A team of students from the UK, Sweden and Spain won the 2015 euspen Challenge by designing and building a fully-functioning optical measuring machine from scratch in just over a day.
The machine had to be capable of carrying out a precision 2D measurement, accurate to within 13 microns. During the event (which was held at and supported by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Hexagon Metrology Nordic AB in Stockholm), students were required to address a technical challenge, and to conclude with a presentation of their solution.
An international jury of leading industrialists and academics selected one team for their overall best solution, and awards were also given to teams recommended for their most innovative solution and best presentation.
University of Huddersfield PhD student Christian Young joined students Alberto Figueroa de Godos from Bilbao Faculty of Engineering in Spain, Aslan Hüsnü from Aarhus University in Denmark to take the award for the Overall Best Solution to the Challenge.
In a race against the clock, the teammates constructed a fully-functioning machine and then gave a detailed presentation to the panel of judges. The international competition is designed to identify students throughout Europe with potential to be future leaders in the field of precision engineering and nanotechnology. National heats were held across Europe earlier in 2015 identifying the best national students, who came together to compete in international teams for the coveted title of euspen International Challenge Winners in Stockholm.