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Technical College of the Rockies student places in design contest

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Paul Pyles has been a student at Technical College of the Rockies for 1 1/2 years and is working his way through the technical CAD program, with both the technical CAD crafting and the architectural CAD drafting program under his belt. To say that Paul is a dedicated student is an understatement as he drives from Telluride every day; dedication is something near and dear to Paul's heart as he is a disabled Army veteran.

One day Paul was perusing Instagram and stumbled upon an Auto Desk University Design Challenge, which was to design a piece of stack flat furniture, much like that which Ikea puts out, that must be "put together" without any screws or glue and must be comprised of 100 percent plywood and dowels. The submission was to be via social media only. To make things just a bit more challenging, Pyles had less than a week to figure it out and pull it all together. After three full days of 11 1/2 hours, in addition to his full school workload, Pyles submitted his design.

Almost immediately he received positive feedback on his submission from a high-level designer, which was a happy surprise for Paul. And soon after that Pyles was notified that his design came in fourth out of 60, which is quite an accomplishment given the fact that he was competing against licensed engineers and designers.

Pyles's plan for the future of his chairs is to market them and price them to sell, so that he can compete with the big box stores. There are lots of avenues to pursue for his winning stack flat plywood chair, and no doubt he will be able to capitalize on his big win in the Auto Desk University Design Challenge.

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