Young Engineers Get Hands-On with Design

Students in Sean Tomasello’s Project Lead the Way introduction to engineering design class at High School West are designing cams using Autodesk Inventor to provide a specified motion. After the design phase is complete, the students create a physical model using a full spectrum laser cutter and test their design to compare the results against the desired outcome. The students were creating this cam for a prototype automata. By the end of the school year, the students will be creating a full-sized automata using the different tools in the lab, such as the laser cutter, 3D printer and hand and power tools.