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Is Your Technology Innovative Enough to Edge Out the Competition?

May 14, 2024
Enter the 2024 EDGE Awards to highlight the design and engineering products, technology, services and software that multidisciplinary engineers are using in the ever-evolving machine design space.

From automation and robotics to additive manufacturing and software, there are so many innovative products and services that have an impact on the industry. To help celebrate the technological developments in our industry, Machine Design—along with affiliate brands in Endeavor Business Media's Design & Engineering group—has launched the 2024 EDGE Awards. Formerly known as the IDEA Awards, the EDGE Awards celebrate the innovative products, technologies, systems and services within the design and engineering industry.

Why Enter?

Entering your new product(s) in the EDGE Award competition will provide exposure for your products and your company. Accepted entries will receive online coverage of their product to be distributed through our various channels, including magazine, newsletters, websites and social media.

There are a total of 14 categories in which a product can be submitted, including: 

Additive Manufacturing and Rapid Prototyping

3D printing machines, materials and software, as well as interfaces to CAD and machine tools for post-processing.

Automation and Controls

PLC, SCADA and networks and software used to manage control systems and data.

Machine Learning/Deep Learning

Hardware and software that incorporates—or is designed to—improve product quality, supply chain management and production throughput.

Machine Vision & Inspection

Cameras, sensors, lenses, filters, lighting, frame grabbers, software and systems.


Single-axis and multi-axis robots for assembly, product inspection and supply chain use as well as cobots, AGVs and other robotic transport vehicles. This also includes software related to robotics, including fleet management and robot operating systems.

Tools, Design and Operations Software

EDA, CAD, CAM, CAE, digital twin, modeling and simulation software, as well as application tools and operating systems to assist the design engineer. This category also includes IDEs, compilers and middleware.

View the full list of categories and how to enter.

What Constitutes a “New Product”?

All products must have been introduced for the first time within a 12-month period beginning May 27, 2023, and ending May 27, 2024. Significant upgrades to existing products may be submitted but will be accepted at the discretion of the editorial staff. Entrants may submit products in a specific category, but that category may be changed at the discretion of the editorial staff.

Who Selects the Winners?

Voting is open ONLY to all eligible and qualified readers of Machine DesignElectronic DesignPower & MotionMicrowaves & RFLaser Focus WorldMilitary + Aerospace Electronics and Vision Systems Design who work in the engineering community. Ineligible votes from non-qualified participants will not be considered.

There will be a winner and two honorees highlighted for each category (categories subject to change at the editors' discretion contingent on the scope of products received). Winners will receive a physical award commemorating their product’s win to showcase at their office and booth at key industry events. The single product that receives the highest number of votes across all categories will receive the Leading Edge Award.

Companies are welcome to submit as many new products as they like. Submissions can be made here

About the Author

Sharon Spielman | Technical Editor, Machine Design

As Machine Design’s technical editor, Sharon Spielman produces content for the brand’s focus audience—design and multidisciplinary engineers. Her beat includes 3D printing/CAD; mechanical and motion systems, with an emphasis on pneumatics and linear motion; automation; robotics; and CNC machining.

Spielman has more than three decades of experience as a writer and editor for a range of B2B brands, including those that cover machine design; electrical design and manufacturing; interconnection technology; food and beverage manufacturing; process heating and cooling; finishing; and package converting.

Email: [email protected]

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