Last updated June 19, 2018 at 2:54 pm
All over the country, talented professionals and enthusiastic amateurs are working busily from their studios, backyards and kitchen tables to create brilliant new innovations.
We want to share their stories with you.
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Mel Fuller had been working for an advertising company when she realised that her job wasn’t for her. She wanted to do something that would help people; to change the world. So, like many others who’ve had this thought, she bought a 3D printer. She didn’t know how to use it. She didn’t know how it worked. She had no choice but to teach herself. Now, Mel is using these skills to improve the lives of other people while she revolutionises the orthotics industry. AbilityMate uses the latest 3D printing technology to change lives.
Solange Cunin is shooting for the stars. At twenty-four years old, she is reshaping classrooms around Australia, through innovative project based STEM learning, which supports students to send their own experiments out to space.
When Jeff started tinkering with that first board he was trying to challenge himself and make something cool. He didn’t expect to end up as the director of his own international company. He didn’t start with high end machinery or fancy computer modelling either, his first prototype consisted of a cardboard cut-out and a baked bean can…
Gary’s first vat of wine wasn’t a success; in fact, he failed so badly that the wine was undrinkable. It was contaminated with a bacteria which converted the wine into vinegar, leaving behind a slimy, sludgy material. Gary looked a little closer and found that the material was very similar in structure to cellulose. Cellulose is the component that gives cotton its structure, so Gary started researching whether the slimy substance could be used in the place of water-hungry materials, like cotton.
Sixteen year old CEO Taj Pabari and the Fiftysix Creations team want to turn children from consumers into creators.
Taj had a simple dream as a young kid: to change the world! Actually. He even googled it.
At the ripe old age of thirteen, Taj set about making a device that could inspire young children to not just use computers and tablets, but to learn how they actually worked. Through lots of designing, making and refining Taj created the Fiftysix tablet.
What would you do if you had a sick dog but you lived 700 km from the nearest vet? Or your 500 kg horse is injured but you have no car? Maybe you don’t want to take your vomiting cat on the inner city train? One vet realised not everyone can easily get their pets the care they need and came up with the world’s first virtual veterinary clinic.
Alex Goad is a young Australian industrial designer who followed his passion to create MARS – a Modular Artificial Reef Structure.
Mick Spencer left university and created his business ONTHEGO Sports from his parents’ garage. He went from having $150 in the bank to becoming a successful entrepreneur in four weeks. Find out more about Mick’s story and discover more stories of Enterprising Australians on our website.
Erica Hediger builds BattleBots out of scrap metal and helps others gain the design and technology skills they need to get the job done. But she hasn’t always been such a prototyping whiz…
Will Tamblyn and Gavin Smith are mates. When they hang out, they make things. It’s what they do.
A few years ago, they challenged themselves to create a 3D holographic projector, a piece of tech that only existed in science fiction.
They set about building a prototype using an unlikely collection of items: grandad’s lawn mower, an electric drill, gaffer tape, laser pointers, old projectors, a kettle and a sweet potato. Before long they’d managed to make a small cube of light float in mid-air. They’d created their first voxel (think pixel with volume). Now they needed to make more.
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