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Real Life Engineering Design Scenarios… In Your Department!

How much…!? As a technician, you might recall being shocked at the price of some small, hard to acquire widget needed to repair or maintain the equipment in your department, a safety sign, or a specialist storage container.

Unfortunately (let’s face it), all departments are on tight budgets these days, but with the equipment available to you there’s no reason for maintenance and good organisation to go unchecked. And if you don’t have the equipment, offsetting some of the department overheads, and helping out with maintenance elsewhere in the school might even be enough to persuade the bursar to invest in D&T…

This 3D printed bandsaw extraction adaptor was designed in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD (complete with flow simulation analysis) and manufactured using TechSoft’s CEL RoboxPRO 3D Printer.

N.B. Always consult your LEV service engineer before making modifications or improvements.

Modern 3D printers such as the CEL Robox are compatible with high strength engineering materials such as ABS, and even composites containing carbon fibre and steel. 3D printing is now widely used commercially not just for prototyping, but for full scale manufacture in aerospace industries.

This custom emergency stop mounting bracket for a pillar drill was manufactured from high strength plastic using a Roland MDX-540 CNC miller.

These custom wall brackets for a drill and bandsaw (destined for new rooms with underfloor heating!) were manufactured using TechSoft PlasmaCUT 1000, welding equipment and a metal cutting bandsaw from TechSoft.

These nifty tool storage containers were designed in TechSoft 2D Design V2 and manufactured from birch plywood using the TechSoft RouterCAM 1290.

This safety signage was designed in TechSoft 2D Design V2 and can be manufactured using the TechSoft LaserCAM, miller/routers such as the RotoCAMM MDX-40A or large format printer/cutters such as the Roland BN-20 or TruVIS SG-540 – check out the Free Resources area to download your own!

Why not give it a go? There’s no excuse!

by Alasdair Jones of TechSoft, July 2018
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