MANUFUTURE 2011 Conference 24 - 25 October 2011
West and East Europe in global High Added Value Manufacturing

NMP for schools

Detailed plan of „NMP for schools” campaign as outreach activity attached to ManuFuture 2011 conference

Within the "NMP for schools” campaign joined with the ManuFuture 2011 conference altogether 4 activities were planned:
  • initial campaign,
  • individual visits to high schools,
  • 2 kinds of practical workshops for pupils, where they can independently build rapid prototyping models and robots (mechanics, electronics, software) from scratch, and finally
  • several actions within "XIV Lower Silesian Science Festival 2011”.

The "NMP for schools” action will be supported by media campaign.

1.    Initial campaign during "Open Days” at Mechanical Department of Wroclaw University of Technology (March, 2011)

First it was planned to start the initial campaign already during the „Open Days” of the Mechanical Department at Wroclaw University of Technology, which took place on 25 March 2011. The information shall be published on special website of the event. For the reason and for further actions a special leaflet was planned to be elaborated, informing about FP7, especially NMP area including New Production as well as PPP „Factories of the Future” and ETP ManuFuture. The leaflet shall be distributed among the youth participating at the „Open Days”. Further a long presentation as well as short presentation about the issues shall be elaborated and enabled to be downloaded from "Open Days” website. For the purpose to make presentation to young audience a special compact presentation shall be prepared and presented during the plenary session right at the beginning of the "Open Days” event.

The detailed programme of the „Open Days” is as follows:

1.    Speech delivered by Head of Mechanical Department of Wroclaw University of Technology (presentation of the Department, educational and research abilities of the unit).

2.    Presentation within „NMP for schools” campaign”. The presentation concerns main assumptions of FP7, especially of NMP area, New Production themes as well as assumption of ETP ManuFuture and Public-Private-Partnership „Factories of the Future” (FoF). There was planned to present new technologies applied at the Mechanical Department staying in line with goals of the FP7 and PPP FoF.

3.    Invitation to workshops, which will be organized within "NMP for schools” campaign.

4.    Visiting and watching presentations on laboratories and Research Interest Groups functioning at the Mechanical Department. Within the "NMP for schools” campaign the following special visiting stands were planned to be prepared:
•    Laboratory of Computer Aided Design
•    Presentation of PWr Racing Team (racing bolid design, manufactured and driven on special inter-university races by Wroclaw University of Technology students)
•    Presentation of "RAPID Troopers" Research Interest Group of Innovative Technologies
•    Laboratory for Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Tooling, Reverse Engineering and Virtual Prototyping
•    Laboratory of Research on Work Machines and Industrial Vehicles
•    Presentation of „OFF-ROAD” Research Interest Group of Non-conventional vehicles
•    Laboratory of Biomedical Engineering and Experimental Mechanics
•    Laboratory of Machines and Mechatronics Circuits Theory
•    Presentation of inter-department „Synergia” Mechatronics Research Interest Group
•    Laboratory of Hydraulics Drives and Control
•    Presentation of „Robocik” Research Interest Group on robotics

5.    Final meeting summarizing the visiting of laboratories, watching presentations and show stands. There was planned a discussion of pupils interested in presented technologies.

2.    Individual visits to schools to promote FP7 NMP (March – September, 2011)

The programme of the visits with the purpose to promote FP7 and especially NMP area includes meetings with teachers and pupils of selected schools, answering questions, passing over information materials on NMP and innovative technologies (leaflets, information folders).

The main points of the programme of an individual visit is as follows:

1)    Meeting with teachers - making them familiar with ideas of RTD directions promoted by European Commission as well as with innovative technologies applied in industry (about 30 minutes)
2)    Meeting with pupils  - presentation on FP7 NMP, ETP ManuFuture and PPP "Factories of the Future” will be delivered (about 30 minutes)
3)    Discussion on presentation and new technologies, passing over information materials (about 15 minutes)
4)    Invitation to „Open Days” at the Mechanical Department as well as to taking part at workshops within „NMP for schools” campaign and in „XIV Lower Silesian Festival of Sciences 2011” at the Mechanical Department of Wroclaw University of Technology (about 10 minutes).

The  schedule of the visits to 10 high schools located in the Lower Silesia region is presented in the table below.

