The Challenge

Use one CNC system of presses, mills or robots to robots to reshape modeling clay to two of the shapes below by only changing instructions.


Registration: Now
Submission: April 15, 2017 at 5 PM

Rules Overview

Competitors must create an autonomous robot that can create two of the following three forms: a horseshoe, a goblet, and a bracket out of plasticine. Teams will then upload their progress onto the Robotic Blacksmithing FB page for judging.


Judges will visit top participants from May 5 – 16, 2017 and winners will be announced on May 19, 2017. Minimum cash prizes will be:

1st: $25,000

2nd: $15,000

3rd: $7,500

Merging the ancient skills of the blacksmith with the digital age of robotics, LIFT – Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow and Ohio State University have created the LIFT Robotic Blacksmithing Competition.

Students from around the country are being challenged to program robots to make useable object shapes, instead of a human blacksmith forming them by hammering, bending and twisting.

Robotic Blacksmithing introduces a new wave in digital manufacturing. Unlike additive manufacturing (3D printers) or subtractive manufacturing (CNC machining) Robotic Blacksmithing uses formative manufacturing, which manipulates the shape of metals, rather than adding or subtracting material.

Students will have the opportunity to design and build their own robots to win recognition and awards totaling $50,000, in addition to working on cutting edge technology that could shape the future of manufacturing for years to come.

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