World renowned 3D print­ing re­searcher comes home

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MULTI-AWARD-WIN­NING PRODUCT de­sign developer and en­gi­neer­ing re­searcher Pro­fes­sor Olaf Diegel will join the Univer­sity of Auck­land’s Fac­ulty of En­gi­neer­ing in early 2019, its third ap­pointee un­der the Govern­ment’s En­tre­pre­neur­ial Uni­ver­si­ties pro­gramme.

Die­gal is a New Zealander re­turn­ing to take up a new role as head of the Cre­ative De­sign and Ad­di­tive Man­u­fac­tur­ing Lab­o­ra­tory (the Lab) which aims to sig­nif­i­cantly change the way Ad­di­tive Man­u­fac­tur­ing (AM) is im­ple­mented in in­dus­try.

AM uses a layer upon layer process rather than the con­ven­tional man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses which sub­tract ma­te­rial to carve out the fin­ished product. Be­cause of this, AM can pro­duce parts that are in­fin­itely more com­plex than is pos­si­ble with con­ven­tional man­u­fac­tur­ing and, if de­signed for, can be both cost ef­fec­tive while adding tremen­dous value to prod­ucts by make them lighter, more ef­fi­cient, cus­tomised, or adding to their func­tion­al­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity. It has had an im­pact in a num­ber of in­dus­tries in­clud­ing aero­space, au­to­mo­tive, med­i­cal, fash­ion and has had some ap­pli­ca­tion in con­struc­tion.

Pro­fes­sor Diegel has been lead­ing the product de­vel­op­ment de­part­ment and AM lab (the third he has founded) at Lund Univer­sity in Swe­den since leav­ing New Zealand in 2014. Dur­ing his ca­reer he has de­vel­oped over 100 new prod­ucts for com­pa­nies in New Zealand and world­wide in­clud­ing sev­eral home health mon­i­tor­ing prod­ucts, se­cu­rity and ma­rine prod­ucts and light­ing prod­ucts.

These in­clude the Spen­gler SCVL car­dio­vas­cu­lar lab, a mon­i­tor­ing tech­nol­ogy that gives a com­pre­hen­sive picture of a user’s car­dio­vas­cu­lar health. It mea­sures not only blood pres­sure but also pulse pres­sure, mean ar­te­rial pres­sure and car­diac out­put through a de­vice at­tached on the up­per arm and an­other at­tached to the an­kle. The tech­nol­ogy rep­re­sents a par­a­digm shift in the de­tec­tion of car­dio­vas­cu­lar con­di­tions.

He has also helped to de­velop Sele­con’s Pa­cific range of theatre spot­lights which pro­duce a cooler, whiter beam of light as well as a num­ber of so­phis­ti­cated mod­u­lar dim­ming sys­tems for NZ com­pany Theatre­light.

Pro­fes­sor Diegel be­lieves that AM en­ables cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion, al­low­ing de­sign­ers and in­ven­tors to im­me­di­ately test their ideas to see if they work. This pas­sion and cre­ativ­ity has flowed through to his own start-up, ODD Gui­tars, where Olaf pro­duces 3D printed gui­tars and basses.

He has re­ceived over 20 pres­ti­gious product de­vel­op­ment and re­search awards and is a prin­ci­pal co-author of the “Wohlers re­port” (Ad­di­tive Man­u­fac­tur­ing State of the In­dus­try, An­nual World­wide Progress Re­port).

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