The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) students were the national champion for the design challenge of the 3D Printing Hackathon organised by Materialise Sdn Bhd.
“This is an outstanding achievement for our final year Mechanical Engineering students. They were able to put into practice what they have learnt in the classroom for different applications, and this is one of the main reasons why our graduates are highly sought-after by employers,” said UNMC Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering Head Professor Ng Hoon Kiat.
The winning team, Hourglass, consisted of students from Mechanical Engineering, namely, Adib Aiman Md Yusof, Muhammad Adam bin Muhammad Shahir, Zhanibek Madibekov and Oleg Kim. The team bagged RM2,000 cash and a 3D printed trophy for their winnng 3D design of a lampshade which was inspired by nature.
The 3D Printing Hackathon was a two-day event which took place at Materialise. The participants were presented with a complex 3D model printed with an FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) machine. The model was not only complex, but had many flaws, rendering it unfit for use. The team’s challenge was to modify and optimise the design of the model by learning and using Materialise 3-matic, a software program for designing and modifying 3D data.
There were two categories of the competition the Design Challenge and the Software Challenge. UNMC’s Hourglass team was the winner of the Design Challenge.