Industrial design students take top two awards in contest
July 31, 2015
students from University of Wisconsin-Stout dominated a product design contest sponsored
by an Ohio company.
took first place, second place and four of the 10 honorable mention awards. The
Winsell Product Design Competition, by Winsell Inc. of Akron, Ohio, drew 19
students. Results were announced in July.
granite-effect colorants for rotational molding. Rotational molding
produces hollow parts when powder or liquid resin is placed in a mold and
rotated in an oven. The melted resin then coats the mold cavity.
Rebecca Wereley, of
Circle Pines, Minn., took first with Swing Nook, an egg-shaped playset that
children sit in as they swing. It's designed for children with autism spectrum
disorder. She won $500.
Swings help children
with the disorder by making them feel safe and providing a sense of balance and
sensory integration, according to Wereley in a news release by Plastics News.
included production specifics for materials and manufacturing processes.
Matthew Bruhn, of
St. Paul, took second place with his Rotochair design, an indoor/outdoor piece
of furniture. He won $250.
who received honorable mentions and $150 apiece were Ryne Anderson, of Afton,
Minn.; Hans Fritze, of Hastings, Minn.; Alex Greene, of Eau Claire; and Kelsey
Hill, of Fishers, Ind.
The six UW-Stout
students were from the Design for Manufacture class taught by Professor Ben
Pratt. For more information about
UW-Stout's industrial design bachelor's degree program, part of the School of
Art and Design, go to the website.
mentions went to students from Purdue University and Milwaukee Institute of Art
"The rotational molding industry is fueled by the creative ideas of product designers," said Fred Shockey, chairman and CEO of Winsell. "When we cultivate and celebrate emerging talent in the field, we will thrive. The product design competition gives us a glimpse into the future of rotational molding while also ensuring that future. The future looks bright."
The eight contest judges represented eight companies and co-sponsors from the industry.
Top: Rebecca Wereley took
first place with Swing Nook.
Bottom: Matthew Bruhn took
second place with Rotochair.