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euspen Challenge 2016 - news

Please be advised the euspen Challenge 2016 will be postponed until 2017.  

The construction and format of the euspen Challenge is currently being reviewed.  As it is becoming increasingly popular and we want to ensure the event continues to be beneficial to all participants including commercial organisations.  Whilst this is being undertaken it has unfortunately meant we have had to delay the euspen Challenge 2016 until 2017.   If you would like to be involved in the euspen Challenge 2017 please email 

The euspen Challenge 2015 was held in Stockholm, Sweden, and was a huge success, with an array of student talent on show from the precision engineering sector. 

In line with the overall networking objectives of euspen, the Challenge benefits students and industry alike. Students gain great national and international teamwork exposure, and develop engineering and business skills. The Challenge also facilitates professional networking opportunities, and allows contacts to be nurtured with leading companies operating in the precision engineering field.

In a similar way, the euspen Challenge allows industry to tap into the cream of new talent in precision engineering, and to make unique connections in prominent research institutes

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.

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.

The event provided students with the tools to embrace and apply current and newly acquired skills in a constantly changing and demanding market. Working in culturally diverse teams, students had access to respected industry leaders to develop their commercial acumen.

The technical challenge in 2015 centred on high precision metrology using low cost imaging sensors. The challenge was to design and build an optical coordinate measuring machine (CMM) in order to achieve maximum accuracy with low economic budget. Issues to be focussed upon were appearance and functionality of the prototype, design and construction of the machine, verification of performance, and a review of the innovative aspects of the solution, the economics of its production, the compelling nature of the allied business case, and the overall quality of the presentation.

Teams (made up of three members in each) were presented with the challenge at 08.00 on the 8th July and had until 11.45 on Thursday 9th to complete their work.

The winning teams (named after famous Swedish scientists and entrepreneurs) were Oskar Benjamin Klein sponsored by KTH Royal Institute of Technology which won the award for “Overall Best Solution”, made up of students Alberto Figueroa de Godos from Bilbao Faculty of Engineering in Spain, Aslan Hüsnü from Aarhus University in Denmark, and Christian Young from the University of Huddersfield in the U.K.

The winner of the “Most Innovative Solution” award was team Christopher Polhem, sponsored by Hexagon Metrology Nordic AB and including students Paolo Micalizzi from ETH in Switzerland, Olatz Canovas Ahedo from the University of the Basque Country/Faculty of Engineering in Spain, and Qilin Fu from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden

The “Best Presentation” award (sponsored by Johannes Heidenhain GmbH) was won by team Baltzar von Platen including Steven R. Gillmer from the University of Rochester in the USA, Jan Brajer from the Institute of Physics Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and Johann Uphoff from the Universität Bremen in Denmark.


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National Heats 2015

euspen Challenge has been performed 2010 in Jena, Germany, 2011 in Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2012 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and 2014 in Traunreut, Germany. euspen Challenge 2015 was held in Stockholm, Sweden, from 7-9 July 2015.

National heat competitions were held across Europe at the beginning of 2015.  In July the competition winners from each country met in Stockholm at KTH to compete for the title of euspen International Challenge Winners 2015, where they had the opportunity to meet with leading scientists and companies in the field of precision engineering.

The euspen Challenge event is valued as a great opportunity to promote young talented engineers and connect them with industry.

National heats were held in; Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. Students from the American Society for Precision Engineering, Asian Society for Precision Engineering and Japanese Society for Precision Engineering also took part in this event.

National heats information

Student CVs

Competition Process

Competition Process

Previous euspen Challenges

Previous euspen Challenges