Professor Olaf Diegel
PhD in Product Development, Massey University
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 and product development, in the faculty of engineering at the University of Auckland, in New Zealand, he is heavily 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).
Research | Current
My main areas of research are in design for additive manufacturing (DfAM), including aspects such as light-weighting, topology optimisation, lattice structures, residual stress reduction, post-processing minimisation.
I also have a reseacrh interest in any aspects of rapid product developments, including any tools and technologies that allow us to bring better products to market faster.
2019: Winner of the Innovation Award at CES 2019 for Lifeinabox.
2018: Prix Galien France. Winner of connected objects category for Lifeinabox.
2018: Winner La Poste IOT Award for Lifeinabox medication refrigerator (France)
2018: Star of French Design Award by Observer du Design for Lifeinabox medication refrigerator (France)
2017: Institut Français du Design Award for Lifeinabox medication refrigerator (France)
2017: Future En Seine Cap Digital Best Industrial Design Award for Lifeinabox medication refrigerator (France)
2017: SilverECO Best Health Initiative Award for Lifeinabox medication refrigerator (France)
2017: Janus Award for Industrial Design for Lifeinabox medication refrigerator (France)
2017: WebSummit Lisbon Best International Startup Award For Lifeina (Portugal)
2016: Design-S Swedish Design Awards, SvenskFrom. Finalist in Aluminium category, Sweden.
2016: Special Prize of the Jury award. European Forum on Additive Manufacturing, Paris, France.
2015: Plastovationer Awards 2015, Sweden, Finalist in Product Development category.
2013: Lecturer of the Year award, Massey university
2013: Best in Show Award, NAMM Show, Anaheim, California, for additively Manufactured guitar
2012: Best Additive Manufacturing Application Award. 17th European Forum on Rapid Prototyping, Paris, France
2012: Lecturer of the Year award, Massey university
2012: Awarded Fellowship of Global Association of Rapid Prototyping Associations (GARPA)
2012: NZ Innovators Awards, Finalist in Most Inspiring Individual category
2012: BeST Design Awards, Finalist in consumer products category, New Zealand
2011: Distinguished Service Award, International Society for Productivity Enhancement
2011: New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards, Kiwi World Beater Award for AUT Centre for Rapid Product Development.
2011: New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards, Dell Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product Award 2011, Finalist for PID II Plugin Dimmer Rack developed for Theatrelight NZ Ltd.
2010: Leading Innovation Award from the International Intellectual Property Network Forum for the iFridge and iTube.
2010: Concours Lépine International, France, Prix Ville de Paris «Handicap 2010» (The Paris ‘Handicap 2010’ prize (for socially responsible products)) for the Medifridge portable insulin refrigerator.
2010: Concours Lépine International, Paris, France, Médaille d’or du Ministère de la Santé et des Sports (Gold medal of the Ministry of Health and Sports) for the Medactiv range of health products.
2010: Silver medal at the Taipei International Invention Show for the iFridge portable medication and cosmetic refrigerator.
2010: Silver medal at the Taipei International Invention Show for the iTube pocket sized vacuum flask for insulin pens.
2009: World Summit Awards, NZ nominee in the E-Health & Environment category
2008: NBR / Bayer Innovation Awards. Winner, Health and Science category
2008: Best Study Award. 12th European Forum on Rapid Prototyping, Paris, France
2007: NBR / Bayer Innovation Awards. Finalist in Engineering and Design Category
2007: PricewaterhouseCoopers New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards, Enatel Innovation Award, Finalist.
2006: New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards. Engineering Innovator of the Year prize.
