Makerthon #6

May, 11th 1:00pm until May, 13th

48 Hours
6 Interdisciplinary Teams
2 Industrial Challenges

Take the chance to gain hands-on experience on product development based on the design thinking approach.
We are looking for passionate Makers who want to face real life challenges from industry in the fields of “Electrification” and “personal care consumer products” in interdisciplinary teams.

Get the challenge - find ideas - develop concepts and build a prototype - use your skills and motivation to beat the challenge!

According to applicable covid-regulations the Makerthon takes place at the Schumpeter Laboratory for Innovation or hybrid (physical/virtual).


The Makerthon is the possibility to face a real challenge supported by leading industrial companies and the Institute of Innovation and Industrial Management.
Within 48 hours, makers have to
1 - understand the challenge
2 - detect the real problems
3 - generate ideas
4 - select the ideas
5 - realize prototypes and
6 - to tell the story, why the solution will change the business and our lifes!

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Friday, May 17th 2019 until Sunday 19th

Makerthon #5: May, 28th 3 PM until May, 30th


For more information contact:

Andreas Kohlweiss

Challenge 1:
Stabilizier Pads 2.0

Situation / Object
  • Loader cranes do need stabilizer pads when supporting the truck with the stabilizer legs
  • These stabilizer pads are stored in compartments on the truck
  • These stabilizer pads will be put in place underneath the stabilizer legs by the crane operator

Develop solutions to make the process of putting stabilizer pads manually underneath each stabilizer leg obsolete


  • Solution for small and middle sized cranes has to withstand a max. ground pressure at each stabilizer leg of 160 [kN] and has to include a minimum “padsize” of 400 x 400 [mm]
  • Solution for bigger cranes has to withstand a max. ground pressure at each stabilizer leg of 280 [kN] and has to include a minimum “padsize” of 1000 x 1000 [mm]
  • Solution may not increase the vehicle width while driving
  • Solution could furthermore compensate uneven ground
  • PALFINGER is the world's leading provider of innovative crane and lifting solutions
  • With around 10,800 employees worldwide s
  • 34 production locations
  • over 5,000 global sales and service points


Challenge 2:
Demonstrator Vehicle for Testing Applications

Situation / Object
  • A demonstrator for test & measurement applications, e.g. sensor positioning, data collection or data flow provides several benefits
  • Potential customers of AVL could therefore better understand the value and usability of the provided technology
  • Develop a demonstrator for test & measurement applications on the example of passenger cars
  • Find a suitable physical and/or digital environment to visualize the demonstrator vehicle
Key Facts AVL
  • Leading R&D expert in the areas of Automotive Powertrains, Drivetrain Solutions, Simulation & Testing

  • With more than 11.000 employees worldwide

  • Fields of Expertise:
    • Testing Solutions
    • Simulation Technologies
    • ADAS and Autonomous Driving
    • Battery
    • Calibration
    • Controls and Electronics
    • E-Drive
    • Engineering Services


Challenge 1

Key Facts ELIN Motoren
  • ELIN Motoren as part of Voith group is a global supplier for rotating electrical machines and life-cycle solutions
  • More than 120 years of experience in developing and producing rotating electrical machines
  • Business fields:
    • Wind Energy
    • Tunneling / Mining
    • Power Plants
    • Oil & Gas
    • Marine
  • Power range of machines beginning with 60 [kW] up to 50 [MW]
Situation / Object

Permanent magnet rotor design:

  • Rotor-skewing is possible for rotor-topologies with surface permanent magnets (discrete skewing).
  • Rotor skewing with buried magnets is not possible. This is bypassed by skewing the stator instead of the rotor.
Task / Objectives:
  • Find a method for rotor-skewing with buried permanent magnets in the case of the  segmented and non-segmented rotor-topology.
  • Pay special attention to:
    • Torque transmission
    • Feasibility of the manufacturing process

Challenge 2

Key Facts PAYER Medical
  • Leading and worldwide acting OEM/ODM Personal Care- and Grooming Products supplier

  • Located in St. Bartholomä near Graz

  • More than 75 years of experience in their business field

  • Facilities in Austria (HQ), Hungary and China with
    1000+ employees

  • Supplier to A-Brands like Braun, Philips, Wahl etc.

Situation / Object
  • Beardtrimmer and hairclipper products need a stiffer and more precise comb system.
  • Systems on the market are realized with cheap looking  plastic attachment combs
  • Fragile
  • No precise setting (cutting length)
  • Due to the design of the plastic mould the parting line is a problem (burr with e.g. skretches on skin)
Task / Objectives:
  • Search for alternative solutions to plastic attachement combs
  • Requirements:
    • High Quality appearance
      (weight, cold touch, stiff execution and confidence in using)
    • Easy to change and easy adjustment
    • Ready to have also 0,2 [mm] steps
    • Competitive production costs compared to plastic comb

    Impressions from Makerthon #2

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    The Makerthone takes place in the Schumpeter Laboratory for Innovation, Inffeldgasse 11, 3 8010 Graz.