In­ven­tion to test mar­ket

Teen launches new fenc­ing tech­nol­ogy

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page -

Mata­mata teenager Patrick Roskam has seen his vi­sion turn into re­al­ity as the first batch of his ac­claimed farm in­ven­tion rolled off the pro­duc­tion line last week.

The 13-year-old – along with his mum An­gela, brother Ed­ward, 11, and sis­ter Vic­to­ria, 5 – is spend­ing the school hol­i­days as­sem­bling the first 500-edi­tion run of his in­ven­tion, the Gud­geon Pro 5 in 1.

The fenc­ing tool, which is used to quickly and ac­cu­rately hang gates, was orig­i­nally con­ceived as a sci­ence-fair project, but wowed judges – and Sir Wil­liam Gal­lagher – when the young in­ven­tor pitched it at last year’s Fiel­d­ays In­no­va­tion Den.

Now, less than a year af­ter his Fiel­d­ays suc­cess, the young in­ven­tor is putting the fi­nal touches on the new and im­proved farm tool.

Patrick said the new model was wider, and had a spirit level on top and a tape mea­sure run­ning down the side. It also had ad­justable bushes to al­low for dif­fer­ent-spaced gate hinges.

‘‘I had my old pro­to­type, which wasn’t ad­justable, but the feed­back was it had to be ad­justable to fit dif­fer­ent gates,’’ he said. The tool works as a drill guide, mark­ing out pre­cise mea­sure­ments for plac­ing gud­geons – sock­ets at­tached to fen­ce­posts to hang gates – with­out us­ing a mea­sur­ing tape.

The in­ven­tion can also be used as a lev­eller, has five and seven wire mark­ings for plac­ing wires, and is bat­ten height, so can be used as a mea­sure for post-ram­ming.

Mum An­gela said Patrick had been in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment of the project from start to fin­ish, and did much of the en­gi­neer­ing work on the first run of 500.

‘‘Patrick went from start to fin­ish in the fac­tory. He op­er­ated the CNC ma­chine, did the cut­ting, and pow­der­coated it him­self – he did all the steps.’’

The prod­uct will be launched later this year at Fiel­d­ays, where Patrick will be hop­ing to re­coup some of the hefty loan he has taken to fund pro­duc­tion.

Af­ter that, Patrick said he would test the prod­uct over­seas.

Get­ting the hang of it: Mata­mata in­ven­tor Patrick Roskam, 13, left, works with brother Ed­ward, 11, mum An­gela, and sis­ter Vic­to­ria, 5, on the pro­duc­tion line of his fenc­ing tool.

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