Who is it for?
The workshop is designed to support students in pursuit of their studies. The area is most often used for undegraduate project work but all engineering courses, including postgraduate and postgraduate research students, are able to use the facilities.
The workshop has dedicated technician support on hand to provide training in the use of various machines and processes when appropriate.
What equipment is available in the student workshop?
- 3 Colchester lathes
- 2 Bridgeport milling machines
- pedestal drill
- fitting benches for bench work
- rapid protyping machines including SLA and FDM 3d printers
- laser cutting and engraving machine
- 3 axis machining centre (HAAS mini mill), for 3 axis CNC milling, with an option of an additional 4th axis attachment
- computers running CAD-CAM software for supporting students.
The workshop also benefits from having a 3d scanner for scanning artefacts to assist with prototyping; objects can be scanned to create a model which can then be 3d printed.
The Carpenter's Workshop
Technical staff who are skilled in carpentry and joinery make bespoke models specified by research staff and students in project work, particularly for use in the wind tunnels. Lately, 3d printing has taken over some of these requirements.
Students would not usually have access to the carpenter's workshop but work can be undertaken for them there.
Project Technical Centre
Running adjacent to the student workshop and separated by shutters which can be opened to allow for 300m2 space, this is an additional workshop facility for student project work.
Particularly used in the undergraduate flagship project Class 1 Formula Student where a single-seat racing car is manufactured by students with assistance from staff in the project technical centre. The centre also supports other final year projects, such as group projects.
- a centre lathe
- vertical milling machine
- drilling machine
- welding bench (including MEG-TIG) fitting area
- and a small paint shop.