Stu­dent awarded in­tern­ship with MX3D

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

build a bridge over a canal in Europe might sound like a scene from a sci­ence fic­tion story, but it will soon be re­al­ity for one young ar­chi­tec­tural grad­u­ate from the Univer­sity of Auck­land.

Casey Hem­ing­way, who has a Bach­e­lor of Ar­chi­tec­tural Stud­ies from the School of Ar­chi­tec­ture & Plan­ning at the Univer­sity, has been awarded a cov­eted paid in­tern­ship to join MX3D in Am­s­ter­dam, a world-lead­ing ro­botic 3D print­ing tech­nol­ogy com­pany.

Hem­ing­way joined the team at MX3D last month to be­gin build­ing a pedes­trian bridge us­ing unique 3D-print­ing tech­nol­ogy com­monly known as wire and arc ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing ( WAAM). Renowned for its in­cred­i­ble ac­cu­racy, speed, and lack of waste, WAAM has pre­vi­ously been re­served for the pre­ci­sion pro­duc­tion of aero­space com­po­nents.

While com­plet­ing his de­gree at the Univer­sity of Auck­land Hem­ing­way worked on ro­bot­ics in Dr Der­mott McMeel’s dig­i­tal de­sign re­search group which in­ves­ti­gates emerg­ing technologies. Hem­ing­way’s team made use of a ro­botic arm to draw por­traits of peo­ple.

Dur­ing his in­tern­ship Hem­ing­way will have a prob­lem-solv­ing role re­gard­ing the bridge’s construction, trou­bleshoot­ing any un­ex­pected is­sues with the ro­bots, from weld­ing to cod­ing.

Hem­ing­way ad­mits that, at this early point in his ca­reer, it is his dream job. “As my de­gree pro­gressed, my work be­came more con­cerned with the emerg­ing dig­i­tal as­pects of ar­chi­tec­ture. To have the op­por­tu­nity to work with MX3D on this rev­o­lu­tion­ary project is very ex­cit­ing,” he says.

When his in­tern­ship ends, Hem­ing­way plans to pur­sue post­grad­u­ate study in the field of com­pu­ta­tional de­sign, a pro­fes­sion emerg­ing from the in­ter­sec­tion of ar­chi­tec­ture, com­puter sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing.

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