Swan song of the show

Wanneroo Times - - News -

ECU stu­dents have de­signed and built a one-tonne black swan made en­tirely out of food cans.

The cre­ation won the CANstruc­tion Perth 2018 com­pe­ti­tion, which chal­lenges teams to build gi­ant struc­tures from cans of food that are then do­nated to char­ity.

Mea­sur­ing 2m tall, the black swan took six hours to build us­ing 2400 cans of soup, spaghetti, beans, tuna, fruit and veg­eta­bles.

Team leader and Bach­e­lor of En­gi­neer­ing stu­dent Minura Perera said the neck of the swan was the most chal­leng­ing part of the de­sign.

“Be­cause the cans could not be dam­aged in any way so they could be do­nated, we couldn’t use any glue, bolts or weld­ing,” he said.

“This made the neck of the swan very chal­leng­ing as it was not sup­ported by any­thing un­der­neath.

“We solved this by de­sign­ing a multi-level can­tilever made out of steel wiring and MDF board.”

The CANstruc­tion Perth 2018 com­pe­ti­tion was held by En­gi­neers Aus­tralia as part of the Perth Science Fes­ti­val.

ECU’s black swan won the CANstruc­tion Perth 2018 com­pe­ti­tion.

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