Designing with Carbon Fibre: An introduction to Industrial Design

Course summary

DatesCourse closed
Duration3 Days
Delivery Online


This course will introduce a basic knowledge of high-performance composite materials, process and design skills. Students will also learn how to use the design process to apply these skills to a real-world design challenge, the design of a carbon fibre gripper for a plastic waste-sorting robot arm.

The aim for the gripper is to allow the University of Canberra’s workshop7 own robot arm to sort waste for use in a large-scale 3D printer. Carbon fibre has been selected as the appropriate materials due to its strength to weight ratio, making it a perfect choice for robot arm components. Students will need to design the gripper to achieve the following.

  • Consist of two carbon fibre “fingers” attached to the grippers “hand”.
  • Able to withstand reasonable damage from an assembly line conveyor belt.
  • Successfully pick up the 3 common shapes of plastic waste, including;
    • Cylindrical forms (Bottles)
    • Rectangular forms (boxes)
    • Spherical forms (round objects).


  • Gain an understanding of the design process and its application
  • Acquire some basic techniques for generation design ideas and concepts
  • Obtain an introduction in designing a composite product
  • Increase awareness of Industrial Design and opportunities for employment

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Open: Now Open
Close: 23rd September 2020


This course is open to all interested year 11 and year 12 students


28th September, 1st & 2nd October



Course Information

Course requirements

  • Participants are expected to have an internet connection and a computer/laptop.
  • The course will be conducted via Zoom
  • A3 drawing pad 60gsm (semi-transparent) or A3 Bleedproof Pad 70gsm
  • B2 pencil, good quality dark blue colour pencil (brand such as- Staedtler, Derwent, Cumberland or equivalent), 300mm ruler, pencil eraser.

Start time

10:30am -12:30pm & 1:30pm - 4:30pm each day

Course duration

15 hours over 3 days

Delivery modes

Online only


Certificate of Participation awarded on completion

Meet your Presenter

Eddi Pianca
Discipline Lead Industrial Design

Eddi Pianca is an Assistant Professor at the University of Canberra. As Industrial Design discipline lead, he lectures in Industrial Design, supervisors postgraduate students and conducts research.

He has particular interest in high level CADD/CAM, 3D Printing, High Performance Composites, advances in design technology and the blending of design with engineering and human perception.

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Course CodeAward
ARB 201Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)
ARB 202Bachelor of Design (Interaction Design)
ARB 203Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design)

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