Student from Gedling scoops plastics innovation award for asthma aid

A university student from Gedling has earned a highly commended award at the annual Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) competition after creating an aid for asthmatics.

The results were announced at the final awards ceremony at Painters Hall, London, on Friday.

Louis Farnsworth, a third year Product Design student, who studies at De Montfort University, Leicester, came up with ‘Air’ a smart breathing aid for asthmatics to reduce the asthma flare up and irritation to the lungs and airway when exercising. 

He was among just five finalists from a total submission of 149 entries from all around the UK and Ireland and his success wins him a cash prize and a short placement with one of the competition sponsors: Brightworks; Innovate Product Design; PDD and RJG Technologies.

This year DIP set the students the challenging brief of ‘Healthy body – healthy world’ inviting ideas for improving health and wellbeing, with a product which could demonstrate longevity and sustainability.

Louis said: “Taking part in the competition has helped increase my knowledge of plastic design and manufacturing and to be more aware of the circular economy when designing a product.

 “In terms of my career, I love product design and the process of bringing an idea through a strategic development and into a finalised solution.  This result has boosted my confidence and I’m very grateful for the opportunity this has presented. I couldn’t be more thankful to the Design Innovation in Plastics competition.”

 DIP is the longest running student design competition of its type – inviting university students to produce a new product made primarily of plastics, while paying close attention to sustainability and recyclability. Sponsored by global polymers manufacturer, Covestro, it is organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Worshipful Company of Horners.

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