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28 Jun 2021 - Projects

Slip Slidin' Away

Have you tried out the new Hydroslide at Splash Palace yet?

Fi Innovations were stoked to assist Ian Coombes Ltd and Amalgamated Builders Ltd with the construction and flooring for this new recreation facility.

14 May 2021 - Projects

5 things you need to know about SLA 3D printing

Following the recent unveiling of our ProX 800 SLA resin printer at Fi Innovations, we thought we’d share some insider info on stereolithography, a.k.a. SLA 3D printing. Check out these five tips to understand how you can integrate this technology into your R&D and dramatically reduce your time to market.


5 Mar 2021 - Projects

6 things you should know about SLS 3D printing

We've been creating production parts and prototypes in our 3D Systems ProX SLS 6100 machine for a while now, servicing clients in the aerospace, medical, and other industries.

Along the way we've learnt a lot, identified a few common misconceptions, and uncovered some little tricks that we thought you would like to know. So, please read on for "Six things you need to know about SLS printing".


12 Jan 2021 - Projects

What condition's it in, mate?

Here is Derek on-site scanning an internationally-sourced casting during a condition inspection. In under 5 hours, we 3D-scanned 25 of these anode mounts, checking for tolerance conformity.

15 Dec 2020 - Projects

Keep calm, and carry on

We had the opportunity to work with Calm Pipe recently. Calm Pipe has undertaken years of work, consulting with their community, industry advisors, clinical aromatherapists and engineers to create a natural experience with health benefits. They have developed a product that is not only innovative, but also beautiful to look at.

8 Oct 2020 - Projects

Pools, pools and more pools

The Fi Innovations team has been busy refurbishing community, school and private swimming pools around Southland and Otago. In addition to re-lining eight concrete pools over the past two years, we have carried out repairs, sealed expansion joints, installed fibreglass accessories and laid changing room floors at many other pools.

11 Aug 2020 - Projects

Foam fill action

Wow, the Stabicraft 2750 is an amazing boat.

We have a steady stream of new Stabicraft boats coming through for foam filling. Brent currently processes about 10 per week, but this is set to increase as their factory ramps up production.

10 Jun 2020 - Projects

5 key benefits of DLP 3D printing

Often confused with the resin-based SLA printing process, DLP printing on the Figure-4 Standalone machine has its own unique set of benefits and limitations. So you’re aware of how you can best use this machine for prototyping or production, we’ve put together five key points about DLP printing.


14 May 2020 - Projects

New Blue Beaut Ute

Rhino ‘Tuff Stuff’, an ultra-tough urethane coating, is bonded directly to the ute deck. This effectively eliminates the major downfall of ‘drop-in’ plastic liners - moisture getting in behind the liner and causing rust.

22 Oct 2019 - Projects

A huge slab of wood

When a bloke drops off a huge slab of wood and asks for a river table, you don’t argue. You just knuckle down and tackle the project.

5 Jul 2018 - Projects

Infusion Confusion

Infusion confusion?

Have you ever wondered how we do it? How we make high-tech carbon fibre parts?

26 Jan 2018 - Projects

Sheep milk what?

Sheep milk production is one of the activities at Blue River Dairy’s Invercargill factory.

Their company takes a break over Christmas, so they asked Fi Innovations to do some mid-season upgrades.

12 Dec 2017 - Projects

Sputnik playground

We have lift-off!

The Sputnik playground from Te Anau’s waterfront has been refurbished by Fi Innovations.

This play equipment, with its eye-catching giant red ‘satellite’ balls, yellow tunnels and blue frames, has been a long-time favourite with children.

24 Nov 2017 - Projects

Big Boy's Toys

Hand basins as industrial art? A digger bucket for the guys. Hard-hat basins for the ladies. Fantastic!

That’s awesome – just what you need at a digger park!


30 Oct 2017 - Projects

Lifeboat ahoy

Real Journeys staff brought two wooden lifeboats from the historic steamship, “Earnslaw”, down to our Invercargill workshop this winter, with the instructions “Please give them a spruce up”.

23 Oct 2017 - Projects

Diesel-power Aircraft

Fi Innovations recently completed cowling design and fabrication for a modified aircraft – a challenge that staff enjoyed tackling.

We worked with Bill Sutherland to decide on a composite lay-up which achieved the desired rigidity and weight.

27 Sep 2017 - Projects

Praise Showered

Praise showered on Fi Innovations by Real Journeys for our craftsmanship.

We refurbished over 30 shower cubicles on their big “Milford Mariner” tourist boat.

