In Summary

The winners of Swinburne’s National Product Design Engineering Challenge recently gathered from across Australia to enjoy their prize weekend in Melbourne.

As part of their prize, Adam Carr (VIC), Jackson Read (WA), Lucien Housego (ACT), Luke Mathewson (TAS) and Matthew De Zen (QLD) toured Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus and student accommodation, and visited the Eureka Skydeck in Southbank.

While on campus, the winners checked out the facilities in the Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre, taking part in 3D printing and Computer Aided Design workshops.

They also toured the Design for Resource Efficiency workspace and the Factory of the Future 3D visualisation studio and had an entrance interview for Swinburne’s Bachelor of Engineering (Product Design) course.

The Product Design Engineering Challenge required entrants to create an innovative function for a plastic bottle or container so it has a secondary use. 

Entries were judged on innovation and creativity, engineering feasibility and market appeal. There was also a People’s Choice award, hosted on Swinburne’s Facebook page, which was won by Adam Carr.‌

Reflecting on the competition, Matthew De Zen said it was a relevant challenge targeting an issue faced by society today.

“Although it was quite a simple design brief it required entrants to think outside the box, and really get creative with the designs. To come up with a practical solution required a bit of thought.” 

Matthew enjoyed touring the campus facilities. “It would be awesome to use some of the machinery that students have access to. I can’t wait to study here if I get accepted,” he said.

“Perhaps the best thing about the event at Swinburne was having such genuine, kind and down to earth people there to answer any questions we had and to foster an exciting environment for the course, Adam Carr said.

Check out the photos from the winners’ weekend on our Facebook.

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