2006: Concours Lépine International, Paris, France 2006, Gold Medal for the Spengler SCVL 2007 Cardiovascular Lab
2005: Concours Lépine International, Paris, France 2005, Prix du Premier Ministre (Prize of the Prime Minister) for the TravelMate, portable medication cooler
2005: Concours Lépine International, Paris, France 2005, Grand Prix des Inventeurs (Grand Prize of the Inventors), for the TravelMate, portable medication cooler
2004: Teaching Excellence Award, Institute of Technology and Engineering, Massey University
2004: BeST Design Awards 2004, Finalist, Product Design Category, Non-consumer
2004: Best Paper Award, FUBUTEC 2004, Future Business Technologies Conference, France
2004: Best Paper Award, Knowledge-Based Intelligent Information & Engineering Systems, New Zealand
2003: Emhart / NASA Tech Briefs Design Contest 2003, Second prize awarded for Portable Battery-Powered Pocket Refrigerator for Insulin
2002: Best Presentation, Continuing Engineering and Management Session, 9th annual NZ Engineering and Technology Postgraduate Conference, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, NZ
2001: Bright future Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship, Foundation for Research Science and Technology.
2000: Tracey Brunstrom and Hammond Group Prize in Project Management.
2000: Rexel Lighting Design Awards, Premier award for design of Aureol spotlight.
2000: Innovation in lighting award for Pacific range of spotlights, Entech, Australia (Awarded to Selecon NZ, the company I managed product development and designed for)
2000: PRODESiGN Luminaire Design Awards, Premier award for design of Aureol Spotlight (Awarded to Selecon NZ, the company I managed product development and designed for).
1999: PRODESiGN Luminaire Design Awards, Premier award for design of Pacific Spotlight (Awarded to Selecon NZ, the company I managed product development and designed for)
1999: IES International Lighting Award for Pacific Spotlight (Awarded to Selecon NZ, the company I managed product development and designed for)
1998: PRODESiGN Luminaire Design Awards, Premier award for design of Astral Fresnel Spotlight (Awarded to Selecon NZ, the company I managed product development and designed for)
1998: PRODESiGN Luminaire Design Awards, Premier award for design of Pacific Spotlight (Awarded to Selecon NZ, the company I managed product development and designed for)
Areas of expertise
Advanced manufacturing technologies
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Aghajan, H., Harma, A., Wang, K. I.-K., & Augusto, J. C. (2019). Preface. IOS PRESS. Pages: 2. 10.3233/AIS-190542
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin I-Kai Wang
- Diegel, O., Nordin, A., & Motte, D. (2018). Teaching design for additive manufacturing through problem-based learning. Additive Manufacturing - Developments in Training and Education (pp. 139-149). 10.1007/978-3-319-76084-1_10
- Weiss, B., Diegel, O., Storti, D., & Ganter, M. (2018). A process for estimating minimum feature size in selective laser sintering. Rapid Prototyping Journal, 24 (2), 436-440. 10.1108/RPJ-01-2017-0001
- Belgrano, F. D. S., Diegel, O., Pereira, N., & Hatti-Kaul, R. (2018). Cell immobilization on 3D-printed matrices: A model study on propionic acid fermentation. Bioresource technology, 249, 777-782. 10.1016/j.biortech.2017.10.087
- Campbell, I., Diegel, O., Kowen, J., & Wohlers, T. (2018). Wohlers Report 2018: 3D printing and additive manufacturing state of the industry: Annual Worldwide Progress Report. Wohlers Associates. Related URL.
- Kantaros, A., & Diegel, O. (2018). 3D printing technology in musical instrument research: reviewing the potential. RAPID PROTOTYPING JOURNAL, 24 (9), 1511-1523. 10.1108/RPJ-05-2017-0095
- Campbell, I., Diegel, O., Kowen, J., & Wohlers, T. (2017). Wohlers Report 2017 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing State of the Industry : Annual Worldwide Progress Report. Wohlers Associates. Pages: 343. Related URL.
- van der Riet, D., Stopforth, R., Bright, G., & Diegel, O. (2016). Sensory system integration of the designed mechatronics Touch Hand. Sensor Review, 36 (2), 158-168. 10.1108/SR-09-2015-0154