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DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - CONTENTS - Steve Hart ed­i­tor@demm.co.nz

All eyes are on Hamil­ton for the first SKF Na­tional Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing con­fer­ence to be held in the city. Hav­ing out­grown Ro­torua, the con­fer­ence has re­lo­cated to much larger premises that of­fer even more ac­com­mo­da­tion to the grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple who at­tend this an­nual event and in­dus­try showcase.

Over three days en­gi­neers from across the coun­try will get to­gether to hear from guest speak­ers, make con­tacts, meet old friends and share their ex­per­tise.

Frankly, it is an event not to be missed, and is cer­tainly one that young en­gi­neers and those who are rel­a­tively new to en­gi­neer­ing in New Zealand should at­tend.

As the event’s of­fi­cial me­dia spon­sor, you can rest as­sured we will have full cov­er­age of the event in the De­cem­ber is­sue and will add show news on­line as it comes to hand.

In this edi­tion we take a look at the en­gi­neer­ing fac­ulty at the Univer­sity of Auck­land (page 14). It has a su­perb work­shop whose staff de­sign and make any­thing the in­sti­tu­tion’s staff and stu­dents might need. It’s a fan­tas­tic in-house re­source.

And an out­stand­ing event took place last month that led to a two-seater car be­ing made with a 3D printer – just amaz­ing (see page 24). Many peo­ple are still say­ing that 3D print­ing has yet to prove its value. But the tech­nol­ogy is mov­ing along at a fast pace with plenty of big com­pa­nies get­ting be­hind it. Even Nasa has one in space, a trial to make tools in or­bit aboard the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion.

Okay, enough chat from me.

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