[ENGR-1300] Engineering Processes


“The use of basic machine tools such as lathes, mills, drill presses, band saws, and grinders, including micrometers, vernier calipers, and various other devices used in a machine shop or laboratory. Welding techniques and tool making are also considered.” <Taken from RPI Course Catalog>

I am a Teaching Assistant (TA) for this course and have also taken this course when i was a sophomore. As a TA I am responsible for running weekly labs, teaching the methods and processes used to properly use the equipment, proctoring the final exam, grading the performance of the labs and the main project; a model naval cannon.

[Processes Applied]:

  • Welding (MIG and Plastic)
  • Hand Held Plasma Cutting
  • Brazing
  • General Machining (Lathe, Horizontal and Vertical Mill, Drill Press)
  • Micrometers and Vernier Calipers
  • Sandblasting and Polishing/Buffing


<Model Naval Cannon and Model Mortar>

These are the two projects that I completed specifically pertaining to the course, my model naval cannon project from when i took the class and my model mortar which was designed and constructed out of failed pieces from former students.

The model naval cannon comes from the machining profession where novice machinist would receive a project in which they are to machine a small model to specified parameters in order to demonstrate the basic skills required for a machinist. This is the reason that the main project for this course is the model naval cannon. It allows for us to judge the skills of the students but at the same time teaches practical applications of all the different tools commonly found in a machine shop.

The supplies for my model mortar come from the failed attempts of previous students in creating different parts of the model naval cannon. These pieces have been machined incorrectly or past tolerances specified for the cannons dimensions. The design of the mortar came from different concepts of the early designs for mortars in western world.
===Update=== Here is the main source material for the course which includes engineering drawings for the cannon: https://rpi.edu/dept/eng/live/manufacturing/docs/EPM.pdf
Pg 40 – Cannon Barrel Engineering Diagram
Pg 53 – Cannon Base Engineering Diagram

[Project Photos]:



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