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Innovation Cell, IIT Bombay wins ASME Student Design Competition 2017 - Asia Pacific

The team from IIT Bombay - Innovation Cell, won the ASME Student Design Competition (SDC-2017) which was held from 3rd to 5th March 2017. The team performed spectacularly as it won all the events by a huge margin along with the Advance Manufacturing Challenge and Predictive Design & Simulation Challenge, beating all the teams across Asia Pacific region. 

The Student Design Competition organized by ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) is a prestigious platform for students to invent engineering solutions to a range of real-world problems ranging from everyday household tasks to groundbreaking space explorations. These are built around design, advanced manufacturing and robotics technologies. They enable engineering students to expand their knowledge, test and showcase new skills and inspire innovation. The thing which makes the competition one of a kind engineering and challenging competition is that the problem statement changes every year, so we get a very short span to ideate, innovate and iterate.

This year’s SDC’s problem statement was to create a robot that is fast, strong, and agile. The team had been tasked with the development of a multi-functional robotic platform to compete in a variety of five athletic-based competitions: a sprint, tennis ball throw, stair climb, golf ball hit, and weight lift. It performed this series of athletic challenges as commanded by a team member. Scores from each of the events were combined to determine the overall champion. Beside this, there were two optional awards for creating a one page report that explained the best use of advance manufacturing and predictive design & simulation tool for making the robot.


Figure: Multitasking robot designed for ASME SDC-17 (different views)

Innovation Cell has had a very good legacy in ASME SDC. In 2011, the team gave their first shot to this competition and created waves all over. It won the nationals at IIT Roorkee by a huge margin and moved to the Asia region qualification round. In the Asia-Pacific district competition held at Dubai, our team was placed second, booking seats for world finals. Our team represented India in USA and bagged the second position in the World Finals.In 2013, again winning the Asia Pacific round held in Malaysia, our team represented India in San Diego where the team stood 2nd worldwide.

After this performance, the team will now compete in the finals at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) on 5th November 2017 at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida, United States. The team is now focused on improving the current design and make it more robust for the international level. 

Figure: The entire ASME Team