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Martin McGahan chaired our meeting on 15 May, standing in for Pres Michelle.

We welcomed our guest Matt Castro a teacher at Avondale intermediate.

Circus Quirkus is being held Saturday week – 26 May. With this Rapport is the summary of allocated roles. Revenue is 6% ahead of average.

RYLA, volunteers are required. Speak to Terry Mickelsen if you can help. In particular, drivers are needed to take Newmarket RYLARIANs to the venue at the commencement of RYLA and from when RYLA concludes.

Change over – Change-over is taking place on 26 June at Sorrento, One Tree Hill.

Duty Rosters 

Members please note that if you are unable to undertake your duty please arrange for some-one else to take your place.
Programme 22-May-2018 29-May-2018 5-Jun-2018
Topic Hagar Organisation Royal Akarana Yacht Club  
Speaker Joanne Hand Andrew Short Queens Birthday - no meeting
Introduction Boyne Drummond Mike Allison  
Thanks Glenn Marvin John Meadowcroft  
Rapport Roger Gower Ron Halls  
AV Duty Paul Monk John Hawke  
Cash Desk John Hawke Colin Lucas  
Registration of Visitors   Mark Wells  
Presidents Table Fund Raising PR & Comms  
Host to Visitors John Overall Kuei-Sen Yang  
    Mike Alison  
Attendance Register Bill Strand Eric Turner  
Sunshine Boxes Richard Solomon Bill Bennett  
  Russell Toplis Ian Bond  
Raffle Duty John Burton Dave Birch  

An Update on 3D Printing with Brian McMath

Our speaker on Tuesday was Part President Brian McMath.

Brian gave us a rundown of his involvement in what is now the Product Accelerator at Auckland University.  He referred to past visits from guests such as Olaf Diegel who spoke to us on the subject of 3-D printing.

Brian made the comment that there is lots of hype about 3-D printing and noting that it is more a niche area as, at the moment, high-volume production cannot be achieved.

Brian spoke to the realities of 3-D printing and the opportunities available in New Zealand.

3-D printing is, in fact, a misnomer. The proper term is additive manufacturing but 3-D printing is easier to say and has become the description most used. It would appear the concept is now stuck fast in the consciousness.

3D Printing is in effect additive manufacturing as it involves layering the material being used an creating an item in that manner.  It differs from subtractive manufacturing which involves manufacturing process using removal of material.

There are a number of varieties of 3-D printing:

FTM – final the positive modelling

SLS – selective laser sintering

SLM - selective laser melting

As technologies improve no doubt the varieties of 3D Printing will expand.

Our club has been supplying 3-D printers to schools over the past few years. These have been simple versions, best described as large glue guns.

AUT on the other hand has an up-to-date printer which is capable of printing aluminium, titanium and other metallic items.

Brian commented that the evolution of this type of 3-D printing is absolutely astonishing.  For example in Tauranga Rapid Advanced Manufacturing produced 3-D printed titanium knives for team New Zealand to be used as part of crew safety kits.

Brian also told us that the Aston Martin used in the recent James Bond movie Skyfall was substituted in scenes requiring its destruction by a “stand in” constructed using 3-D printing techniques.

3-D printing is finding its way into the medical scene. In the Wellington School of Design a student created a 3-D printed cast as part of the design project. It may be the case that such casts will be the future of orthopaedic surgery.

Indeed Victoria University staff have developed a prosthetic nose using 3-D printing which is far in advance of what was available.

Massey University has developed for dietary challenged individuals, those with cancer, Gastro issues, the aged and elderly, 3-D food printing so that instead of mush or thin gruel people are provided with food that looks like food, taste like food and makes them feel good about eating it.

Air New Zealand is using 3-D printing for things like drinks trays. This means the stock of spares held by Air New Zealand can be reduced and the cost of holding the inventory can likewise be reduced.

As noted above 3-D printing is good for small runs of goods. Presently it is very slow for low-cost high-volume products. Pre-and post finishing work is still required. The knives mentioned previously still needed to be hardened and made usable using traditional manufacturing techniques. The technique is useful for hundreds to thousands of products not hundreds of thousands of products. Having said that change in this particular sector is so rapid that these comments may be redundant within two or three years.

Brian noted that 3-D technology provides a great opportunity for New Zealand because we are a niche area, market and producer There are opportunities in food printing small high-value niche production runs new materials the effect of the reduction in inventory as replacement parts are manufactured as required and the only inventory required is the raw material used in the components themselves.

