BA (Hons) 3D Design news highlights

3D graduate unveils $0.01 syringe that could save one million lives a year

Award-winning inventor and 3D graduate, Oliver Blackwell, designed a simple addition to the needles used for collecting blood, which would substantially reduce the risks for healthcare professionals by preventing the need to self-sheathe the needles. The technology would cost as little as $0.01 for each device, making it inexpensive for manufacturers and health authorities around the world.

Oliver has earned numerous accolades for his previous designs. He won the Daily Mail Designer of the Year Award in 2009 and was one of ten people shortlisted for a British Airways Great Britons award in 2010. In recent years, his main focus has been on products designed to revolutionise the health sector, with his creations including a pain-free needle and urine diagnostic technology. At the same time as unveiling his new design, Oliver has also launched a company - Limbic - focused on providing innovative solutions for the medical industry.

Mark Buckley triumphs in the B&Q Young British Designer of the Year Competition

3D Design student, Mark Buckley could see his product design put in to production thanks to a campaign by retailer B&Q to support British design talent. The competition was looking for innovation in three categories; lighting, textiles and sustainable creations that are fit for purpose in a circular economy.

Mark was tasked with creating a product for the garden that was made out of components that could be used again when the product reaches the end of its life, this is called ‘closed loop’ design. Mark illustrated how an innovative, compact garden shredder which could potentially be rented out to customers could be the future of gardening. 

Mark Buckley, who was crowned joint winner said: "I am really thrilled to have my product chosen and recognised as an innovative design for B&Q. By leasing, not selling, customers can have access to tools to make them more equipped for home improvement and B&Q can have better customer relationships and find long term business resilience.”

3D Printers installed

A Ceramics Printer has been added to our digital making facilities, which include two student-run 3D Printers, CNC machines and laser cutters. Digital ceramicist Jonathan Keep helped to kick start the installation and gave a talk to our students on digital ceramics as part of the Crafts Council's Hothouse programme for emerging makers. Jonathan’s work includes 'Morphologies' and 'Sound Shapes' - vessels modified by sound.

​Student’s design lights the way for Boston Marathon relay

A design student’s eye-catching creation made its way across America at the head of the One Run for Boston relay in support of those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. Lighting the way throughout the 3,300-mile non-stop event was a striking baton designed by Plymouth University 3D Product Design student Jon Parlby, who specialises in designing products which promote and help people to maintain an active lifestyle.

Arts Degree Show

The annual Arts Degree Show is a huge event incorporating the work of every final stage design student. It is the culmination of three challenging years and a great opportunity for students to show their work off to friends, family, fellow students, prospective employers and the general public.