Fueled by Product Design

IDSA Members among Wnners of Rotational Molding Competition

Winsell Incorporated has announced the winners of the 2016 International Rotational Molding Product Design Competition—including four IDSA Student members. The annual contest inspires emerging industrial design students to create breakthrough consumer products that utilize the latest technologies in rotational molding. Judging criteria includes: originality; processability; growth potential; beauty and visual appeal; tool building compatibility; and use of appropriate materials. Winners receive $150 to $500 in prizes.

This year, 66 students from Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD); Penn State-Behrend; University of Wisconsin-Stout, Purdue University, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), Ottawa’s Carleton University and Northern Michigan University participated. IDSA Student Members are among the Honorable Mentions: Thuy Khuu, S/IDSA, of MIAD, for Embrace Chair; Emily Siira, S/IDSA, of MIAD, for Groom pet wash station; Nathan Warwick, S/IDSA, of Northern Michigan, for Spark outdoor fire pit; and Elizabeth Jackson, S/IDSA, of CCAD, for The Urban Planter.

First Place was awarded to Sarah Gustafson, of Purdue, for her design of the Casper Stool—which has a cutout on the back to store a backpack and small rungs on the front and back to allow children to rest their feet while sitting, or use to carry the stool. Second Place was awarded to Suzi Biehl of the University of Wisconsin-Stout for her design of Bloom outdoor seating which is water resistant, energy efficient, lightweight and durable.

The Rotational Molding Product Design Competition is organized by Winsell Incorporated, with support from 2016 sponsors: Diversified Mold & Castings; Hedstrom; M. Holland; and Polimeros USA. “The rotational molding industry is fueled by the creative ideas of product designers,” says Fred Shockey, IDSA, chair and CEO, Winsell Incorporated. “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.”