The LIFT Prize in Robotic Blacksmithing: Igniting Student Interest in Manufacturing

LIFT Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow

1400 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48126

Contact Name
Emily Stover DeRocco
Director of Education and Workforce

Phone / Email
202-360-9125 | 


Program Description

Launching this fall, and running through the 2016-17 school year, the LIFT Prize in Robotic Blacksmithing introduces digital, or robotic, blacksmithing technology to students and challenges them to make arbitrary, numerically-described objects by re-shaping materials through plastic deformation and incremental forming processes.

Student teams can begin registering for the competition in August 2016 and work through March 2017. The competition is open to students from high school, community college, career and technical colleges, and colleges and universities. Judging, by industry experts, teachers and other leaders, will be done in April 2017, with winning teams announced by the end April.

Winning teams will receive recognition and cash awards in excess of $10,000.

Age Group
High School, Ages 18 and above