Jul 20, 2021

Siemens and Solid Edge Competition - Design Challenge

  • Khoa Tran
  • Remote (United Arab Emirates)



Apply your ingenuity with Siemens and Solid Edge

Solid Edge is a portfolio of affordable, easy-to-use software tools that address all aspects of the product development process. Solid Edge combines the speed and simplicity of direct modeling with the flexibility and control of parametric design – made possible with synchronous technology.

It is very likely that you know at least one person who suffers from a temporary or permanent mobility impairment and therefore requires a transport chair to move. Unfortunately, sometimes acquiring a device of this type can be very expensive in certain countries and/or certain areas especially rural areas. Solid Edge from Siemens invites you to share your ingenuity and test your skills in a design challenge to create a functional and feasible mobility solution.

Every day, the market demands more innovative solutions, at lower costs and with high-quality standards, which is why the design and optimization of components play a fundamental role in the development of new products. The “Solid Edge Challenge 2021” consists of designing a solution to transform a conventional chair into a transport chair, thus achieving a functional and feasible device for anyone who requires it. Whether it is an elderly patient who requires long-term use or an injured patient requiring short-term access, transport chair usage is a necessary tool for people.

This design challenge aims to promote and encourage the innovation of new products with the technology that we have available today.

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Application Deadline

14 Aug 2021

Age Range



This competition is very competitive

Participation Cost

This competition has no participation cost

Minimum Technical Skill Needed

Knowledge of CAD and Engineering is key.

Application Process Includes

For this design challenge, participants are asked to develop a solution that converts a conventional chair into a transport chair to transfer patients who require it.

You must consider the following requirements to propose a solution:

  • The base of the model must be adaptable for conventional domestic chairs with 4 points of support with variable measurements of between 35 and 45 centimeters of distance between centers and a variable height of 35 to 45 centimeters. (Picture 1.1)
  • Consider that chairs can have round, square or rectangular bases.
  • The weight to be supported by the designed solution must between 20 - 110 Kg with minimum requirement of 20kg.(Static)
  • The solution must be able to provide stability during movement.
  • The material of the components is not defined and any material will be accepted as long as it meets the requirement to withstand the established load. Bonus: Use of recycled materials for sustainability considerations.
  • All components should have material assigned in the 3D model.
  • The use of standard library components are allowed (screws, nuts, gears, etc.).
  • The model must be made up of parts and assemblies to validate its operation.
  • The solution must have the following characteristics:
    1. Portable
    2. Light
    3. Durable
    4. Affordable - Price details needed - Lower price than a new transport chair  $100
  • Participants must provide written evidence that they carefully researched, explored and integrated the unique needs of their customers/users in their designs. Evidence may include written statement from an interview and/or bibliography of your research.