Sophie Langdon, a 1st Year Engineering Student at the University of Cambridge used an Ultimaker S5 on loan from CREATE Education to work on two projects and develop her expertise in Additive Manufacturing and Engineering. In this case study blog Sophie shares her experiences and outcomes with us.

Gravity Industries Placement Project

Project Aims
To create a casing for electronics for a set of weighing scales

Learning Objectives
To test different settings to learn how to efficiently use supports
Learn how to use different materials and dual extrusion

Gravity Industries designs, builds and flies Jet Suits, pioneering a new era of human flight. The company, which is scaling towards an International Race Series, was founded to challenge perceived boundaries in human aviation and to inspire others to dare to ask “What if?”

During my placement at Gravity Industries I was set a project with the goal to create a set of custom weighing scales that would be large but also very light.

After finding a suitable material for the base I was set with the task of designing the electronics and housing for the circuits. Using the Ultimaker S5 I was able to test and improve my designs for the casings. As I needed to test certain components, I was constantly adapting the housing for the new specifications. Here are two iterations of the casing for the screen component.

casing design iterations

At each step I had to focus on how to design these components to make them functional but also look professional. I have attached two photos below before and after designing the wire coverings showing the improvement after each iteration. My current final iteration is still made with plywood, and I still have an exposed wire to cover up but I have made so much progress using the Ultimaker since starting this project and can’t wait to continue.

wire coverings first iteration
wire coverings final design

Drone Project

Over the summer, after my first year of University I took on the project of building my own drone. I decided to find the individual parts myself rather than from a kit. I made the choice to design and 3d print my own frame so I could advance my CAD and 3D printing skills. This also meant is was customisable and could be adapted to fit my specific components. Using an iterative process I tested different ideas until I had a working frame.

3d printed drone chassis
3d printed drone chassis top view
“I believe only so much learning can be done through lecturing so to have the opportunity to learn hands on with a 3D printer is invaluable. Working remotely meant it would have been a lot of trouble to get anything done without a 3D printer. My projects included prototyping and improving 3D prints, and as the rest of Gravity Industries is based across England, it would have been almost impossible to do without a 3D printer. It also meant I had the chance to learn how to use a 3D printer and test out the different methods of printing. Having my own 3D printer allowed for the fastest and most efficient way of learning with hands on experience.”

CREATE Education would like to thank Sophie Langdon for sharing her 3D printing projects with us and wish Sophie all the best in completing her Engineering Degree.