IMTS Apprentice Blog

IMTS Apprentice Blog

Sean Delaney is a manufacturing engineering student out of Rotherham, England. Over the next 36 months, Sean will balance a hybrid of practical on-the-job training, academic study, and full-time employment at University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). The IMTS Apprentice Blog will provide week-to-week updates from Sean, who will share what he's learned, the equipment and technology he's using, and more. #IMTSapprentice – Check back to see what Sean's learning and how it ties to the manufacturing technology that IMTS is known for presenting.

Week Ending April 29

Week Ending April 29

Category: Apprentice Apr 29, 2021

This week, I’ve been continuing work on my Stirling engine. I have been using the jig I machined last week to mill down the flats, drill a hole through it and then to run a tap down it to produce the internal thread that will hold a bearing that would then support the crank shaft.

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Week Ending April 22

Week Ending April 22

Category: Apprentice Apr 22, 2021

This week I’ve been working on the Stirling engines. I have machined the jig to hold the bearing holder to allow me to machine the flat parts on the milling machine.

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Week Ending April 8

Week Ending April 8

Category: Apprentice Apr 12, 2021

This week I have been continuing further on my Stirling engine. I’ve been working on the two pillars that will hold up the crank shaft.

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Week Ending April 1

Week Ending April 1

Category: Apprentice Apr 5, 2021

I’ve started to work on building a Stirling engine this week. This uses the difference in air pressure either side of a displacer plate to provide power to the engine.

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Week Ending March 26

Week Ending March 26

Category: Apprentice Mar 25, 2021

This week, we’ve been testing a carbon fibre strut for a bike. It was held at its base and then a load was applied at its tip. It was tested to a displacement of 80mm and reached a maximum load of approximately 0.4 kilonewtons.

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