Arup Explores Prototyping featured

Arup Explores Prototyping

Systems & Tools 09 August 2012 | 10.00am

We are currently holding a series of events called ‘Arup Explores’. These events aim to explore trends and technologies that may impact on our future. The series began in March, in London with Foresight + Innovation’s ’Arup Explores Prototyping’ and the theme was given another perspective in Melbourne in June at RMIT University’s brand new Advanced Manufacturing Precinct (AMP). AMP is an inspirational, cutting-edge facility which brings together fabrication, design and education in one area. Melbourne’s Arup Explores Prototyping was essentially a dialogue between experts, pioneers and professionals interested in this fast developing field.

The reason we are so interested in prototyping is that we are currently undergoing a historic shift in how things are made, and how they are built. It’s not that mass production or building as we know it is simply disappearing, something else is growing up alongside it, on top of it, creeping up behind it, and promising to make serious change happen on a large scale. Arup helps to create prototypes – unique design outputs – in buildings, infrastructure, and master planning projects, all over the world. We are interested in exploring how prototyping is changing.

As we make our way into this evolving future, exotic frontiers of experimentation are appearing, with strange new language to go with it: fab, reprap, rapid prototyping, 3D printing. These words are the sounds of a new era in how things come to be made.

Speakers included:
- Milan Brandt, Professor of Advanced Manufacturing in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, RMIT University (Melbourne)
- David ten Have, CEO of Ponoko (Wellington), the world’s most advanced platform for the mass creation of custom goods.
- Jerome Frumar, Partner at MESNE (Melbourne), a diversely experienced applied researcher in additive fabrication for jewellery, industrial design, and architecture
- James Gardiner, Lead of Design and Innovation in the Engineering Excellence Group at Laing O’Rourke (Sydney)

The presentations were followed by a panel discussion and Q&A moderated by Dr Martin Leary, leader of the Applied Optimisation Group at RMIT.

Other events in Foresight + Innovation’s ‘Arup Explores…’ series are now being planned.