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F1 inspiration in students’ engineering project

Engineering students designed and created their own mobile phone stands as part of their final assessments - with one learner inspired by his passion for Formula One.

Students on the BTEC Enhanced General Engineering course at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor’s Pwllheli and Dolgellau campuses used 3D printing to make their designs a reality as part of their final assignment in the additive manufacturing module.

They took inspiration from a variety of sources to create bespoke designs for their own phone and their own specific needs.

Daniel Pirie, who studies at the Hafan campus in Pwllheli, created his to resemble a drinks can, having been inspired by Red Bull’s connection with motorsport and in particular F1.

Earlier this year, Daniel and fellow students had represented Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor as ‘Team Purple Bullets’ in the F1 in Schools competition, and to celebrate their success in that event he created his phone stand in the same colour scheme.

Daniel said: “My inspiration for the phone stand stems from my passion for F1 and following the Red Bull team.

“Another inspiration for the design came from my participation in the Formula 1 in schools competition this year where my colleagues and I represented Coleg Meirion Dwyfor in the annual North Wales F1 in schools competition as team Purple Bullets.

“Our team was awarded the best team identity in the competition, and I continued with the colour purple in my design to complement the team’s success in the competition.”

Over the last term, each student has developed a range of phone stand designs, and made several test prints and refinements in order to produce their final phone stands.

Emlyn Evans, lecturer at the Pwllheli and Dolgellau campuses, said: “Our students have been using the skills they have acquired in the Engineering Design Module and the CAD (Computer Aided Design) module in order to design their own personal mobile phone stand. After many design and printing improvements all students have successfully printed and finished their final designs ready for assessment.”

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