Radical joining system announced as a finalist

Queensland inventor Dean Cameron has developed a new joining system that replaces screws, bolts, glue, flanges and nails.

Queensland inventor Dean Cameron has developed a new joining system that replaces screws, bolts, glue, flanges and nails.

The Joinlox system is likened to “industrial velcro” and can be used for products ranging from food crates and pipes to cars, planes and bridges.

Cameron has been announced as a finalist in Innovic’s International Next Big Thing Award 2009

“In 2006 I was a finalist with Biolytix, a retrofit septic tank,” Cameron said. “In fact, the cost of transporting my tanks inspired Joinlox”, he said.

“I set out to make the tanks in parts and have them assembled on site. Four plastics engineers said it was impossible, which is what spurred me on. So I invented Joinlox.

“It can cut the cost of transporting any tank by 75 per cent and is fast to assemble.”

Joss Evans, CEO of Innovic, the not-for-profit organisation that runs the International Next Big Thing Award said Cameron used a process of biomimicry to develop the idea.

“Cameron is an environmental scientist who observes how nature works and then uses natural designs for the basis of his inventions. Joinlox emulates the way clams fasten securely onto rocks with their bysuss threads,” she said.

The Joinlox system can be used in a variety of situations, from building planes, to pipes to bridges, food crates and even cars. This is because the Joinlox joints are stronger than the parent material.

Joinlox is one of 25 finalists in this year’s award – a competition to find and showcase the best new Australian and international innovations.

Winners will receive over $60,000 in cash and prizes when they are announced on Thursday 2 July. An exhibition of the finalists will be held at the Melbourne Museum in Carlton from May 30th to Sunday 12 July. The free exhibition is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

The People’s Choice Award winner will be chosen by popular vote. On-line voting is available at www.nextbigthingaward.com.

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