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The first Materialise 3D Printing Challenge in Malaysia has concluded successfully, marking a significant milestone in the realm of additive manufacturing within the country. This event showcased innovative designs and solutions from participants, reflecting the high level of creativity and dedication present in the Malaysian academic and industrial sectors.  

The victorious teams were from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, University of Southampton Malaysia, and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) for the exceptional designs in the robotic end-of-arm gripper challenge. The innovative solutions that being presented by the winning teams demonstrated the potential of 3D printing technology in developing advanced robotic components.  

The challenge saw enthusiastic participation from numerous students, who were guided by their lecturers and mentors. The engagement of trade visitors added to the event’s vibrancy, providing a dynamic platform for knowledge exchange and networking.  

The competition was evaluated by a panel of distinguished judges from various industry sectors, including – Sara Lee Kit Yee from IEM, Syed Ahmad Faiz Syed Kamarulzaman from Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre, Bruce Mui from Malaysia Additive Manufacturing Association, Wan Mohd Safwan Wan Ariff from Malaysia Automotive, Robotics, and IoT Institute (MARii), and Mahadi from Materialise Malaysia. The event’s success was greatly supported by IME Group of Companies, Selangor Human resource Development Centre (SHRDC), Cybernet Systems Malaysia Sdn Bhd, and RF Station.  

The University of Southampton Malaysia’s team comprising Lim Chi Tung James (MEng Aero & Astro), Loo Kai Qian (MEng Mech), and Lee Ya Wen (MEng Mech). Under the guidance of Associate Professor Dr Wong Kok Hoe, the team secured an outstanding second place with their innovative compliant iris mechanism design for a robotic arm and effector (Gripper). This design, capable of adapting to various objects through the elastic deformation properties of plastic, stood out for its ingenuity and practical application, successfully completing three out of four challenges.  

The Materialise 3D Printing Challenge has not only highlighted the current capabilities of 3D printing technology in Malaysia but also set the stage for future innovations. The young talents showcased in this competition are poised to drive the future of additive manufacturing, bridging the gap between cutting-edge technology and industry applications.  

The inaugural Materialise 3D Printing Challenge has been a phenomenal success, thanks to the collective efforts of participants, judges, collaborators, and organisers. This event has underscored the potential of additive manufacturing in Malaysia, and we look forward to witnessing continued innovation and excellence in this field. Congratulations once again to all the winners and participants.