Here we are at the end of a quarter and it has been an exciting one! We had some of the largest classes ever supported at Southeast Community College and it was great to have the opportunity to try some new projects with this large group.
The CADD program has been collaborating more with other programs at SCC and recently worked with both Welding and Electronics.
Students enrolled in the SolidWorks course spent the first 48 hours of class learning the basic tools in SolidWorks and the last 12 hours modeling a smoker/grill combination that will be cut and welded by our welding students next quarter. In addition to standard tools, Students practiced In-Context modeling techniques, Weldment tools, Smart Fasteners, and teamwork. The energy and excitement displayed by students was enough to power a small city! They had customer meetings set up to meet with the welding instructors, pages of notes about the product, and motivation to see the project through to the end. I will be photographing the grill/smoker throughout production and may even snap a few pictures of the succulent ribs prepared on this monster (and by monster, I mean this smoker will weigh over 500 pounds when completed!) Too bad you can't scratch and sniff a blog!
While the Electronics project won't be as tasty, it was just as exciting! The Electronics students are busy programming their robots to complete different tasks while CADD students are modeling and building parts for the robot in our Dimension fused deposition modeler. Students have built such parts as grippers to install spark plugs (as shown) and fixtures to cradle multiple components for the robot's tasks.
So why don't I blog as often as I would like? These were only two of the hundreds of different projects we have going on at SCC. I wish I could share them all with you! I promise there is more to come! If you see me at SolidWorks World 2010, remind me to tell you about the spider boxes!