Thursday, 29 November 2012

Inspiring Young Engineers through 3D Printing

A recent story by Juho Vesanto on the 3D Printing Industry blog highlights how 3D printing can inspire students to consider a career in engineering.  The latest news from 3DPI reports on Loughborough University in the UK, where the university has launched an initiative that is designed to give primary school children a glimpse into the world of 3D printing with a specific purpose – to get children more interested and involved in engineering from an early age. What could be a better way to do that than with inspiring demonstration and use of 3D printing technologies. Read the full story by clicking here.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

CSIRO ARCAM EBM Open Day 5 December 2012

CSIRO is pleased to announce a new titanium additive manufacturing facility at their largest site in Clayton, Victoria.

The facility, which will host the southern hemisphere’s first Arcam Electron Beam Melting (EBM) facility, will be showcased at an open house event on December 5, offering a rare opportunity to see inside this cutting edge centre.

Additive manufacturing is not a new concept and there are several bureaus within Australia, such as RapidPro, however the CSIRO ARCAM facilty will offer complementary technologies to those already provided by RapidPro - specifically Electron Beam Melting (EBM).

Arcam Electron Beam Melting (EBM) is an additive manufacturing technology that uses an e-beam to melt and fuse metal powders, layer-by-layer, into 3D parts. The resulting quality of these metal parts is high, as the process is conducted in a vacuum and held at high temperatures during the entire build.

“Additive manufacturing is an emerging technology capable of changing the future of manufacturing in Australia and we are keen to facilitate the adoption of new technologies which will benefit Australian businesses,” said Swee Mak, director of the CSIRO’s Future Manufacturing Flagship.

Friday, 23 November 2012

New Black ULTEM 9085 at RapidPro!

RapidPro, inc Redeye Australasia, is pleased to announce the arrival of ULTEM 9085 Black!

Adding to the already extensive list of medical and food grade thermoplastics on offer at RedEye Australasia, Black ULTEM 9085 brings all the benefits of traditional ULTEM: being lightweight, flame-retardant and suitable for aircraft apparatus, automotive components and military application for :
  • End Use Parts
  • Form, Fit and Function Testing
  • Jigs & Fixtures
ULTEM is an ideal material for designers seeking strong, lightweight materials for their digital manufacturing projects, and being available in black, eliminated unsightly staininga nd discolouartyion presne tin teh cream version of ULTEM 9085.

ULTEM carries a variety of exceptional thermoplastic propertie including its strength to weight ratio, V-Ø rating for flame, smoke and toxicity (FST), flight certification, and high heat deflection temperature (320° F / 160° C. 

ULTEM 9085 is certified for use on commercial aircrafts** and has proven success for electric / electrical components, microwave applications, pump and valve parts, marine and automotive manufacturers.

With Black ULTEM 9085 it is even easier to build tough realistic tooling prototypes and attractive functional parts, without having to paint. Minimizer, a USA truck fender manufacturer tested black ULTEM and were very pleased with the results. Read the full case study here.

Stratasys' black ULTEM thermoplastic is used for functional prototyping by truck fender maker, Minim ...
Functional fender in Black ULTEM 9085. Photo Courtesy of Minimizer

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Aussie F1 students take on the world .. and Win!

We are again proud to be associated with the  F1 in Schools™ Technology Challenge.

What is the F1 in Schools™ Technology Challenge? 

It is the world’s largest secondary school technology program which involves over nine million students from 17,000 schools in 31 nations.

Each year the world championship team is presented with the solid crystal Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools™ World Trophy. 

REA Foundation has been involved in the development of the program since its inception and manages the the program in Australia and New Zealand. Each year the program engages more than 40,000 high school students in Australia and delivers industry-standard technology into schools which is made available to a further 300,000 students outside the program.

Students as young as 10 are designing, testing and making miniature F1™ cars capable of 80km/h.
But it is not about fast cars. F1 in Schools™ is a holistic action learning program which focuses on developing long term employability skills. Students learn leadership, team building, project management, business planning, public speaking, marketing, collaboration, writing and presentation skills.

The students collaborate with many organisations, industry and higher education facilities to source knowledge and resources during the project, and we are proud to have been involved for our fifth consecutive year.

This year's winners were recently announced and we would like to congratulate all who won, as well as those who partcipated in this amazing program. 

The F1 in Schools World Finals were held in Abu Dhabi and the following images are of the three Australian entires. 

While the students have used the same set of underlying Bernoullian mathematics in calculating aerodynamic performance, each of the teams has ended up with a completely different outcome.

1st -  World Champions - Cold Fusion - Brighton Secondary School, Adelaide SA.

Other awards included:    

Best Engineered Car
Fastest Car
Grand Prix Race Award
The Ashes Trophy ... again beating the POMS


4th - Rapid Motion - Collaboration between Engadine High School, Sydney NSW; Sachsenwaldschule Gymnasium Reinbeck, Germany

Other awards:

    Best International Collaboration


 5th - SPECTRA - Collaboration between Trinity Grammar Kew, Melbourne Vic; Kyabram P-12 College, Kyabram Vic.


If you are keen to give it a go and compare yourself against the students you could come along to the next F1inSchools National Final which is being held at the Avalon Airshow in February 2013 and race-off against the students.

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