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About S.G. Daedalus

S.G. Daedalus is the study association for Industrial Design at the University of Twente. The study program started in September 2001. Not much later, in 2002 on the 8th of April, S.G. Daedalus was founded as new association. Nowaday the association has expanded to a vibrant community with more than 700 members.



What is our purpose?

As a study association S.G. Daedalus aims to fulfil the needs and interests of Industrial Design students, employees and other stakeholders. This implies that S.G. Daedalus tries to maintain the quality of the education, i.a. by means of discussions and evaluations.
Besides, S.G. Daedalus offers its members great opportunities to improve their skills, gain experience and orientate on the professional field. To stimulate the evolvement of Industrial Design students, S.G. Daedalus tries to inspire its members with all kind of activities. The association organizes lectures, excursions and symposia to get in touch with companies to show students career opportunities and social drinks to relax.


Why "Daedalus"?

 Our study association is named after one of the first great inventors from the Greek mythology. Daedalus (Latin) or Daidalos (Greek) roughly translates to skillful inventor

The Myth

Daedalus was a highly respected and talented Athenian artisan descendent from the royal family of Cecrops, the mythical first king of Athens. He was known for his skill as an architect, sculpture, and inventor, and he produced many famous works.

Minos called on Daedalus to build the famous Labyrinth in order to imprison the dreaded Minotaur. The Minotaur was a monster with the head of a bull and the body of a man. He was the son of Pasiphae, the wife of Minos, and a bull that Poseidon had sent to Minos as a gift. Minos was shamed by the birth of this horrible creature and resolved to imprison the Minotaur in the Labyrinth where it fed on humans, which were taken as "tribute" by Minos and sacrificed to the Minotaur in memory of his fallen son Androgenos.

Greek Myth of Ikarus(Ikaros) & Daedalus(Theseus), the heroic King of Athens, volunteered himself to be sent to the Minotaur in the hopes of killing the beast and ending the "human tribute" that his city was forced to pay Minos. When Theseus arrived to Crete, Ariadne, Minos's daughter, fell in love with him and wished to help him survive the Minotaur. Daedalus revealed the mystery of the Labyrinth to Ariadne who in turn advised Theseus, thus enabling him to slay the Minotaur and escape from the Labyrinth. When Minos found out what Daedalus had done he was so enraged that he imprisoned Daedalus & Icarus on an island.

Daedalus conceived to escape from the island with Icarus from Crete by constructing wings and then flying to safety. He built the wings from feathers and wax, and before the two set off he warned Icarus not to fly too low lest his wings touch the waves and get wet, and not too high lest the sun melt the wax. But the young Icarus, overwhelmed by the thrill of flying, did not heed his father's warning, and flew too close to the sun whereupon the wax in his wings melted and he fell into the sea. Daedalus escaped to Sicily and Icarus' body was carried ashore by the current to an island then without a name. Heracles came across the body and recognized it, giving it burial where today there still stands a small rock promontory jutting out into the Aegean Sea, and naming the island and the sea around it after the fallen Icarus.