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Rapid design solutions to prevent an accident

[/mk_fancy_title][mk_countdown title=”End of Session” date=”1/17/2017 12:00:00″ offset=”+10″][vc_column_text]Oh No!!! An accident has just occurred, your team has been made responsible for identifying a way to prevent something similar in the future or mitigate it’s effects.

In addition to just being awesome people capable of just about anything, your team also has some awesome 3D design and printing capability (as well as hot glue, playdough and whatever else you can find).

You now have less than 2 hours to:

  • Identify one part of the problem to solve
  • Create an awesome solution
  • then present it to the Senior Management of the organisation

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  1. Identify a timekeeper. It’s their job to make sure you will have something to present.
  2. Identify who will be your 3D printing expert
  3. Identify who will be your research guru
  4. Identify who will do your 30s pitch – They will have to talk fast, tell us that you have solves a problem and why it’s the best thing ever!!!

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[/mk_fancy_title][vc_column_text]3D Printing is an additive process which builds the final shape layer-on-layer directly from the raw materials.  With 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) typically there is very low waste, and new designs are able to be produced many times faster than traditional methods (weeks and months faster).

Short runs of custom and bespoke designs can now be produced by just about anyone, no previous manufacturing experience is required. Fused Deposition Modelling is the most accessible form of 3D printing. It’s a thermal process, heating the raw material to over 200ºC and then extruded from a small nozzle. Click through the presentation for some simple design tips and watch the videos to give you a quick introduction to the process we will use today.

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Creating and Improving

[/mk_fancy_title][vc_column_text]Design is not a one step process, make something, try it out, show everybody and then do it all again. Don’t expect that your design can ever be made to be perfect, and understand it will never even be close on the first time around so do it again, again and again.

3D printing is not super speedy, so prototype some unknown bits of your design first, use glue, cardboard, play dough and magic to get your design over the line.


We will be using tinkercad to create the 3D printed parts of your design.

Go to

Login with Username: “”  Password: “SuperST3M

Tinkercad is a web-based direct modelling engine.  It’s a drag and drop program, different shapes get combined, added and subtracted from each other.  Resize them, Align them, Group them and Pattern them until you have what you want.

Tinkercad has lots of keyboard shortcuts to make it easy.





Grab one of us when you are ready to print.

Download your completed model as an .STL

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  • Upload your .STL
  • Go to “slicer” on the top menu
  • Make sure the model is setup on the platform correctly
  • You can pick infill percentage and make minor tweaks to the how the model will print.



Pre-print checklist

  1. Connected to the right printer
  2. Material in the printer
  3. Correct model selected
  4. Press print and watch the magic

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Just 30s!

You will have just 30s to impress the Senior Management with your solution (and maybe win some chocolate.)  We will let you go a bit over but you will be honked off the stage at 1min.

Give us your positioning statement and quick elevator pitch about your solution.

Tell us who it’s for, why it works, and why it’s better than anything else in the category.

To start with create a positioning statement, time it, practice it and make it compelling.

Positioning statement templates

There are a number of templates available for writing a positioning statement. Geoffrey Moore, the American organizational theorist suggests:

For (target customers)
Who (have the following problem)
Our product is a (describe the product or solution)
That provides (cite the breakthrough capability)
Unlike (reference competition),
Our product/solution (describe the key point of competitive differentiation)


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