In­ven­tor wins contest by a nose

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - 3D TECHNOLOGY -

Us­ing 3D tech­nol­ogy to print off a new nose has won a Wellington in­ven­tor the top prize in the New Zealand leg of the four­teenth an­nual James Dyson Award, a global prod­uct de­sign com­pe­ti­tion to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of de­sign en­gi­neers.

Zach Chal­lies cre­ated a shock ab­sorb­ing base for pros­thetic noses, after he learned peo­ple who had to wear pros­thet­ics faced a sec­ond trauma – hav­ing their pros­thetic ac­ci­den­tally knocked off when play­ing sports or be­ing jos­tled in busy spa­ces.

The 24-year-old Vic­to­ria Univer­sity School of De­sign masters stu­dent says cur­rent re­place­ments can cost more than $1000 and can take a while to be made.

His so­lu­tion was a dy­namic, shock-ab­sorb­ing scaffold fit­ted un­der the nose-shaped fa­cade to an­chor it against ac­ci­den­tal move­ment. The base con­nects to three im­plants in the wearer’s skull via mag­nets. It can be printed for less than $ 50.

A sec­ond com­po­nent of the de­sign en­ables the wearer to play sports. Be­neath an in­ex­pen­sive, re­al­is­tic fa­cade, the wearer would use a f lat, shock ab­sorb­ing guard that pro­vides more pro­tec­tion while still al­low­ing good air-f low. To­gether with the fa­cade, it would cost less than $100 and take about two hours to make on a 3D printer.

The in­ter­na­tional win­ner will be an­nounced on 6 Novem­ber 2014. En­tries can be viewed on www. james­dyson­award.org

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