A rapid prototyping model for Vietnam?
UTS Rapido, an advanced technology development unit established in 2016, is a model of interest to the emerging Vietnamese technology sector looking for ways to develop collaborations between industry and tertiary institutions.
At the Australia-Vietnam Partnership Showcase in Ho Chi Minh City on 25 May, Professor Myriam Amielh, Associate Dean External Engagement and Stuart Warren, Rapido Delivery Manager, presented the concept with examples of projects already underway.
This Showcase was organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and attended by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC (Ret'd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. It consolidates the Strategic Partnership agreement signed by Australia and Vietnam in April which includes an interest in exploring collaboration with tertiary institutions. This is leading to enquiries about ways that the ‘information gap’ between the university research sector and industry can be bridged.
Through our recent partnerships with Vietnam National University- University of Engineering and Technology (VNU-UET) in Hanoi in 2017, and more recently Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT), and a number of large Vietnamese technology firms, UTS is exploring whether both countries are facing similar challenges in translating academic research to impact for the society, and whether the Rapido model is feasible for Vietnam conditions.
Organisations working with Rapido have access to unique rapid prototyping which helps industry, government and community partners translate innovative ideas and complex problems into viable products and solutions.
UTS Rapido is focused on supporting organisations to deliver hardware and software prototypes and solutions. We have a unique capability in terms of breadth and depth of expertise, and advanced facilities.
We can assemble multi-skilled teams to leverage the expertise of high performing engineers who have extensive experience in commercial research and development together with academic researchers who bring world class expertise in key technology domains.
Professor Myriam Amielh, Associate Dean External Engagement
Rapido was established to unlock innovation in data analytics, telecommunications, app development, computer vision, 3D geometry processing, additive manufacturing, Internet of Things and other industry 4.0 technologies.
An example project for bespoke 3D printing technology developed by Rapido and UTS academics for the company Spee3D featured at the Showcase.
We have already successfully translated UTS research into new commercial-grade prototypes for more than 10 organisations, including large companies (Nokia, Downer), SMEs (Waterco), start-ups (Spee3D, Techfit) and government agencies (NSW Health).