About the presenter

Winter Week on Campus 2019
Professor Olaf Diegel

Professor Olaf Diegel

Olaf Diegel is both an educator and a practitioner of additive manufacturing and product development with an excellent track record of developing innovative solutions to engineering problems.
In his role as professor of additive manufacturing, in the faculty of engineering at the University of Auckland, in New Zealand, he is involved in all aspects of product development and is widely published in the areas of additive manufacturing (AM) and rapid product development. He is also one of the principal authors of the annual Wohlers Report, considered by many to be the bible of AM. His current main area of research expertise is in design for AM. In his consulting practice he develops a wide range of products for companies around the world. Over the past three decades he has developed over 100 commercialized new products including innovative new theatre lighting products, security and marine products and several home health monitoring products and, for this work, has received numerous product development awards.
Over the last 20 years, Olaf has become a passionate follower of 3D printing (additive manufacturing). He believes it is one of the technologies that has been a real godsend to innovation as it allows designers and inventors to instantly test out ideas to see if they work. It also removes the traditional manufacturing constraints that have become a barrier to creativity, and allows us to get real products to market without the normally high costs that can become a barrier to innovation. In 2012, Olaf started manufacturing a range of 3D printed guitars and basses that has developed into a successful little side-business (and gives Olaf the therapy he needs in allowing him to make things that are a blend of high-technology and traditional hand-crafting). To find out more about these instruments, visit Olaf’s website at oddguitars.com.