14 Aug 2017 - Projects

Stunning Stone Tabletops

Stunning river stone tabletops, destined for the Rees Hotel in Queenstown, were painstakingly crafted at Fi Innovations’ workshop in Invercargill.

The results are very impressive.

15 Jun 2017 - Projects

Full-carbon Snare Drum

We recently made two more full-carbon snare drum shells for Peter Robertson, who owns Hunter Custom Drums.

Peter was buzzing about the prototype drum that we had infused earlier.

17 Oct 2016 - Projects

Water Treatment Tanks

Branxholme, just north of Invercargill, saw lots of contractor activity recently as part of the Invercargill City Council’s $11.5m upgrade of the city’s water treatment plant. ICC tasked FI Innovations with the manufacture and installation of double linings inside both their alum tanks. These double linings provide environmental protection in the event of an earthquake or other mishap.

15 Aug 2016 - Projects

Bumpity Bump

If you’re out at Fonterra's huge milk products factory in Edendale, keep an eye out for the bright yellow urethane pads in the truck bay.

28 Apr 2016 - Projects

Oyster sculpture

The Oyster Boat sculpture in Bluff’s main street was tired and in desperate need of a complete overhaul.

16 Nov 2020 - News

Rocket Man

Last Friday night was the Export Southland HSBC Gala Dinner at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill.

8 May 2018 - News

Flying Disc Fanatics

Disc golf has arrived in town.

Did you see all the players in Queens Park on that wet April weekend?

Multitudes of frantic disc golfers braving the weather to fling flying discs around an 18 ‘hole’ course.

21 Dec 2016 - News

Business After Five

BA5, short for ‘Business After Five’, are informal events designed to encourage networking among Southland manufacturers. FI Innovations was excited to host the December BA5 evening, with over 40 people enjoying drinks and nibbles at our Otepuni Ave premises.

1 Oct 2019 - Awards

Safe as

We were thrilled to win the ACC Workplace Safety Award at last Friday’s Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards.

25 Sep 2018 - Awards

Export Awards


FI Innovations has been selected as a Finalist in the 2018 Export Southland award for innovation.

20 Dec 2017 - Awards

Supreme Winner

Fi Innovations - Supreme Winner of 2017 Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards

13 Dec 2016 - Awards

Top Apprentice

Congratulations, Caleb, for winning the top award from the Composites Association of NZ.

14 May 2021 - Projects

5 things you need to know about SLA 3D printing

Following the recent unveiling of our ProX 800 SLA resin printer at Fi Innovations, we thought we’d share some insider info on stereolithography, a.k.a. SLA 3D printing. Check out these five tips to understand how you can integrate this technology into your R&D and dramatically reduce your time to market.


5 Mar 2021 - Projects

6 things you should know about SLS 3D printing

We've been creating production parts and prototypes in our 3D Systems ProX SLS 6100 machine for a while now, servicing clients in the aerospace, medical, and other industries.

Along the way we've learnt a lot, identified a few common misconceptions, and uncovered some little tricks that we thought you would like to know. So, please read on for "Six things you need to know about SLS printing".


15 Dec 2020 - Projects

Keep calm, and carry on

We had the opportunity to work with Calm Pipe recently. Calm Pipe has undertaken years of work, consulting with their community, industry advisors, clinical aromatherapists and engineers to create a natural experience with health benefits. They have developed a product that is not only innovative, but also beautiful to look at.

10 Jun 2020 - Projects

5 key benefits of DLP 3D printing

Often confused with the resin-based SLA printing process, DLP printing on the Figure-4 Standalone machine has its own unique set of benefits and limitations. So you’re aware of how you can best use this machine for prototyping or production, we’ve put together five key points about DLP printing.


16 Nov 2020 - News

Rocket Man

Last Friday night was the Export Southland HSBC Gala Dinner at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill.

No latest awards available for 3D Printing

15 Dec 2020 - Projects

Keep calm, and carry on

We had the opportunity to work with Calm Pipe recently. Calm Pipe has undertaken years of work, consulting with their community, industry advisors, clinical aromatherapists and engineers to create a natural experience with health benefits. They have developed a product that is not only innovative, but also beautiful to look at.

16 Nov 2020 - News

Rocket Man

Last Friday night was the Export Southland HSBC Gala Dinner at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill.

1 Oct 2019 - Awards

Safe as

We were thrilled to win the ACC Workplace Safety Award at last Friday’s Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards.

12 Jan 2021 - Projects

What condition's it in, mate?

