MEET Team HyperSciences and other Quarterfinalists at the American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize

In continuation of our recent LinkedIn post on Team HypeSciences’ advancement to the quarterfinals at the Geothermal Manufacturing Award competition, we feel it would be beneficial to briefly revisit the rules and requirements for contest participant’s progression to each of the competition’s four phases.

The American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize (Geothermal Prize), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy in partnership with HeroX is designed to spur innovation and unites the world’s best-in-class research base with the American-Made Network’s unparalleled entrepreneurial support system. Competitors in the Ready!, Set!, Make!, and Geo! Contests participate in four escalating challenges.


Our Creative Team at IMMIX Productions, Inc. worked together with Team HypersSciences, contributing 2D / 3D Animation clips, Motion Graphics, and Visualizations for each of their explainer video submissions. We look forward to future projects to accommodate our friends at HyperSciences, Inc., in this and other competitions.

In addition to Team HyperSciences (Spokane, WA) developing additive manufacturing case-while-drilling (CWD) geothermal wells with hypersonic impact auger drill and continuous 3D monobore concrete printed casing, there was a number of other talented teams that advanced to the quarterfinals phase of the competition.

Here they are: 

  • Team Ozark Integrated Circuits (Fayetteville, AR) brings processing power to the edge in extreme environments such as enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) via additive manufacturing of high-temperature electronics circuits. 
  • Team Ultra High-Temperature Logging Tool (Houston, TX) is creating an ultra-high-temperature logging tool for the geothermal industry using additive manufacturing at the core of the design.  
  • Team PLUGS (Morgantown, WV) is optimizing, designing, and printing a sparger head for geothermal airlift systems.
  • The Bit Guys (Morgantown, WV) design is a revolutionary air hammer bit that will stay intact up to 600°C.
  • Team Welltec (Katy, TX) uses additive manufacturing to enhance the metal annual barrier for effective zonal isolation in geothermal wells.
  • Team Schlumberger 1 of 2 (Houston, TX) formulates high-temperature elastomers and optimizes additive manufacturing of sealing elements for a geothermal isolation plug.
  • Team GreenFire Energy (Emeryville, CA) is using a closed-loop system in multiple industrial applications.
  • Team Sage Geosystems (Houston, TX) is developing a closed-loop geothermal system by utilizing metal 3D printing to engineer a highly efficient helical downhole heat exchanger. 
  • Team Physical Solutions (Rockwall, TX) develops an additive manufactured nano-material thick film printed vibration and accelerometer sensor for an operation to 500°C. 
  • Team Multiscale Systems (Worcester, MA) uses additively manufactured mechanical metamaterials to improve enhanced geothermal system (EGS) equipment survivability in the downhole environment.
  • Team A.C. (Cambridge, MA) is building a novel electrical generator to support deep drilling operations.
  • Team Baker Hughes (Houston, TX) uses additive manufacturing to create backup rings for ultra-expansion high-pressure, high-temperature packers for zonal isolation in geothermal wells.
  • Team Dreamer Geothermophiles (Grand Forks, ND) uses additive manufacturing to design and fabricate a pipe interventions gadget (PIG) to remove scale deposition from geothermal wells.
  • Team Schlumberger 2 of 2 (Houston, TX) develops a 3D-printed, high-strength, fiber-reinforced composite frac plug for high-temperature geothermal zonal isolation.

Source: Geothermal Additive Manufacturing $4.65m Challenge | HeroX.

The deadline for submissions to the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Set! phase of the competition was Feb. 17, 2021. Up to 10 semifinalists will be selected to split a $1 million cash prize pool. Additionally, each winning team will earn $75,000 in support vouchers to be used at national labs and partner facilities

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At IMMIX Productions, we are constantly at the forefront of new visions, inventions, and emerging ventures, especially when 3D Modeling & Animated Visualization of the process is necessary to benefit their Marketing Strategy, Prototype / New Patent Registration, V.C. Pitch Deck, Crowdfunding Promotion, Explainer Video and/or Digital Brochure. Please, check out our 3D Animation, or Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality DEMO REELS, and visit our site for more samples, case studies, and success stories.

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