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Prototype this

Some people dream up designs. Others dream up design contests.
A select few actually get prototypes built of their winning dream designs. A new competition seeks contestants from all over the technical discipline map who think they have a creative accelerometer, actuator, printhead, microfluidic widget, implantable biomed device, RF resonator, scanning mirror, or other MEMS design.

In addition to building five prototypes of each of the three winning 3-D microdevices free of charge, the EFAB Access Design Competition offers some cool MEMS-related booty for the victors. Sponsors and multiproduct-run service partners Microfabrica (inventor of the EFAB micromanufacturing technology) and MOSIS (producer of prototypes using the Microfabrica invention) will award the first-place designer with a Segway i180, the second-place winner with the smaller Segway p133, and the third-place finisher with a Toshiba TDP-T90U DPL projector. (Personal-injury insurance coverage for Segway recipients not included.)

The competition is open to any and all individuals from the industrial, academic, and research sectors of the microdevice community, from students to master engineers. Participants (and organizations) may enter as many designs as humanly (and organizationally) possible. Contest rules limit device designs to 5 x 5 mm or smaller. Entries must be submitted by November 11, and winners will be announced in January 2006. A panel of independent industry experts will judge the submissions.

Interested parties can find registration information and other FAQs about the contest at

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