Here is Derek on-site scanning an internationally-sourced casting during a condition inspection. In under 5 hours, we 3D-scanned 25 of these anode mounts, checking for tolerance conformity.

No latest news available for 3D Scanning
No latest awards available for 3D Scanning

28 Jun 2021 - Projects

Slip Slidin' Away

Have you tried out the new Hydroslide at Splash Palace yet?

Fi Innovations were stoked to assist Ian Coombes Ltd and Amalgamated Builders Ltd with the construction and flooring for this new recreation facility.

8 Oct 2020 - Projects

Pools, pools and more pools

The Fi Innovations team has been busy refurbishing community, school and private swimming pools around Southland and Otago. In addition to re-lining eight concrete pools over the past two years, we have carried out repairs, sealed expansion joints, installed fibreglass accessories and laid changing room floors at many other pools.

5 Jul 2018 - Projects

Infusion Confusion

Infusion confusion?

Have you ever wondered how we do it? How we make high-tech carbon fibre parts?

12 Dec 2017 - Projects

Sputnik playground

We have lift-off!

The Sputnik playground from Te Anau’s waterfront has been refurbished by Fi Innovations.

This play equipment, with its eye-catching giant red ‘satellite’ balls, yellow tunnels and blue frames, has been a long-time favourite with children.

24 Nov 2017 - Projects

Big Boy's Toys

Hand basins as industrial art? A digger bucket for the guys. Hard-hat basins for the ladies. Fantastic!

That’s awesome – just what you need at a digger park!


30 Oct 2017 - Projects

Lifeboat ahoy

Real Journeys staff brought two wooden lifeboats from the historic steamship, “Earnslaw”, down to our Invercargill workshop this winter, with the instructions “Please give them a spruce up”.

23 Oct 2017 - Projects

Diesel-power Aircraft

Fi Innovations recently completed cowling design and fabrication for a modified aircraft – a challenge that staff enjoyed tackling.

We worked with Bill Sutherland to decide on a composite lay-up which achieved the desired rigidity and weight.

27 Sep 2017 - Projects

Praise Showered

Praise showered on Fi Innovations by Real Journeys for our craftsmanship.

We refurbished over 30 shower cubicles on their big “Milford Mariner” tourist boat.

15 Jun 2017 - Projects

Full-carbon Snare Drum

We recently made two more full-carbon snare drum shells for Peter Robertson, who owns Hunter Custom Drums.

Peter was buzzing about the prototype drum that we had infused earlier.

17 Oct 2016 - Projects

Water Treatment Tanks

Branxholme, just north of Invercargill, saw lots of contractor activity recently as part of the Invercargill City Council’s $11.5m upgrade of the city’s water treatment plant. ICC tasked FI Innovations with the manufacture and installation of double linings inside both their alum tanks. These double linings provide environmental protection in the event of an earthquake or other mishap.

28 Apr 2016 - Projects

Oyster sculpture

The Oyster Boat sculpture in Bluff’s main street was tired and in desperate need of a complete overhaul.

8 May 2018 - News

Flying Disc Fanatics

Disc golf has arrived in town.

Did you see all the players in Queens Park on that wet April weekend?

Multitudes of frantic disc golfers braving the weather to fling flying discs around an 18 ‘hole’ course.

21 Dec 2016 - News

Business After Five

BA5, short for ‘Business After Five’, are informal events designed to encourage networking among Southland manufacturers. FI Innovations was excited to host the December BA5 evening, with over 40 people enjoying drinks and nibbles at our Otepuni Ave premises.

1 Oct 2019 - Awards

Safe as

We were thrilled to win the ACC Workplace Safety Award at last Friday’s Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards.

20 Dec 2017 - Awards

Supreme Winner

Fi Innovations - Supreme Winner of 2017 Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards

13 Dec 2016 - Awards

Top Apprentice

Congratulations, Caleb, for winning the top award from the Composites Association of NZ.

26 Jan 2018 - Projects

Sheep milk what?

Sheep milk production is one of the activities at Blue River Dairy’s Invercargill factory.

Their company takes a break over Christmas, so they asked Fi Innovations to do some mid-season upgrades.

No latest news available for Resin Flooring

1 Oct 2019 - Awards

Safe as

We were thrilled to win the ACC Workplace Safety Award at last Friday’s Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards.

20 Dec 2017 - Awards

Supreme Winner

Fi Innovations - Supreme Winner of 2017 Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards

8 Oct 2020 - Projects

Pools, pools and more pools

The Fi Innovations team has been busy refurbishing community, school and private swimming pools around Southland and Otago. In addition to re-lining eight concrete pools over the past two years, we have carried out repairs, sealed expansion joints, installed fibreglass accessories and laid changing room floors at many other pools.

