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DIT students in finals of ?Design Innovation in Plastics 2016?

Posted: 8 June, 2016

Two DIT students of Product Design are among seven finalists in the prestigious Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) competition for 2016.

Karl Martin (left) and Ciarán Brennan (right), finalists in this year’s Design Innovation in Plastics competition

The purpose of the competition, which was first introduced in 1985, is to promote innovative design and to raise awareness of high-tech plastics.  Design students are invited to come up with commercially viable solutions to a real problem.

Ciarán Brennan and Karl Martin, both third year students in DIT, took up the challenge in this year’s competition to come up with a product which would improve animal wellbeing. Ciarán Brennan designed Unicomb, an all in one animal grooming product.  Karl Martin’s design, Petect, is an outdoor dog feeder which is designed to prevent lungworm.

Almost every competition entry addressed a different problem involving a very broad range of animals, from horses, cats and dogs to reptiles, chickens, hedgehogs and even fish.  At the end of May seven designs were shortlisted for the final judging stage.  Following presentations by all the finalists, the judges are now deliberating on their choices, and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 01 July.

Speaking after the announcement, Ciarán Brennan said he was excited about the opportunities that can come from the competition.  “I was delighted to be shortlisted.  It’s great to be part of an international competition and have your work merited at an internvational level and I enjoyed presenting my design.”   Classmate Karl Martin added, “I felt honored to be selected, alongside my class mate, as one of the top seven entrants for the 2016 DIP competition.  The competition is tough, but I'm always up for a challenge!"

John Brennan, lecturer and mentor on the Product Design programme in DIT, was also delighted. “The Product Design team here in DIT have submitted entries for the Design Innovatin in Plastics competition since 2009 and we have had success with finalists in the last two years.  This year we are really delighted that two of our students are representing DIT in the final.  The competition sets a high standard for students to attain each year, and we look forward to our students doing well this year and in the future.”

The DIP competition has been coordinated since 2001 by the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and the Worshipful Company of Horners.  The winner receives a cash prize of £1,000 and the opportunity to spend a week with headline industry sponsor Covestro at its headquarters in Germany. Additionally, the winner will be offered a work placement at PriestmanGoode, a leading global design agency, while all of the finalists win industrial placements with other competition sponsors.

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