As part of the ongoing partnership between Engineering La Trobe University and Mill Park Library, engineering students Matt Felicetti and Tommy Huynh provided patrons with an insightful and interactive presentation on Advanced manufacturing and robotics. The event which was held on Tuesday 19th of August 2014 was part of the national Science week, the annual celebration of science and technology around Australia.
The presentation introduced attendees to traditional manufacturing technologies and how they compare to the additive manufacturing process better known as 3D printing. The process of manufacturing, from creating a model using computer aided design (CAD) software, to printing using a 3D printer to finishing the final model was comprehensively covered. Applications in personal, professional and industry were given, showing the vast abilities and opportunities of 3D printing. Matthew and Tommy also discussed the importance of future jobs it could create in the manufacturing industry. Tommy covered his research and development in this area showcasing his research around the use of robotic systems for the inspection of underground sewage systems. The students further elaborated on the synergy between robotics, electronics and mechatronic engineering to create new remarkable and mind blowing products. The attendees were given real examples of La Trobe University engineering students work that have been implementing these forms of technology. The technology has allowed students to develop high quality and rapid prototypes.
The engineering courses at La Trobe were presented and how concepts such as 3D printing were immersed throughout. "La Trobe University students don't just use 3D printers, we design and manufacture our own with the intention to donate them to low socio-economic schools and communities" said Matthew Felicetti. To conclude, the students provided all attendees with a step by step guide on easy it was to get started in this rapidly growing industry with information on how to join the 3D printing communities, free software and best printers for eginners.
Matthew Felicetti is a Computer Systems Engineering student at La Trobe University and is the president of the Engineering Society and IEEE student branch. Tommy Huynh is a PhD candidate in the area of Robotics.