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Designing our Composite Futures

Angelina Russo

Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

Sydney , NSW

Designing our Composite Futures

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This session brings together speakers to discuss the design of our composite futures. Together they will explore the design potential of High Performance Composites (HPC) in products for ageing, sporting, health and disabled.

It is inevitable that HPC will increasingly overtake traditional materials in design. High performance sports already use them in both able and disabled events and the product cascade effect ensures other areas will follow suit. There is a powerful aesthetic precedent in Formula 1 where HPCs have led the demand for the appearance of, (if not always the actuality) HPC in  the domestic motor industry. A paradigm shift in manufacturing is on our doorstep and design practice and education must be prepared for this new challenge. 
What does this mean for our design futures?
The Industrial Design research team at the University of Canberra has recently completed projects in collaboration with the AIS and the Olympic Winter Institute, highlighting the use and application of HPC to the design of sporting equipment used by athletes in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, in particular in the Skeleton and Bordercross events.

Drawing on these experiences, this session explores the challenges associated with designing our composite futures. Our speakers will showcase works to date and reflect on the potential of HPC to deliver high-quality, future products which exploring the knowledge and skills which designers will require to meet the changing needs of Australia’s industries.

This session will be of interest to those committed to the future of Australian design and manufacturing.

Chair: Dr Stephen Trathen, Industrial Design, University of Canberra
Speakers:
David Grainger : Bang Design
Geoff Germon : Talon Technology
Tibor Fekete: XTEK high performance composites

Rowing shoe and foot stretcher: David Pidcock: University of CanberraSurf board fins: TALON industriesSingle sit ski for Paralympics: Bill Shelly:University of Canberra‘DEFT’ downhill racing mountain bike frame: Christian Tucker: University of Canberra

Have questions about Designing our Composite Futures? Contact Angelina Russo

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Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray St,
Sydney , NSW 2000
Australia

Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)


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Angelina Russo

The Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra

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