Teams and individuals entering the TMS Bladesmithing Competition must adhere to the rules and meet the requirements presented below in order to compete:
Eligibility and Entry Requirements
The TMS Bladesmithing Competition is open to university teams only:
- Teams may also include up to one (1) non-student artisan and two (2) advanced-placement high school students. At least half of the team membership must be university students.
- Recent engineering graduates who received their degree following the TMS 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition will be considered students for the 2021 competition.
- Please Note: Space in the TMS Bladesmithing competition is limited and places will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
- Multiple Bladesmithing entries by the same individual/university will only be considered as space is available.
Each team or individual entrant is required to obtain written acknowledgement from their faculty department chair in order to participate in the competition. A sample acknowledgement is provided for your convenience. (Signed acknowledgement due to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1, 2020.)
Produce a knife or sword blade 20–120 cm long (including handle).
Entries must include a video, technical report, and poster (all of which are due on January 14, 2021)
- Each team is limited to one blade.
- Blades must be formed extensively by hand hammering/trip hammering or forge pressing.
- Blades must not be sharpened (minimum edge radius = 0.5 mm).
- There is no restriction on the starting material for the blades. Teams may use: purchased stock material; material that is alloyed, laminated, or otherwise processed by the team; or material smelted from ore.
- Video: Maximum of 5 minutes in length, with the following technical specifications:
- Codec/Format: H264 / MP4
- Dimensions: HD (1920x1080)
- File Size Limit: 300mb
- Encoded Bitrate: Approx 1.2 Mbps
- Technical Report: 11-point Arial font. Maximum of 10 pages double-spaced, including appendices, acknowledgments, tables and graphs.
- Poster: 24" x 36" Landscape
Please Note: This poster size must be adhered to or your poster cannot be displayed.
A minimum of 150 ppi (pixels per inch) is required, but should not exceed 300 ppi. Please do not submit original files. Only the following file formats will be accepted for inclusion in the poster portion of the competition: JPEG, TIFF, PDF.
- Photograph Submissions: Teams must also submit a photograph of their blade, as well as a separate photograph of their team with the blade. These submissions are not judged as part of the competition but will be used for promotional and organizational purposes.
- Laws and Regulations: All participants should carefully investigate and act in compliance with all local laws and any pertinent institutional rules and regulations regarding the handling of items fabricated for or entered into the competition.
- Safety Practices: Best practices for laboratory safety and safe blade handling are required. Evidence of this is an essential component of the judging criteria.
A Message to Department Chairs
Safety is the number one priority for all teams entering the 2021 TMS Bladesmithing Competition. Students must apply safe practices at all times and failure to properly address safety concerns will result in automatic disqualification. All teams are required to coordinate with a faculty advisor and appropriate campus safety personnel to discuss safety procedures, identify potential hazards, and complete safety training prior to participating in the competition. All students must complete any required safety training at their home institutions before using specialized equipment and facilities. It is also recommended that all students review the following important safety links as a starting point before entering the laboratory/shop environment.
Additionally, it is the responsibility of competitors to adhere to the COVID-19 safety guidelines of their university, and other local and state guidelines, while working on elements of the competition.
Mandatory Blade Check In and Check Out
Teams and individual entrants will be required to attend a blade check-in during a designated time slot for their blade and poster to be included in the display. The exact location for the check-in will be communicated in an e-mail to the designated team captains.
Once a blade is checked in, the following rules will apply
- Teams must submit the name and contact information for the member who will check in the blade to email@example.com no later than February 11, 2021.
- Blades not shipped to the official service contractor, Freeman, must be transported in a locked case at all time.
- Teams must check out their blades at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, when the TMS2021 Exhibition closes. Teams are responsible for collecting their blades and arranging return transportation. No blades may be removed before this time.
- Display cases will be locked once the blades are placed in them. This means your blade will be secure during the three days of the TMS2021 Exhibition.
- • Security will be present at the 2021 TMS Bladesmithing display area overnight.
- Blades cannot be checked out before the conclusion of the TMS2021 Exhibition. Teams that are unable to check out their blade in person will be required to make return shipping arrangements with the official general service contractor, Freeman. TMS will not be responsible for any blades left behind.
For additional information about TMS Bladesmithing events, activities, and opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.