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    NAA Member News: Liverpool Lifesciences UTC Autodesk Design Challenge ‘Concept Cars’

    Liverpool Lifesciences UTC and the Studio School have been commissioned by Autodesk Education to set this year’s UTC design challenge. The challenge will be open to any of the UK’s 47 UTCs, with students aged between 14-19 eligible to take part.

    This year the project is inspired by BAC (Briggs Automotive Company) and the Challenge has been set by Murray Adams (Senior Design Engineer). Murray and the team at BAC have been friends of the schools for several years and wanted to encourage and support the next generation of engineers in the world of Automotive design.

    So, the challenge that has been set is for the students to come up with their own ‘concept car’. You can view the project here

    The car will be designed using Autodesk Fusion 360, with a focus on ‘surface modelling’ and the ‘forms’ environments within the software. Fusion 360 binds together aspects of many of the Autodesk software into one platform. Surface modelling and forms have some strong links to Alias which is used heavily in Automotive design.

    The competition will run from 30.11.23 – 16.02.24 at which point Murray Adams, BAC will be joined by Steve Cox, Amfori Consulting, Nathan Rogers, Autodesk and Paul Jones, Northern Automotive Alliance, to judge the student’s concept cars.

    The judging will take place in four main areas:

    • Design Creativity and Innovation

    • Technical Proficiency and Software Mastery

    • Functionality of the Design

    • Presentation and Communication

    The students will be judged in age group categories and there will be a set of prizes on offer, including Amazon Vouchers, AR merge cubes, 3D colour prints of the winning designs (thanks to Print City), a chance to exhibit at the Mach 24 exhibition and a behind the scenes tour of the BAC manufacturing facility in Speke.

    The project is set by the ‘Fusion Educators’ Hub’ which is the portal we use to display our engineering design resources and projects. If you want to find out more about the school or the competition, or even provide some input, please get in touch with Dan Howard (

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