How COOL is this?

Posted 25 June 2014 4:00 AM by admin

Students from Mark Humphreys’ Manufacturing class at Littleton High School in neighboring Littleton, NH collaborated with New England Wire Technologies in a project to model a real flex testing machine.  The students from LHS worked with Mike Longchamps (Mechanical Engineer) and Kyle Kinsey (Electrical Engineer) of NEWT several times each month during the Spring 2014 semester to analyze and “ reverse engineer” one of our full-size flex testing machines in order to build the miniature flex tester model.

Students got right to work in making sketches and assigning tasks.  The first phase of the project was to make mechanical CAD drawings of all the parts of the machine along with setting the scale to be used.  Students received instructions from Mike Longchamps on how collaboration on a project works at NEWT, and under Mike’s direction, students took on the task of working together to figure out how each of their assigned parts would fit together to form a completed project.

Using the students CAD drawings, the class processed and printed the three-dimensional modeled parts to replicate the actual machine being used at NEWT.  Students met several times with Electrical Engineer, Kyle Kinsey of NEWT and learned how to add electronics and movement to the model.  The model was assembled and wired by the students and a switch, fuse, light, power supply and safety shields were added to complete the model.  Students benefited by learning real world skills in developing a prototype from an idea.  On June 17, 2014 the Littleton students presented the flex tester model to the representatives of New England Wire Technologies and discussed the experiences and challenges they faced while working on the project.  Thanks Littleton High School – great job!  We think what you’ve done here is pretty cool!



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