Skills development and retention project Midlands Engineering Industries Redeployment Group (MEIRG) has given 300 students a unique insight into the latest engineering technology.
With the aim of inspiring young people in the area to consider a career in the sector, MEIRG let them try out the latest kit used in 3D design and rapid prototyping.
On board ERIC, MEIRG’s training vehicle, students learnt how rapid prototyping is used to provide solutions in medicine. Bespoke hearing aids, kneecaps and even parts of a human skull damaged in road traffic accidents can now be modelled by an engineer without having to see the patient.
The students were shown that by using a haptic arm an engineer can model on-screen ‘clay’ by using a pen in mid-air. Students taking part are encouraged to try modelling their own clay face using the arm. They are also shown how a mobile phone designer produces a 3D model from an on screen drawing.
Jan Staley, MEIRG project manager said: ‘It’s crucial we engage with young minds at the time they’re considering their career choices. We need to dispel this myth that engineering is dirty and show young people that there are some really exciting opportunities open to them.’