Winners in Hack-a-thon

From left: Teoh, Lum, Eric, Chai, and Jannex with their prize

A team from the Department of Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering of the Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science made UTAR proud by winning in the Hack-a-thon competition organised by Materialise Sdn Bhd.

The team comprised of two lecturers, Teoh Boon Yew and team supervisor, Chai Tong Yuen and three students, Lum Boon Wai, Eric Chua Shi Khang and Jannex Heng Chun Kit. The team won in the track of Innovative use of 3D Printing Technologies with their project titled Biological Scaffold Printing using 3D Print and collected a cash prize of RM 3,000 with certificates.

The purpose of the event was to showcase the participants' skill in 3D design and Software Programming, besides learning 3D printing design for software engineering. Throughout the 24-hour event, participants learnt about 3D print Cloud Application Program Interface (API), 3D printers, Computer-aided design (CAD) software and the impact of 3D printing in our daily lives. Hack-a-thon hoped that from this exposure, 3D printing would no longer be considered as an alien technology as it can contribute to a better and healthier world.

There were 40 participants from various universities such as UTAR, Multimedia University, University Malaya, and University of Nottingham in this competition. The event was held from 20 to 21 February 2016 at Materialise Sdn Bhd headquarters in Petaling Jaya. The Hack-a-thon event was organised by Materialise, sponsored by Designex3D Sdn Bhd, and endorsed by the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).

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