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3T RPD Limited offers gap year placements to Year in Industry students, as well as work experience for pupils from local schools.

Daniel Green joined 3T in September 2009 and has just won a place in the National Final of the Year in Industry�s Contribution to the Business Awards after winning the South East�s Regional Final on 3rd June 2009.

Originally from Canterbury, Daniel will be starting an Engineering Degree at Cambridge University this September.

Approximately 275 students applied to the competition from across the UK, and Daniel was one of just eight candidates whose paper based projects were selected to go through to the Regional Finals to represent the South East.

Students had to present their projects and undergo a Dragon�s Den style interrogation by a panel of industry experts, who assessed their financial and personal contribution to the company.

Daniel and one other student were selected to go through to the National Finals, where they will compete against 2 students from each of the other regions; South West, the Midlands, North of England and Scotland.

Taking place in September 2009 at London�s BT Auditorium, the overall UK winner will receive �1,000 prize money, with the runners-up receiving �500.

According to 3T�s CEO, Ian Halliday, as a result of Daniel�s project, the company will not only win more orders, but will save up to �100,000 per year on the purchase of new Nylon powder � its most expensive manufacturing overhead.

Due to the nature of the �additive layer manufacturing� method used in the selective laser sintering process, when each build chamber comes out of the machine it contains a certain amount of �unsintered� Nylon powder, i.e.

loose powder, supporting the parts that have been built (or �sintered�) by the laser.

This powder could be considered simply as �waste�, but most users of this technology implement a recycling programme to re-use a certain proportion of the powder.

However, once the powder has been exposed to the laser, there is some degradation to its mechanical properties.

Daniel worked closely with 3T�s R&D team to analyse the powder being recycled, calculating the optimal ratio between levels of new and recycled material used in the manufacturing process to balance cost savings against maintaining quality.

So not only did his work result in less powder being purchased, but his findings also resulted in making the whole manufacturing process more environmentally friendly, whilst reducing material disposal costs.

Halliday said �Daniel�s speed in understanding a new challenge has made him an outstanding person to work with.

As he has gained in confidence, he has become someone that I have relied upon for more complex intellectual challenges as well.

He has added a great deal to 3T during his time with us.� Chris Ward, The Year in Industry�s South-East Regional Director, said: �A year in industry gives our placement students the skills, the knowledge and contacts to really stand-out from the crowd.

With job prospects for graduates looking tougher than ever, we hope more students will re-think the rucksack in their gap year and opt for a work placement that delivers real work experience.

But it's not just students who benefit; our students have saved UK companies tens of millions of pounds over the last 20 years.� 3T are continuing their support of the Year in Industry programme with two new gap year students joining them in September 2009.

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