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!

Makerthon #3
Friday, May 17th 2019 until Sunday 19th

Makerthon #5: postponed until 2021

For more information contact Andreas Kohlweiss

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

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