Queensland's history re-imagined in UQ's makerspace

7 Jan 2020

Rhyl Hinwood has spent over 30 years carving the intricate sandstone artworks that adorn the cloisters of The University of Queensland's Great Court.

This largely unknown historical gem represents more than 90 years of Queensland history, with more than 1000 stone carvings representing five categories: Queensland history, Queensland flora and fauna, Indigenous culture, coats of arms and academic traditions.

After the many years spent up a ladder wielding her carving tools, Dr Hinwood is now working with the UQ Innovate team to create modern, 3D-printed versions of her traditional sandstone carvings and bronze busts.

Dr Hinwood said she was interested in seeing how new technologies can be used to produce miniatures of her UQ carvings, so more people can enjoy them.

UQ Innovate Manager, Vince Kelly said the team was excited to be involved in a project that allowed them to integrate old artisan ways with emerging technologies, like 3D scanning and additive manufacturing (3D printing).

"Rhyl gave us a bronze casting, and what was challenging for us was finding a plastic material, which is what our machines use, that could replicate the original," Mr Kelly said.

"We want to promote to our staff and students to get hands on... working with all sorts of materials and processes."

"Getting hands on is what it's all about."