Students from the University of Glasgow Creates 800-Parts Steam Engine Model to Honor James Watt
To commemorate the legacy of James Watt, a Scottish inventor, University of Glasgow students utilized 3D printing to make an 800 part model of Watt’s steam engine that was initially developed a couple of years ago.
James Watt, aside from being an inventor, is also a professional mechanical engineer accredited with leading the Industrial Revolution. To commemorate his 200th anniversary, University of Glasgow students are doing many events to respect and honor him.
One project or event involved 3-dimensional printing; this is a meter long model of Boulton-Watt steam engine originally designed by James Watt. The plan was taken on by the JetX student society that spends 5 months to work on this model. Since this student society was developed in the year 2014, its members have utilized 3D printing successfully to make 2 sub-scale models of a jet engine, which include the X-Prorer 1 that needed lots of hours of 3-dimensional printing.
The past 5 months have been so busy; however, we are delighted with the result. The entire process of a building used many designs as well as prototyping methods we have learned all through the years of creating jet engine models. The university is proud of its union and connection with Watt, as well as his legacy helps a lot in making University of Glasgow the best and inspiring school to learn, which is according to Chris Triantafyllou, president of JetX who took the supervision in styling as well as developing the steam engine model.
To develop the steam engine model, the University of Glasgow team of students printed more than 800 parts that took almost 845 hours of printing time. The result will be put on the show starting from June 6th at the school’s library.
It’s part of a more prominent public showing that explores the life of James Watt. Some other projects and events make up the one-year series commemorating Watt who spent most of its time working as a maker of the instrument at the campus when he started the industrial revolution.
Prof Colin McInnes, James Watt Chairman and lecturer of engineering science at the said school, commented that the JetX team had obtained something amazing with the developing of this steam engine model that’s a fitting compliment to his visualization and vision in this bicentenary year.
According to Colin, the steam engine model is remarkable and stunning, and praise acclaim to JetX for their creativity, imagination, diligence as well as commitment, not only in this event or project but also in their independent jet engine styles. University of Glasgow School of Engineering is eager and enthusiastic to instill in learners the significance of creative view and idea in the world of engineering, and JetX is an excellent example of how this creativity can inspire exciting and stimulating new projects.
If you are interested or want to know more about James Watt including his biography and accomplishment, the thirteenth Glasgow Science Festival starts now and themed to honor of this Scottish inventor. Alternatively, you can also read more about his life by clicking and visiting University of Glasgow website.