Chemical and environmental engineering/mechanical engineering sciences 3D printing facility
3D printing is becoming a ubiquitous part of engineering practice, in particular at the conceptual design/prototyping stage, but increasingly as part of the final fabrication process. New developments in civil engineering, such as 3D printing of concrete and steel structures are revolutionizing the industry. In mechanical engineering, 3D printing is contributing to cutting-edge advances in Formula 1 and even the production of jet engines.
This project is creating a dedicated 3D printing facility for civil and environmental engineering and mechanical engineering students to gain experience with 3D printing and develop in-demand skills in digital technologies and creative design.
Aims and objectives
The objective of this project is to create a dedicated 3D printing facility for students in civil and environmental engineering and mechanical engineering sciences. This involves the purchase of inexpensive entry-level 3D printers which students can use, both as part of the curriculum but also outside of formal teaching to explore their own ideas. There are many benefits for students using a 3D printing facility including:
- Developing the ability to think in 3D
- Design with constraints in mind
- Gain experience with prototyping and testing
- Develop proficiency with 3D CAD software.
It also provides an opportunity to experiment with new inventions leading to the possibility of start-up companies, as well as facilitating design competitions and supporting student society activity.