Projects

We’re currently hosting a great variety of projects. There’s something for everyone to get involved in – whether you study mechanical, electrical engineering or even a humanity!

Precious Plastics

The main goal of the precious plastic project will be to make a series of machines from which recycled plastic can be converted into various small objects.

By the time the project is fully complete, 4 machines will have been built including a shredder, an extrusion machine, an injection machine, and a compression machine. To build the machines, a guideline and plans for constructing the machines from the Precious Plastic website will be used.Recycled plastic could then be collected from the university buildings which will be used to form different objects which in turn can be given to charity.

This is a brilliant opportunity for students looking to go into a mechanical or electrical based career to gain experience and apply their knowledge in real life. It is also a good opportunity for students who want to become more proficient with AutoCAD as well as with different machines in the iForge.
If you’re interested feel free to join, students from all courses are welcome.

This exciting project is lead by Kate Doyle a fourth year studying mechanical engineering with biomechanics.

More info about Precious Plastic can be found in the following link: https://preciousplastic.com


Rainwater Harvesting Structure

The Rainwater Harvesting Structure project is all about sustainable construction!
Construction contributes around 10% of all carbon emissions UK and total building
construction, operation and maintenance to around 45% of all UK carbon emissions.
This is mostly because of unsustainable material choices and low efficiency lighting
and excessive water usage. Certain materials create significant carbon emissions in
their production, for example concrete. At Crewe Flats in Endcliffe, we are designing
a sustainable timber framed structure with a rainwater harvesting system on the roof.
This project will promote green urban building and sustainable living, as well as
supporting the Sheffield horticultural society that use the local allotments.

The project leader, Mohammed Haider, is a third year Chemical Engineer who is
passionate about innovating new methods for recycling natural resources and
implementing them towards a more sustainable living. As this year’s project leader,
Mohammed’s goal is to cultivate the next generation of engineers to become more
wary of the impacts construction may have on the environment and gain enough
confidence to bring about change in industry to achieve a greener future!

This year the Rainwater Harvesting Structure project has its eyes set on building!
Materials have been delivered, so the team (which you can join!) will be on-site
having fun building the structure and then designing the rainwater harvesting system!
If you would like to learn more about sustainable engineering or want to create a
fantastic space for the local people of Sheffield, then come down!


Project Kestrel

Project Kestrel is a collaboration between EWB Sheffield and Project Blueprint, a company founded by Sheffield graduates to use their engineering knowledge to create sustainable solutions to human problems.

We’re building a prototype three metre wingspan VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) drone that will be used for last mile transportation of vital medical supplies in rural Africa, incorporating a modular design, virtually unlimited control range, and on-board image recognition.

The project is split into the avionics team and the aero-structures team, each working on separate parts of the project, and coming together to assemble and test the vehicle.

In the long term, we aim to teach locals how to operate the system and repair the drones themselves, both making the project sustainable and providing jobs.


Whirlow Wind Turbine

For this project, we will be following a detailed material selection, design and assembly design book by Hugh Piggott which focuses on creating small, cheap and student-led wind turbines. Our wind turbine is expected to be built by 2020 and will be installed at Whirlow farm where it will be used in one of their low power requirements building sites such as “animal units” or small teaching classrooms. This project will compromise approximately 20 students across many different engineering disciplines such as Mechanical/Aerospace, Electrical, ACSE and Chemical engineering, meaning that students will be able to improve their interdisciplinary engineering skills by working with engineers across different sectors. The project also compliments the theoretical side to engineering that is taught at university, as this project is very technical and involves the use of many mechanical and electrical processes such as CNC machining, laser cutting, soldering, welding, wood-working and drilling. We hope this will mean the engineers on this project will become more confident and experienced at an early stage before moving into industry.”

Induction Hob

As a new project for this year (2020-2021), we are aiming to design and manufacture a prototype induction hob system for use within developing countries and/or refugee camps! 

Due to increased electrification (particularly the introduction of mini-grids) within these areas, we believe electric cooking has potential to replace harmful traditional fuels and methods. 

This project will utilise electromagnetic induction to produce an efficient, safe and fast cooking system. Initial stages will look into current cooking tradition within target countries and ensure that these are catered for within the design. 

Later stages will be more technical, with an in-depth design process considering both the components of the hob and suitable functionality as unit. We plan to maximally use reused, recycled and/or widely available components and materials. 

Finally, we will manufacture the prototype induction hob within the iForge makerspace! 

Greatly applicable for electrical and materials engineers, but there will be many tasks to get involved with whatever your skill set. This project is led by Bradley, a second-year materials science and engineering student. Please contact at bdiggines1@sheffield.ac.uk if you want to get involved!


Let’s build something together.

If you want to get involved with any of the awesome projects listed here, please email us using the form on our homepage!


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