Baru – baru ini salah satu anggota dari PPI-Fukuoka, Liana Christiani mewakili Kyushu University dalam kompetisi Perstorp Open Innovation Challenge. Tema yang diangkat dalam kompetisi ini adalah :
“What will be the most pressing challenge facing society in the next 40 years?”
Perlu diketahui dalam kompetisi ini terdapat 337 partisipan dari 62 negara. Dari seluruh aplikan, dipilih 3 finalis yang kemudian di undang ke Swedia. Menggembirakan, tim Liana christiani yang mengusung tema Long-term material delivery system, terpilih menjadi finalis.
Flexii, a submission from brothers Kashyap and Chintan Gohel, for flexible furniture. Both are students at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Juja, Kenya. Using the tagline of “Flexii – with you every step of the way,” the brothers imagine using Perstorp’s remoldable Capa™ Thermoplastics to make, repair and remold furniture into new shapes and designs rather than disposing of used or broken pieces in landfills. They suggest that “Remoulding centres” can be created to generate jobs related to reshaping such furniture, which also can tap into 3D printing technology for the design and creation of “new” furniture.
Long-term material delivery system, a submission from Ph.D. student Feng Shiyan and Ph.D. student Liana Christianiin Japan, is based on an idea for a long-term drug-delivery system where a biodegradable capsule would be inserted to the body and as biodegradation happens the drugs will slowly be released. Their idea is to modify a polycaprolactone (PCL)-based biomaterial, the polymer used in the Capa™ products, to assist in delivery of nanoscale medications for chronic diseases such as cancer and HIV-AIDS.
Manufacturing with 3D-printed molds, an idea from Alexander Osika in Sweden, is based on a concept for 3D printing medium-scale production. The low melting point of Capa™ thermoplastics can allow it to be used for 3D printers to create plastic molds where Capa™ can be compression molded. The result, says Alexander, is the possibility to do production runs that are low in tooling costs, quick in setup and yet produce quality parts. This technique would not require heavy machinery, and even offers the potential to be used in your home. Alexander is studying at Chalmers in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Dari 3 Finalis tersebut, tim yang di ketuai Liana Christiani mendapat peringkat ke dua. Semoga prestasi yang membanggakan ini dapat meningkatkan semangat kita dalam berkompetisi dan berprestasi di ajang internasional dalam rangka membanggakan bangsa dan negara Indonesia di kancah internasional