This year the Royal Navy Engineering Challenge invited education partners of the University Technical Colleges across the UK to design and build a remote-controlled vessel that can recover objects from the seabed in order to prepare the port before a ships arrival. Entering across a number of categories, 'Exercise Clean Sweep' is aimed to inspire young people to engage further with STEM subjects.
The Year of the Engineer
2018 is ‘The ‘Year of the Engineer’, so student challenges such as this really help encourage young students to work as a team and apply their engineering knowledge. Qualifying teams are given the opportunity to compete for an 24 hour experience of Navy life, including a night on HMS Bristol.
The exhibition surrounding the competition also provided a chance for students to immerse themselves in a variety of STEM-related industries and gain an insight into future job roles that they could consider. As well as career opportunities, the youngsters were able to enjoy tours of helicopters, gas turbines and diesel engines.
Physical Digital pride ourselves on helping to educate the engineers of tomorrow by demonstrating the technology and broadening the understanding of 3D measurement and its' purpose. Speaking with students throughout the day, our engineers provided an insight into how vital measurement is to future product design and development within a variety of industries, such as the Aerospace, Aeronautical and automotive sectors.
Demonstrating our scanning systems on an impeller, students were able to understand the process undertaken to capture data using 3D optical measurement, and then how that would be used for quality analysis and inspection and to reverse engineer the data to create CAD models of design intent for manufacturing.
Physical Digital's MD Tim Rapley attended the challenge: “Being invited to such an event is a great opportunity for our company to broaden the understanding of 3D optical measurement to young engineers. The enthusiasm and excitement on the day among the participants was fantastic, and it was wonderful to see how the students had developed their entries based on the various technologies and design processes they have been studying. It’s really positive to see organisations such as The Royal Navy encouraging and inspiring students to practise key skills such as problem solving and product development, as well as showcasing the vast opportunities open to them in the world of Engineering. We send our congratulations to all of the award winners on the day”.