KBU University College Uses Modern Technology to Enhance Teaching Experience

Additive manufacturing or 3D printing as known to many is slowly gaining popularity in the field of academia. More and

3D Printer at KBU International College
3D Printer at KBU International College

more academicians are using the 3D printing to teach students with design-related subjects.

As such, KBU International College which strives to offer up-to-date learning experience to the students is proud to hold its position as one of the first educational institutions in Malaysia to introduce such sophisticated technology.

School of Design Head Siow Yin Yoong, said: “With 3D printer, students are given the opportunity to generate three-dimensional models for their studies or assignments. This ability to convert designs into products will definitely enhance students’ understanding and makes it easy for them to grasp the essence of teaching”.

“Other than that, it also allows students to come up with three-dimensional models that do not need any machining or tooling. The models can be built layer by layer until the desired shape is achieved; which is more convenient and safer as compared to the traditional way”.

She said that the printer allows computer 3D models to be sliced into layers and the software directs the pattern as it builds the parts from the bottom up.

“The products can be designed in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software or 3D scanners that are used to create designs from

Some of the intricate artwork from the 3D Printer at KBU International College
Some of the intricate artwork from the 3D Printer at KBU International College

existing objects,” added Siow.

The 3D printer is primarily used in teaching students who are undertaking programmes such as BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design (3+0) and BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design (3+0), BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Diploma in Interactive Design which are being offered in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University of UK.

“Students can benefit from the 3D printer while working on projects such as prototyping a product shape, packaging, character design models or for stationery and premium printouts,” she said.

The School which often incorporates competition briefs into the syllabus and teaching is also a strong advocate of producing industry-ready graduates through collaborations with industry players.

“The School has worked together with professional bodies such as the wREGA Malaysia and Tulis Fikir Sdn Bhd to keep abreast with the constant changes and demands of the industry. It allows us to tune the teaching to be up to par with the industry,” Siow added.

KBU’s School of Design cultivates top and award-winning designers through its industry-based teaching and learning. The

students are constantly exposed to live briefs through competitions such as MIID Students Saturday Competition, Packaging Design Project, BROS collaborative project and Ralph Lauren’s The Big Pony Collection.

Besides that, the school is equipped with everything a design student needs. The facilities include spacious studio, advanced computer hardware and software, 2D & 3D printing studios, 3D workshops and a range of other equipments.

In the recent years, KBU design students bagged numerous awards including MIID Reka Awards, Asia Pacific Space Designer Awards,Philips Lightover Challenge, International Design Award, Samsung Wonderland Media Award and MIFF Furniture Design Competition.

It is worth mentioning that in 2012, the School swept clean all the awards under the Nippon Paint Young Designer Competition for the Interior Architecture category. 

The School also offers Foundation in Art & Design, Diploma in Interactive Design, Diploma in Interior Design, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design and BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design.

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