JMC Academy Animation students win a 3D printer at Hackagong

Talented JMC students and lecturer win coveted award for Most Creative 3D Printing at Hackagong.

Hackagong_Logo.pngThe task at Hackagong was to form a small team mixing designers, programmers, engineers, entrepreneurs, game creators or anybody with an idea or problem to solve, and build a technology driven product or service prototype in 30 hours. 

A game designer, Simone Tropea, had an idea for a table-top wargame vibing on Japanese robots. JMC Academy lecturer Tony Ganner jumped on board to explore 3D printing and pooled a few of his students, Sebastian King & Tom Fisher to join the design team. "As students, it's hard to get a foot in, so we relished the idea of working on a real project with such talented 3D guys", said Fisher of joining the team. 

Over the 30 hours of Hackagong, the team worked tirelessly (some members working all through the night) to create Mecha Chapter, a table-top wargame, similar to Warhammer 40K, where players each have armies of miniature figurines, becoming one of five warring factions of Mechs.

Their hard work paid off, and the team won the award for 'Most Creative 3D Print'. Awarded to the team that "designs and 3D prints the most beautiful, insane, elaborate, elegant, creative, unique object that planet Earth has ever seen", this award is the height of achievement and we couldn't be more proud of these guys. The gong was accompanied an appropriately exceptional prize - an Me2 3D printer, which the gorup plans to use to continue the development of their game. 

When asked about the highlight of the weekend, Fisher says it was getting access to so many 3D printers at once. "The technology is just unbelievable, also expensive, so that kind of experience with it was great."

Check out this video showing the Mecha Chapter in progress!