Aluminium award for final year product student

Final year students from BSc (Hons) Product Design students were given the opportunity to work on an Aluminium Extrusion Design assignment.

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Felix Ure winning first prize

Final year students from BSc (Hons) Product Design students were given the opportunity to work on an Aluminium Extrusion Design assignment.

The students were required to design a product which utilises both an aluminium alloy and the extrusion process ensuring that the designs are contemporary and consider commercial and technical viability. Environmental impact and lifecycle thinking is required to be demonstrated within their submissions. The assessment requires a presentation alongside a maximum 2,000 word report concentrating on materials, manufacture and design.

The assignment is strongly influenced by an externally set design competition run by the Aluminium Federation (ALFED). The exercise is also sponsored by Sapa Profiles Ltd, who specialise in aluminium extrusion design. Sapa have supported similar design projects with NTU in the past and have kindly arranged a technical presentation and a tour of their extrusion plant to help students understand relevant design opportunities and constraints associated with material and process.

Sapa supported the project by offering cash prizes and certificates to what they considered to be the best three designs. This will also be accompanied by the offer of an invitation to a two day profile academy for the winner which presents and excellent networking opportunity as well as expert design input. Sapa's chosen winner was Felix Ure with a Shower Clip Strip design, followed in second by Joseph Wild.

Aluminium award for final year product student

Published on 31 July 2014
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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