26 Jan 2018 - Projects

Sheep milk what?

Sheep milk production is one of the activities at Blue River Dairy’s Invercargill factory.

Their company takes a break over Christmas, so they asked Fi Innovations to do some mid-season upgrades.

No latest news available for Industrial Coatings

1 Oct 2019 - Awards

Safe as

We were thrilled to win the ACC Workplace Safety Award at last Friday’s Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards.

20 Dec 2017 - Awards

Supreme Winner

Fi Innovations - Supreme Winner of 2017 Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards

30 Oct 2017 - Projects

Lifeboat ahoy

Real Journeys staff brought two wooden lifeboats from the historic steamship, “Earnslaw”, down to our Invercargill workshop this winter, with the instructions “Please give them a spruce up”.

27 Sep 2017 - Projects

Praise Showered

Praise showered on Fi Innovations by Real Journeys for our craftsmanship.

We refurbished over 30 shower cubicles on their big “Milford Mariner” tourist boat.

No latest news available for Shipwright Boat Services

1 Oct 2019 - Awards

Safe as

We were thrilled to win the ACC Workplace Safety Award at last Friday’s Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards.

20 Dec 2017 - Awards

Supreme Winner

Fi Innovations - Supreme Winner of 2017 Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards

22 Oct 2019 - Projects

A huge slab of wood

When a bloke drops off a huge slab of wood and asks for a river table, you don’t argue. You just knuckle down and tackle the project.

14 Aug 2017 - Projects

Stunning Stone Tabletops

Stunning river stone tabletops, destined for the Rees Hotel in Queenstown, were painstakingly crafted at Fi Innovations’ workshop in Invercargill.

The results are very impressive.

15 Aug 2016 - Projects

Bumpity Bump

If you’re out at Fonterra's huge milk products factory in Edendale, keep an eye out for the bright yellow urethane pads in the truck bay.

21 Dec 2016 - News

Business After Five

BA5, short for ‘Business After Five’, are informal events designed to encourage networking among Southland manufacturers. FI Innovations was excited to host the December BA5 evening, with over 40 people enjoying drinks and nibbles at our Otepuni Ave premises.

1 Oct 2019 - Awards

Safe as

We were thrilled to win the ACC Workplace Safety Award at last Friday’s Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards.

25 Sep 2018 - Awards

Export Awards


FI Innovations has been selected as a Finalist in the 2018 Export Southland award for innovation.

20 Dec 2017 - Awards

Supreme Winner

Fi Innovations - Supreme Winner of 2017 Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards

22 Oct 2019 - Projects

A huge slab of wood

When a bloke drops off a huge slab of wood and asks for a river table, you don’t argue. You just knuckle down and tackle the project.

14 Aug 2017 - Projects

Stunning Stone Tabletops

Stunning river stone tabletops, destined for the Rees Hotel in Queenstown, were painstakingly crafted at Fi Innovations’ workshop in Invercargill.

The results are very impressive.

No latest news available for River Table

1 Oct 2019 - Awards

Safe as

We were thrilled to win the ACC Workplace Safety Award at last Friday’s Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards.

14 May 2020 - Projects

New Blue Beaut Ute

Rhino ‘Tuff Stuff’, an ultra-tough urethane coating, is bonded directly to the ute deck. This effectively eliminates the major downfall of ‘drop-in’ plastic liners - moisture getting in behind the liner and causing rust.

28 Apr 2016 - Projects

Oyster sculpture

The Oyster Boat sculpture in Bluff’s main street was tired and in desperate need of a complete overhaul.

No latest news available for Rhino Linings

1 Oct 2019 - Awards

Safe as

We were thrilled to win the ACC Workplace Safety Award at last Friday’s Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards.

20 Dec 2017 - Awards

Supreme Winner

Fi Innovations - Supreme Winner of 2017 Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards

11 Aug 2020 - Projects

Foam fill action

Wow, the Stabicraft 2750 is an amazing boat.

We have a steady stream of new Stabicraft boats coming through for foam filling. Brent currently processes about 10 per week, but this is set to increase as their factory ramps up production.

No latest news available for Expanding Foam

1 Oct 2019 - Awards

Safe as

We were thrilled to win the ACC Workplace Safety Award at last Friday’s Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards.

20 Dec 2017 - Awards

Supreme Winner

Fi Innovations - Supreme Winner of 2017 Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards