Mr. XU Tianlu, a year-2 student studying in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, won the Second Place at the 2018 Asia Pacific Mechanics Contest for College Students organized by the Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Republic of China and held at the National Cheng Kung University during 14-16 August 2018.

This year, the competition task was to design a lightweight beam with excellent mechanical performance and produce it using 3D printing. About 39 students from 11 universities in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore participated the final competition. The winners were selected based on criteria including design innovation, design methodology, 3D printing technology, presentation skills, as well as the mechanical performance of the beam exhibited during the test.

“This was the first time that our PolyU ME sent a team to this contest. I am so pleased and proud that Tianlu won the Second Place Award. I have confidence that we will perform even better in the next year’s contest,” Dr. Haimin YAO said, who is the team coach and programme leader of ME programme.