The School’s model making laboratory was officially launched last week by the Vice-Chancellor & President, Professor Warren Bebbington, along with other senior management staff; the Deputy State Liberal Leader and Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, and Status of Women, Vickie Chapman MP, industry partners, colleagues and friends of the University.
Head of School, Professor George Zillante, welcomed everyone who attended and gave special thanks to the Executive Dean: Faculty of the Professions, Professor Christopher Findlay and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) Professor Mike Brooks, who provided the funds that enabled the model making laboratory to come to fruition.
While many students enjoy building multi-dimensional models by hand, our technologically advanced model making laboratory includes the latest prototyping equipment that students can use to create very detailed models for their projects. The laboratory includes:
• Two laser cutters to create precise scale models that accurately represent topography, elevation and space. Students can design realistic models using a variety of materials including wood, plastic, glass, stone and more.
• Two 3D scanners/digitisers that enable students to turn physical objects into 3D digital models that can then be printed in different mediums.
• A 3D printer that enables students to create realistic models from computer inputs.
• Nine foam cutters that create models from digital designs and precision cut them out of large pieces of Styrofoam.
Having the opportunity to create professionally finished models gives students the experience in using the tools they will encounter throughout their career.
To demonstrate the capability of the model making laboratory, Professor George Zillante devised a project to challenge his students and to demonstrate the capacity of the 3D printer that involved the scanning and printing of the heads of some of the University’s senior management team. The scanning of the heads was done by students Clinton Hughey-Trueman, Patrick Scott and Esther Yong. The students then spent numerous hours manipulating the software to ensure facial accuracy by using Rhino 3D software before producing 3D prints of the heads.
The Vice-Chancellor & President, Professor Warren Bebbington along with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research), Professor Mike Brooks, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic), Professor Pascale Quester and the Executive Dean: Faculty of the Professions, Professor Christopher Findlay were each presented with their very own ‘3D printed heads’ by 4th year Master of Architecture / Master of Landscape Architecture student Esther Yong.