Glasgow 3D Print of James Watt Steam Engine
A team of students from the University of Glasgow create 3D-printed model of James Watt steam engine.
17:55 10 June 2019
The JetX student society at the University of Glasgow has used 3D printing technology to create a model of a steam engine designed by James Watt more than 200 years ago. The project, which took 845 hours to complete, consists of 800 parts, including an additional gear to move itself.
James Watt has been credited for kick-starting the industrial revolution after he made improvements to a Newcomen steam engine, which has helped in creating the modern world.
Chris Triantafyllou, JetX president, led on the design and construction of the model.
He said: "The past five months have been very busy but we're really pleased with the final model.
"The whole building process utilised a lot of design and prototyping practices we've learned throughout the years of developing jet engine models.
"The University of Glasgow is rightly proud of its association with James Watt, and his legacy helps make it an inspiring place to study.
"We're glad we've had the chance to contribute to the University's 200th anniversary celebrations, and we hope that visitors to the exhibition in the library get as much enjoyment out of it as we do."