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Folding scooter and a guitar stand scoop aluminium awards

Aluminium Federation (ALFED) : 21 May, 2014  (Company News)
A scooter that folds into a square the size of a piece of A4 paper and a guitar stand which incorporates an amplifier have scooped the top prizes in a national aluminium design competition. The two concepts were created by students at London South Bank University in ALFED’s Power of Aluminium Awards.
The scooter was the brainchild of George Mabey, who is studying Engineering Product Design at London South Bank University. George, aged 22, of Camberwell, clinched first prize with a trophy and £1000. Runner-up was Product Design student Benjamin Hunt, with his ‘busking stand’ guitar amp.
Both products exploit aluminium extrusions – solid aluminium that has been heated to a high temperature and pushed through a precision die. The scooter works by linking extruded parts of aluminium with a tensioning cable which, when tightened, pulls the sections together in a rigid structure that can support the weight of an adult.
The guitar stand, meanwhile, works on ergonomic design principles providing guitarists with an amplifier that is said to be “ideal for both hobbyists and professionals.” It can be carried by hand and offers its user an opportunity to perform to small audiences or play with high sound quality outside of the studio setting.
Mabey, originally from Bitterne in Southampton, said: “I was amazed at winning such a brilliant competition which I was proud to take part in as part of my final project here at London South Bank University. Having my work acknowledged at the awards ceremony and recognised by the industry is the icing on the cake and a great way to finish my time at University.”
Hunt, 19, from Raynes Park, London, turned his love of the guitar into the university project, and came runner-up with the innovative guitar stand amp. He said: “I’m overwhelmed at my win and having my design acknowledged by ALFED. I’ve never won a competition like that and the really great feedback I’ve received confirms that product design is the right career choice for me. It was great getting to meet so many people in the industry at the awards ceremony, getting my name known and ultimately a brilliant way to top off my first year at University.”  
Simon MacVicker, President of ALFED, said: “This year’s awards have really demonstrated the immense talent that exists out there amongst our young people, who in many cases are working close to professional design standards – the creativity is outstanding. To see this level of quality and interest in the aluminium sector amongst the next generation makes me confident that the industry has a great future ahead of it. At ALFED, we’re keen to engage young people and educational establishments to develop an interest in engineering with this versatile material that provides so many engineering and sustainability solutions for the modern world. Congratulations to London South Bank University for producing such excellent students.”
Robin Jones, Principal Lecturer in the Department of Engineering and Design at London South Bank University said: “We are delighted that our students have won such prestigious awards in this national aluminium extrusion design competition. George is a fourth year BSc EPD student who spent last year on industrial placement. His folding A4 scooter design has now been patented and he is working on a fully-functioning prototype for exhibition in June.  Ben is a first year BSc PD student and his guitar stand with integrated amplifier is an innovative concept aimed at a specific market segment.
“Both projects display the high professional design standards which are be expected by prospective employers. Here at LSBU we’re immensely proud that our students have such incredible talent and will undoubtedly have a great future in design ahead of them.”
There were also three highly commended awards handed to Nottingham Trent University students – Laura Clement Olmeda (Foil Collection, folding leisure furniture), Hugo Cordeiro (Desk Concepts, office desks using aluminium extrusions to join other materials), Ariadna Roca Pujadas (Urban Accessibility Ramp, a retractable ramp which provides disabled access to stepped areas).
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