As noted Newmarket Rotary Club has been placing 3-D printers and schools. Other clubs are now involved in this program, including Remuera, St Johns, Otahuhu, Waiheke Island, Riccarton, Wellington and Greymouth to name a few. Brian told us that Greymouth Rotary is looking for 10 printers so they can place one in every school on the West Coast.

Interestingly it seems that boys really understand the 3-D printing and how it works. This gives them engagement in the school process when a lot of today’s education techniques seem to disengage them. Maybe there was a reason for woodwork and metalwork classes after all.

Brians address was very enjoyable and further opened our eyes to an exciting area of technology and one in which New Zealand is at the leading edge.

Circus Quirkus Duties
Below are Circus Quirkus duties.
If you unable to complete your role please let Greg Carr know in good time.
Circus Quirkussession 1session 2session 3Task
John Hawkexxx"Major Domo"
Colin Lucas xxParking
Charlie Lucas xxParking
Tom Speed x Lower Auditorium
Scott BurridgexxxFoyer Welcomes
Debbie  Burridgex  Foyer Welcomes
John OverallxxxParking
Neil SwanneyxxxLower Auditorium
John longxxxLower Auditorium
Vinod Dewanx  Sausage sizzle
Alan HaywardxxxRoving
Viv HaywardxxxCandy floss 
David Bradshawxx Foyer Welcomes
Rosie Bradshawxx Foyer Welcomes
Peter CornerxxxFoyer Welcomes
Michelle Smithx  Ring Master
Gary Smithx  Tea & Coffee
John GrahamxxxLower Auditorium
Mark Wellsxx Foyer Welcomes
Mike AllisonxxxSausage sizzle
Bill BennettxxxCashier
James CarmichaelxxxFood Inside
Jennifer CarmichaelxxxPop Corn
Simon Dalton x Foyer Welcomes
Boyne Drummondxx Sausage sizzle
Georgia Hessellxx Sausage sizzle
Ric Buchananxx Sausage sizzle
Adele Buchananxx Volunteer Hospitality
Patrick LearmonthxxxParking
Roger Harvey xxTea & Coffee
Georgie Harvey xxTea & Coffee
Warwick LeylandxxxSausage sizzle
David WeikartxxxSausage sizzle
Jane WeikartxxxVolunteer Hospitality
Martin McGahanxxxupper Auditorium
Ian Bondxx upper Auditorium
Roger Gowerx  Sausage sizzle
Debbie Gower x  Volunteer Hospitality
Paul MonkxxxCashier
Terry MikkelsenxxxLower Auditorium
Alastair MacfarlanexxxLower Auditorium
Jill MacfarlanexxxVolunteer Hospitality
Nathan Saminathanxxxupper Auditorium
Kunaswary SaminathanxxxEFTPOS
Prasath Saminathanxxxupper Auditorium
Brian McMathxxxBBQ
Kay McMathxxxFood Outside
Russell ToplissxxxWheel Chairs Hospo
Bill Strand xxupper Auditorium
Trish Strand xxVolunteer Hospitality
Gwynyth CarrxxxVolunteer Hospitality
Dilworth Boys6  Parking, set up & food selling
Dilworth Boys 10 Parking, set up & food selling
The sessions start at 11am, 2pm & 5pm so you need to be at ASB Showgrounds an hour to an hour & half before
The set up will start at 8am so some morning session attendees to assist at 8 would be great.
Habitat For Humanity - Cambodia

Rotary has had a long association with Habitat for Humanity, with many clubs participating in both local and international builds. Miles Cain (of St Johns Rotary) has personally been on four Habitat builds to Nepal, Buenos Aires , Vietnam and last November, India and is now offering the chance of participating in a similar adventure to others.


He says; All these trips have been exceedingly rewarding for all the volunteers and a great opportunity to see a bit of the country. Within each of these builds there has been a good representation of Rotarians.

This October/ November I am leading a team into Cambodia to build one house in Phnom Penh. I am looking for a team of 12 and if interested I need a commitment by mid May as we need to lock in airfares etc. The build is for 6 days followed by about an 8 day tour which is in the process of being put together.

Indicative build cost is shown on attached brochure. Airfares and tour costs will be additional.

Very happy to discuss further, if interested . If it is not time for you this year, you may know someone else that could be interested so please spread the word.

With a small group, remember there are limited seats.


Regards, Miles Cain, M: 0274 469 225
Rotary Club of St Johns
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