3D printed part helps keep CQUni's Hospitality team cooking

Published:09 November 2018

CQUni Engineering Lab Instructor/Supervisor Simon Cumming and Hospitality Chef Teacher Adrian Newby worked together to replace a broken ice-cream machine blade using 3D printing technology.

A collaboration between CQUniversity’s Engineering and Hospitality teachers using 3D printing technology has helped get one of Willby’s Training Restaurant’s valuable teaching tools working again, at little to no cost.

When one of the plastic blades in Willby’s ice-cream making machine broke during a residential school class, Chef Teacher Adrian Newby discovered that a replacement would cost hundreds of dollars.

“I’d heard that the university’s engineering staff had 3D printers and had printed virus models for microbiology classes so I gave them a call to see if they could help,” he said.

Lab Supervisor/Instructor Simon Cumming rose to the challenge, even though he had three pieces of broken plastic and no template to work from.

By combining seven years of printing experience, 3D Drafting skills with Autodesk’s Fusion 360 and Tiertime’s UPBOX 3D printer, Simon replicated the parts quickly and successfully.

Adrian said the synergy between the departments solved the problem and saved money.

And the cost of the new 3D printed blade? Just 14 cents.