The Create the Future Design Contest, launched in 2002 by SAE Media Group (publishers of Tech Briefs magazine), recognizes and rewards engineering innovations that benefit humanity, the environment, and the economy. The annual contest draws product designs from engineers, students, and entrepreneurs worldwide. The 2023 contest rewards innovation in seven categories: Aerospace & Defense, Automotive and Transportation, Electronics, Manufacturing and Materials, Medical, Robotics and Automation, and Sustainable Technology.

In this special section, you’ll learn about the finalists in all seven categories chosen from over 500 new product ideas submitted from more than 60 countries. The Grand Prize winner and category winners will be chosen during a live competition on November 10 and announced at www.createthefuturecontest.com .

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maxon/parvalux  develops and builds high precision electric drive systems that are among the best in the world — combining brushed and brushless DC motors, gearheads, sensors, spindle drives, and control electronics into complete mechatronic drive systems. For over 60 years, businesses from a wide range of industries including medical technology, robotics, industrial automation, mobility, and aerospace place their trust in reliable drive systems by maxon. Our drives are perfectly suited for wherever extreme precision and the highest quality standards are needed and where compromises cannot be tolerated – on Earth and on Mars.

TE Connectivity (TE)  Every connection has the power to engineer something bigger. TE Connectivity has long partnered with automakers to design innovative connectivity products that make a connected, more sustainable world possible. Whatever your connectivity needs, you can count on our expertise and worldwide engineering excellence to help you charge into the future.

Zeus Industrial Products  is a global leader in advanced polymer solutions, helping customers overcome complex design and engineering challenges since 1966. Zeus’ polymer solutions include tubing, heat shrinks, and a range of specialty products such as biomaterials, monofilaments, and many more. A range of value-add services, including product assembly, drilling, etching, fillers, flaring, flanging, and more, allow customers to further optimize products to their specific application needs. Additionally, Zeus services for the medical device industry extend to contract design and manufacturing, allowing customers a single source for catheter design, rapid prototyping, and manufacturing.

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