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Friendly Competition at PLM World's Detroit Regional Users Group (RUG)

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Over 500 Siemens PLM Software users gathered to attend the annual Detroit Regional Users Group on October 5th. The event brought together like-minded people looking to network with friends, learn new skills and discover what Siemens has in store for the future.


As always, one of the day’s highlights was the Top Gun Competition where NX Design users put their skills to the test. Siemens Marketing Coordinator, Amy Reyes, had the tough job of judging the competition this year.


By the way, future employers, the student winner is still in high school. You may want to give teacher Jolaine Price a call if you are looking for interns.


Here is Amy's competition recap.  


Putting Design Skills to the Test at the PLM World Top Gun Competition
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You could hear a pin drop in the room as all 6 contestants worked feverishly to complete their models in NX, only pausing to come to the front of the room for a better look at the details and intricacies of the drone they had to model.drone.jpg



As far as what requirements the contestants had to meet, the following design criteria were taken into consideration in judging who would be the winner:

  • Use of best practices in NX
  • Demonstration of good modeling techniques
  • Use of color
  • Use of decals or logos
  • Creation of an assembly with parts
  • Bonus: Kinematics or motion of some sort

…and, of course, the finished model had to actually look like the drone.


It’s truly exciting to witness the modeling process in action and to see the different design approaches that individuals take. No one person designs exactly the same in NX, even when using the same best practices and design methodologies. While all of the models were done well, only one could reign supreme as the ultimate winner in each category: student and professional.


The winner in the student category was high school student Henry Jason. While Henry did not complete the entire model, the techniques he used and quality he was able to achieve was especially impressive.


student drone.pngDrone modeled by Top Gun Competition Student Winner, Henry JasonDrone modeled by Top Gun Competition Student Winner, Henry Jason

 In the pro category, Kevin Line won for his complete and accurate representation of the drone and due to his use of color. He is a returning champion, as he won a previous year’s competition when the object was a Lego truck. Each were pleased to have been selected.


pro drone.jpgDrone modeled by the Top Gun Professional Winner, Kevin LineDrone modeled by the Top Gun Professional Winner, Kevin Line

 To attend a local users group near you, check out the full list on the PLM World events page!