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TasTAFE Diploma of Information Technology students James Burleigh and Harrison McGuiness recently won the Undergraduate Tertiary Student category at the 2016 iAwards Tasmania.

The iAwards honour organisations and students at the cutting edge of technology innovation and recognise the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. The key goal of the iAwards is to discover, recognise and reward the ICT innovations that have the potential to, or are already having a positive impact on the community – at home, in the office and on a global scale.

James and Harrison were recognised for their work on a sustainable filament project for 3D printers. James and Harrison worked closely with TasTAFE teacher Marcos Gogolin on the Living With Rope project, assembling and developing a 3D printer which uses recycled fishing rope as printer filament.

The Living With Rope Project is an attempt to deal with the waste rope problem plaguing shores by recycling it into 3D Printer viable filament by means of melting it down and extruding it for further use in 3D Printing.

James and Harrison’s award win means they will now represent Tasmania in the Undergraduate Tertiary Student category at the national iAwards.

James and Harrison have also received guidance and support from TasTAFE teachers in TasTAFE’s ICT Support Centre. James and Harrison both work in the support centre which offers free general PC/Laptop maintenance and support for staff, students and friends of TasTAFE. Working in the centre is incorporated into training and course assessments and the centre allows students to hone their technical and problem solving skills and gain experience dealing with real clients while being mentored by IT teachers.

James and Harrison have previously completed a Certificate III in Information Digital Media Technology and a Certificate IV in Computer Systems Technology, progressing to a Diploma of Information Technology at TasTAFE in 2016.