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Top Ten Tips

1. Be creative
It is always good to see ‘new’ or untried ways of solving problems in project submissions.

2. Be practical
Try to make sure your design will work, and can be made economically.

3. Describe the product
Pictures are worth a thousand words but competition judges will often refer to written material to clarify a point (but also see point 10).

4. Use renderings, CAD etc. as appropriate
Good drawings and CAD are very useful but do not let style triumph over content.

5. Describe why you chose the polymers you did
There should be very good reasons for selecting specific plastics; don’t fit the plastic to the design just for the sake of it.

6. Describe the production processes that would be used
If the volumes or geometry suggest a particular process, say why you chose the one you did.

7. Include a model or prototype, even if non-working
A simple proof-of-principle model can really lift a complex entry.

8. Stick to the Brief
The theme is broad enough so that you do not have to go outside it! Please be aware that normally 14% of entries are rejected before judging for this reason alone.

9. Summarise – judges don’t have all day!
With many entries to judge in one day, a summary sheet will help their deliberations.

AND LASTLY…

10. Go for quality over quantity
Reams of paper will always lose out to elegance and a concise presentation