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Preliminary judging session results

The preliminary judging session of the annual student Design Innovation in Plastics competition, organised by the IOM3 and the Worshipful Company of Horners, with Covestro as the headline industry sponsor, has just been held in a state-of-the-art Teaching Laboratory at Queen Mary University of London. The School of Engineering and Materials Research proved to be a very suitable location.

Design students throughout the UK were set a brief to create an innovative product, mainly in plastics, that addresses the wellbeing of the nation’s pets, and entries were received from universities throughout UK and Ireland. This year the judges found the selection of finalists to be much more challenging than expected as almost every entry addressed a different problem involving a very broad range of animals from horses, cats and dogs to reptiles, chickens, hedgehogs and even fish. In the end, the following seven designs, rather than the normal six, were shortlisted for the final judging stage:

  • Unicomb, an ‘all in 1’ grooming product, designed by Ciaran Brennan, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Flex, a quick-release surcingle, designed by Annabel Burton, Nottingham Trent University
  • Twoof Brush Ball, a ball for dogs that combines play with toothbrushing, designed by Paige Hobday, Coventry University
  • Petect, a lungworm preventive outdoor dog feeder, designed by Karl Martin, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Medi-Play medication dispenser, designed by Suraj Soren, Northumbria University
  • Crib Bite cribbing preventer for horses, designed by Eric Tan, Northumbria University
  • PetStep, a ramp for injured, disabled or elderly pets designed by Alex Wyman, Nottingham Trent University 

In addition to a cash prize of £1,000 and a work placement at PriestmanGoode, a leading global design agency specialising in aviation, transport and product design, the winner wins a week with Covestro, in Leverkusen, Germany, to see the company’s manufacturing facilities and talk to the people behind the products. A unique feature of the DIP Award is that every finalist wins an industrial placement.

Sylvia Katz April 2016