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Oakham students win TDI Challenge!

Two designers from Oakham School have won the fiercely competitive 17-19 student group category of the TDI Challenge, thanks to their ingeniously designed cooling system.

The prestigious competition, which has been running for over a decade, is organised by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) with the purpose of inspiring future engineers into a career in manufacturing. Jacob and Daniel not only won one of just six places in the final, from a strong field of competitors from across the country, they were then awarded the top prize!

“I’m incredibly proud of their win, given it was such an incredibly tough competition,” says Oakham’s Head of Design & Technology, Tim Weston. “Their presentation and use of augmented reality certainly wowed the judges, and helped their design to really stand out.”

Always keen to try out new ways of presenting design ideas, Oakham’s team have used an ingenious Augmented Reality experience from PTC Creo Model, to bring their idea to life. If you’d like to see Jacob and Daniel’s design you can download ThingWorx View at the App Store. Simply scan the below image, choose the Final Proposal option and enjoy being able to explore the design from multiple angles and at a variety of different scales.

The project originated from their work with the Engineering Education Scheme (EES) and Mecc Alte UK, an international synchronous alternator company based in Oakham. Their design optimises the cooling process of alternator hubs, aiding health and safety, as well as increasing efficiency through the production system.  You can watch a short clip of the product in testing here: 

Testing of Project from Oakham School on Vimeo.

Both students are Arkwright Scholars, and impressively, this is Jacob’s second design competition final this week! On Saturday he presented his portable pet cleaner to Senior Engineers from the Design Department at Triumph as part of the Triumph Award.

“We have an outstanding record of pupils being selected to progress to the finals, and in many instances going on to win, a wide range of different design competitions,” says Tim.  “Indeed, Old Oakhamian Torston Sherwood (08), who won the TDI Challenge a number of years ago, has since gone on to be appointed Designer In Residence at the London Design Museum.”

Daniel and Jacob have won a variety of prizes both for themselves (a Fitbit Flex and Amazon voucher) as well as for the School (£1000 to spend on DT equipment), and are now looking forward to being invited to MACH 2018 for a personalised TDI Challenge Finalists tour.

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