It was a cold walk to McLaughlin Hall today after school.
Here’s a gear box designed by 3rd year mechanical engineering students. They have a competition in their class to see which design is best, but they tell the winner by watching the final product perform a task.
Our next stop was to see the big milling machines and lathes and the water jet cutter.
Next we saw the water jet. We watched the CAD file get turned into a 2D drawing, and then code for the water jet. To avoid errors, there is a simulation mode that shows what will be cut in what order. After watching the simulation, we saw the water jet cut a part out of plastic. A nozzle directs the high pressure flow of water and an abrasive (sand) and the impact of the water is what cuts through the material. The machine at Queen’s has cut rough 6 inches of aluminum!
Here’s the final project that 2nd year engineers create. They learn how to use a new tool each week, and make parts for their widget. The widgets serve no purpose really, but it’s a good test of machining skill to see if they fit together at the end.
Next we saw where welding happens. In past years our robot chassis was welded here.
After this, we went to meet some of the design teams.
Next we saw the Formula Car that the Queen’s design team has made.
Our tour continued at Biosci, where we snuck into a lecture theatre to see where some of the learning happens at university. Those rooms are big!
We headed next to the Integrated learning centre to meet another design team.
The next part of our tour brought us to the chemical engineering lab area to see where some of their experiments are run.
Towards the end of the tour we ran into one of our friends, Adan, studying for his exams.
All in all it was a fantastic tour. Many thanks to Queen’s outreach for setting it up!