A surfboard that can be adjusted to suit a range of surf conditions, a coffee machine for roasting and grinding coffee beans at home and a counter-drone that can pursue and capture these small aircraft in sensitive airspace will be on display at the 2015 Product Design Engineering graduate exhibition at Swinburne University of Technology.
A total of 25 projects will be on display from noon 1 December to noon 4 December in The George building at Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus.
According to studio leader Mark Strachan, the students develop strong project propositions based on a social or environmental need and create highly resolved outcomes that have both design and engineering integrity throughout from the ‘inside out’.
“Product design engineering is a unique program that combines mechanical engineering and industrial design to produce engineering professionals with both technical aptitude and creative design acumen,” he says.
The course focuses on the design of innovative, human-centred, sustainable and responsible products.
The challenge in their final year is to collaborate closely with an industry partner to research and design a market-ready product that responds directly to a social or environmental need.
To help them with their product design the students have access to state-of-the-art reverse engineering and rapid prototyping facilities.
A prototype of the drone catcher was developed by PDE student Owen Dickinson.
Results of these final year projects will be on display at the exhibition.