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Cory Dolman: I'm passionate about creating products that have a real sustainability and social impact on the world. Only one in 10 people in need of prosthetics have access to a specialist. And that can be due to cost or physical location. We try to close this gap by giving people with limb loss access to a computer mouse and therefore, access to CAD programs that they can iterate our designs, improve on them, and then print them at home and test them. And to really taking the user centered approach so they can design for themselves. It all started off just with basic sketches of how I thought a computer mouse might be used. We wanted to integrate the use of a mouse into a prosthetic hand. With Solidworks and other CAD software we were able to turn those sketches into 3D models, print them overnight and begin testing the very next day.
Cory Dolman: What drew me here to UTS was the access students get to the workshops and for example, here at the ProtoSpace, students are allowed to go in there, 3D print any of their own designs, and really test the boundary of these machines.
James Novak: 3D printing really is a disrupter for everyone from top level industry all the way through to I think, the home hobbyist or the home designer who's got an interesting idea. Industries like fashion and aerospace engineering, product design, are areas that are really transforming the ability to go from the design you see on screen very quickly to a physical object that you can test. Then you can go back and forth and keep changing that design so quickly. For industry, that's a real game changer. Normally you'd have to wait months for tooling to be made to see the physical outcome of your design. And that costs a lot of money.
Jennifer Loy: In the past, with mass production, we really had to work for large manufacturers and it constrained what we could do. The digital technologies that we have available now allow product design graduates to become entrepreneurs far more easily, which is really great because there's a whole suite of digital technologies that are really coming together. It's the Internet, scanning technology, data generation, analysis and digital fabrication technologies that work together to provide new opportunities that just were not possible before. The current generations coming through into university now are perfect for working with that kind of technology.
James Novak: There are quite a lot of organizations now who are taking 3D printers into developing countries, again, because it's so cheap and affordable to use and trying to help people that may be suffering from different health related illnesses and diseases.
Cory Dolman: Our vision for the future with these prosthetics is, hopefully in developing countries, there'll be these 3D printing hubs, maybe in a local community and, through using these prosthetics, hopefully they can improve on them themselves.
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Merena Nguyen: So the workshop is working with a modular sofa made by Tom Dixon, and the proposal from IKEA is for us to really take the sofa, and see what we can do with it, and be creative with it.
Tom Fereday: The piece has been designed as an open source product so that the product can be customized and developed into an infinite number of variations.
Angus Easthope: We started to have a look at the different provocations that were given to us by IKEA, and we focused on the myth of minimalism.
Laura Touman: We wanted to actually challenge this notion, this idea that minimalism means storing all your objects away, hidden from out of sight, out of mind kind of thing. We wanted to encourage people to use their objects to tell a story, a narrative about their life.
Sari Tredinnick: The idea that me and my partner have come up with is basically a couch that remembers the user specifically, and so it's similar to a mood ring or a Hypercolor T-shirt. How you sit in it, and then it kind of molds to your body, and that it remembers your marks.
Christine Gough: So they're taking their ideas, and they're really expanding on them, going way, way, way out there, thinking about different materials, and different concepts and ideas. Sometimes, we at IKEA, we can get locked into our own ideas. We need to collaborate. We need to work with different groups of people, and it's so exciting to work with these young design minds. They have the most amazing ideas, you know? They're in this time at the moment of looking at ideas, researching.
Laura Touman: It's really empowering to be taken so seriously, I think as a student designer, by a company like IKEA. They're actually ready to listen, to answer our questions, to give us advice, and it just really shows that they do trust us as the next generation of designers.
Merena Nguyen: You wouldn't really get the opportunity outside of uni to work with an international designer like Tom Dixon and the global company, IKEA. Like, it's a very cool experience.