We have a cracking edition of DEMM for you this month with plenty of local stories reflecting some excellent work by Kiwi-owned firms. Among them is Medical Plastics, an Auckland-based commercial R&D company. It has played a big part in helping to design, develop, and manufacture a simple, but effective, gadget that helps take the pain out of using crutches. The firm’s first customer was Olympic champion Valerie Adams, who gave the shock absorber – that can be retrofitted to crutches – the thumbs up. In our Maintenance Matters’ section we speak with Jun Lanada about how he keeps everything running sweet at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare. It’s a big operation involving some quite complex machinery – but he says no matter how big or small the company, preventative maintenance always comes down to sticking to the basics and the ‘five whys’ of machine failure. To ask five ‘why’ questions in succession. In our increasingly popular 3D section we look at how one university has 3D printed an aeroplane, and how local firm – 3D Solutions – helped a customer by scanning an obsolete machine part using a 3D scanner so a replacement part could be made using a 3D printer. All up it’s another interesting edition, and as always, your feedback is welcome.