Grade 12 SMR student Shazi Asher has won a gold medal at the National Skills Competition in Winnipeg!

The road to nationals was long and started in March with him winning Gold in the TDSB and then Gold at the beginning of May at Provincials.

On May 29th he was one of 5 teams representing the TDSB at the national competition as part of Team Ontario.  The competitors stayed in Winnipeg for the week, enjoying the University of Manitoba dorms and the hospitality provided by the city as they prepared for the competition days on June 1st and 2nd.

Shazi's competition category was Job Skills in which he had to present a skilled trade that was similar to the ones in competition categories at National Competition.

His demonstration was on 3D printing which required CAD (computer aided design) and CAM (computer aided manufacturing) skills.

For the presentation we used the newest 3D printer - the Flashforge Inventor II.  This 3D printer was bought from Canada's Flashforge vendor known as Digitmakers in Toronto.  The owner made sure that we were the first in Canada to get it because we need a 3D printer that was full enclosed and safe to use in a demonstration as well as being portable.  We tested the printer out for 3 weeks before the competition and put it in its original packaging to bring on the plane.

When we arrived, Shazi worked all week on his presentation and testing the printer.  To help the judges see inside the enclosure, he designed and printed a webcam mount that fit on the inside of the enclosure. For his presentation, Shazi demonstrated the use of Fusion 360 CAD software by measuring a judge's hand to create a custom 3D printed ring in the 30 minute time limit.  While the ring was printing in the Inventor II, he showed samples of 3d prints he has done including exotic materials such as glow-in-the-dark, magnetic and carbon fiber, as well as designs such as his own fidget spinner.

Shazi was the first person on Team Ontario to win a medal that day and was followed by many other winners of their respective competitions.  Every student from the TDSB won an award which totaled 4 Gold and 1 Silver.

Congrats to Shazi for his amazing national accomplishment!

We would like to thank the following people who made this possible:

  • Ms Elbourne-James for her guidance and sharing of her experience at Skills Competitions
  • for getting us the Inventor II on such short notice for the Nationals and for providing the exotic filaments used in the presentation

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