New state-of-the-art welding equipment arrives at Maudslay workshops

Students within the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment now have access to two brand new state-of-the-art welding machines in the Maudslay building workshops.

Students within the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment now have access to two brand new state-of-the-art welding machines following significant investment by the University in upgrading the facilities in the Maudslay building workshops at our City site.

A busy place full of the sound of machinery, the Maudslay building workshops may be unfamiliar territory to staff working across other areas of the University. However, the team of 20 staff who run them proudly claim that "there's nothing we can't make here… within reason!"

The wide array of impressive projects undertaken within the workshops certainly go a long way towards validating that claim. On any given day, students studying on courses ranging from Product Design to Civil Engineering can be found in the vast space creating everything from furniture to wristwatches.

The two new welding machines now in place were made by Kemppi – a Finnish manufacturer described by Senior Technician Steve Chamberlain as being "the Rolls-Royce of welding machines".

He said: "I believe we're only the second university north of London to have these machines, and the feedback we've had from the students who have used them has been really positive.

"The new machines can weld steel, aluminium, stainless steel and copper, and they are also Bluetooth enabled, which means you can control them remotely and alter the parameters from a tablet computer."

The new welding machines only add to the Maudslay building workshops' already-impressive array of facilities. The main area of the workshops is split between metalwork and woodwork areas, with equipment within the metalwork area including a computer-controlled water jet machine capable of cutting through steel up to 150mm thick.

As well as for students' work, the workshops and other facilities within the Maudslay building – such as our Creative and Virtual Technologies Research Lab and 3D Printing Lab – are also used extensively by our academics in carrying out research projects.

You can find out more about the day-to-day goings on in the workshops by following The TIG on Twitter. The TIG – a mysterious character not unlike like The Stig of Top Gear fame – runs the account from behind a welding helmet, so their identity remains unknown!

New state-of-the-art welding equipment arrives at Maudslay workshops

Published on 22 April 2016
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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