Students win cash prize with live project

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

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 was sponsored and judged by Sapa Profiles Ltd, who specialise in aluminium extrusion design. Sapa also supported the project by offering cash prizes and certificates to what they considered to be the best three designs.

First place went to Kelly Rason with her High End Retail Shop Fitting designs. The judges from Sapa described Kelly's work as being "Innovative and visually exciting. I can see this product in a high end and modern retail environment. Further expansion of this system could include different fittings for items of clothing and other retail items. A great concept and a worthy winner."

Other work from students included new innovative designs of motorway barriers and mini speakers.

Kelly was awarded £500 for her work. After the event she said: "I'm actually quite surprised. I worked in retail design for my placement so I had an idea of what kind of thing to design but was up in the air about what I ended up doing. Someone must have really liked what I did."

Students win cash prize with live project

Published on 6 July 2015
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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