CHALLENGE: 2016-2017 – COMMERCIAL KITCHEN PRODUCTS
Title: Ulfberht Knife Designer: Bryan Varga School: University of Oregon Instructor: Beth Esponette
- ‘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
- ‘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
- ‘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