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’Design it Digital’ Competition Focuses on CAD Skills

The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS®) has launched Design it Digital, a new CAD-based design contest that is open to middle school, high school, and post-secondary students in accredited woodworking or related programs in North America.

In addition to highlighting the use of CAD software in the industry, the contest is an avenue for interested wood industry businesses to get involved with students and schools. AWI Education Director Doug Hague encourages AWI members to promote involvement in the competition through their contacts with academic institutions and woodwork apprentices in an effort to emphasize the value of technology skills, including drafting and producing shop drawings among future woodworkers. “Future woodworkers need to know that use of technology is an exciting part of our industry.  By promoting the wood industry as a avenue to use skills in technology, our industry can help change the image of wood industry employment and excite young people about a viable career path in our industry,” Doug said.  Get involved; spread the word!

In Design it Digital, students are presented with three hypothetical scenarios in which a client is asking for a custom piece of furniture. Students can choose their favorite client project and design a solution using CAD and rendering software. “This contest introduces students to challenges that designers face when making a custom piece of furniture. Our focus is to engage young people into thinking about the many career opportunities utilizing advanced technology in the wood industry,” said AWFS® Education Committee Chair Don Bigelow.

This contest is entirely free to enter and entry applications will be accepted until May 31, 2018.  Students can go to the online entry Web site at to create a user login, respond to the entry questions, and upload their visual presentation boards.

The contest will be judged by a panel of industry professionals that includes AWI’s Doug Hague, and the winning entries will be announced by AWFS® in August 2018. Middle and high school entries will be judged separately from post-secondary entries.

Cash prizes for first place, second place, and honorable mention will be awarded for both school levels, along with in-kind prizes donated from the industry sponsors. “This contest is an entirely online process, making it accessible to any CAD student in North America.” said AWFS® Education Director Adria Torrez.

All contest information can be found at

The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS), founded in 1911, is a non-profit organization that wholly owns and produces the biennial AWFS®Fair.
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