Apprentices fly high with project
Students help create drone on 3D printer
Yo u n g s t e r s o n an apprenticeship engineering course at New College Lanarkshire have been flying high – with a 3D printer drone project.
The students, from schools throughout North Lanarkshire, have been attending the Motherwell campus on a Foundation Apprenticeship Engineering course.
Over the past six months, the apprentices have been learning to use industry-leading 3D design software to produce initial drone concept prototypes.
They also worked through an electronic design phase, developing practical skills in electronic assembly.
After s e v e ra l p ra c t i c e attempts, the finished drone was manufactured using 3D printers at the college. The pupils have held test flights on the college grounds, with the drone capable of reaching speeds of 160 miles per hour.
Their impressive effort is now being entered into a competition through the Airgineers STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) challenge.
Steven Hewitt, Curriculum and Quality Leader in the Electrical, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Section, leads the project.
He said: “The Foundation Apprenticeship programme is linked directly to industry, with many industrial partners participating in supporting placement opportunities, industry visits, talks and challenges.
“Clansman Dynamics and Castle Precision are two of the industry partners who have delivered talks to the group, providing an overview of industry, the work in which each company are engaged, and the type of opportunities that could be available in the future for the apprentices.”
He added: “The FA Engineering group have been working on a drone project which engages the apprentices in design, electrical / electronic engineering and mechanical engineering.
“The drone project allows the integration of the practical with the theory, making the skills development more enjoyable and challenging.”
The young apprentices will spend the Easter break visiting Clansman Dynamics, Castle Precision, Honeywell and IODS Pipe Clad for a range of demonstrations and talks.
Flying high Drone in action and the 3D printers used (left)
Top team New College Lanarkshire students