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Engineering design graduates awarded £20,000 and free business mentoring

Published: Sunday, 28 August 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A team of engineering design graduates from the University of Bristol have been awarded £20,000 and free business mentoring to launch an education product.

The team was on a JISC – the UK higher education, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions – funded scheme which aims to support technology start-up projects.

The team from the University of Bristol beat competition from other university teams to win the funding and the chance to get their manufacturing and learning produced, called OMNI, off the ground.

OMNI is a low cost, multi-function CNC platform that utilises the capability of a range of manufacturing processes including 3D printing, milling, component placement and metrology on a single flexible platform.

Utilising the universities facilities

The group’s idea began as an engineering design project whilst studying – using the university’s Manufacturing Technology Centre – to address the key shortfalls linked to 3D printing, namely limited functionality, low and weak quality parks and slow fabrication speeds.

In response, the students developed a multifunctional 3D printing device that can change tools automatically and incorporate other processes to allow for the production of stronger, more functional parts at greater speed than ordinary printers.

Subsequently, the students realised that their invention could increase student access to previously costly manufacturing machines, allowing them to gain more hands-on experience without the need for technician training.

Long-term ambition

Their long-term ambition is to bring OMNI to schools and universities across the UK to help improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engagement and to inspire the next generation of engineers and inventors.

Over the next six months, the team will be receiving business mentoring from EdTech Futures, experts on educational products, as well as guidance from marketers at The House and support on product delivery from JISC.

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