WhenSchool   Town
18 May 2011High School No 1Oława
20 May 2011High School No 2 Oława
23 May 2011High School No 14Wrocław
26 May 2011High School No 2 Świdnica
27 May 2011High School No 2 Wałbrzych
06 June 2011High School No 7Wrocław
07 September 2011High School  Rawicz
12 September 2011Integrated Group of High Schools
15 September 2011High School  No 9Wrocław
16 September 2011
High School Kłodzko

1.1    Workshops for pupils (March – September, 2011)

Workshop 1:  Application of innovative technologies: Rapid-Prototyping, Reverse Engineering and 3D digitizing

1)    Introduction to 3D scanning
a)    Introduction into inspection techniques, control techniques and Reverse Engineering connected with measurement of metrological values.
b)    Detailed description of 3D GOM Atos II digital scanner.
c)    Answering questions of participants and discussion connected with ideas for application of the technology explained.

2)    Practical part (3D scanning)
a)    Basic training concerning maintenance of the device.
-    Software handling.
-    Learning of how to approach the issue.
b)    Choice of an object to scan.
c)    Preparing the model for scanning process.
d)    Scanning process.

3)    Summary (3D scanning)
a)    Discussion of eventual problems that arose during the scanning process.
b)    Discussion.

4)    3D modelling
a)    Discussion the STL data format and basics connected with editing files of that format.
b)    To become familiar with a program to edit STL files.
c)    Discussion failures in models as well methods of their fixing.
d)    Loading a file got as the result of 3D scanning and its editing.
-    Removing redundant elements from the file.
-    Replenishment of gaps in the model.
-    Smoothing the surface of the model.
-    Removing wrong triangle figures.
-    Checking correctness of the model.
-    Recording the model into a file.

5)    Construction of a physical model
1)    Becoming familiar with rules of functioning of a device from the group of incremental technologies devices – 3D printer.
2)    Presentation of the 3D printer software.
3)    Independent preparing of 3D model for printing.
-    Loading the file to 3D printer software.
-    Positioning of the model on a platform.
-    Coloring the model.
4)    Independent preparing of the device to start the physical modeling process.
-    Becoming familiar with manual handling of the device.
-    Preparation of a basis layer to be applied under the model.
-    Checking of device preparation for the work.
5)    Observation of the running process.
6)    Independent pulling out of the built model from the printer’s chamber and its clearing using compressed air.
7)    Preparation of the device for the next process
-    Transfer of the unused powder.
-    Cleaning and maintenance of the device.

6)    Hardening of the model
a)    Becoming familiar with different ways of models’ hardening, their mechanisms of functioning in concrete cases.
-    Epoksy resin.
-    Cyanoacrylates.
-    Wax.
b)    Problems and threats during model hardening.
-    Surface impregnation.
-    Cracking of the model.
-    Breaking off of small parts.
-    Streaking and hardening of hardly accessible areas.
c)    Preparation of a mixture of epoxy resin for models’ hardening.
d)    Impregnation of  models.
e)    Preparation of models to dry.

Workshop 2: Construction and programming of „Bioloid” robot kit

1)    Dividing the participants into 2 subgroups. Discussion with each group the goal of the workshop, checking the level of knowledge of the participants.

2)    Discussion on subject „Of what is built a robot?” Introduction of basic concepts from the area of robotics. Division into mechanical part and electronic part. Discussion basic rules at robot’s construction. Discussion of types of robots.

3)    Introduction into electronics. Presentation to the youth of the rules of creating printed circuits. Presentation of in which way printed circuits are manufactured. Exposure of the laminate and allowing for the digestion.

4)    Short presentation of the state of the art of knowledge from the area of robotics. Presentation showing commercial walking robots accessible on the market (especially humanoidal ones). Presentation of newest technologies and trends.

5)    Discussion of abilities of the "Bioloid” robot kit. Showing to the youth the possible configurations of the kit. Presentation of rules of elements functioning, presentation of sensors and possibilities of their application.

6)    Discussion regarding choosing configuration of robot for further activities within the workshop.

7)    Realisation of mechanical part of the robots in subgroups of participants.

8)    Discussion regarding process of robot constructing.

9)    Presentation of realised construcions by each subgroup.

10)    Implementation of ICT part of the built robots in subgroups.

11)    Soldering electronic components on the plate and programming the processor.

12)    Summary of the workshop.

1.2    Lectures and accompanying events within „XIV Lower Silesian Science Festival 2011” (September, 2011)

Within „Lower Silesian Science Festival 2011” there is planned a separate block of at least 10 presentations, lectures and additionally workshops under the name "NMP for schools” with the information that the action is supported by European Commission and ETP ManuFuture and is joined with the ManuFuture 2011 conference. The thematic block will be realized by employees of Mechanical Department and the events will take place in laboratories of Mechanical Department of Wroclaw University of Technology. The information will be published on special website and in special edition of festival information folder.

There are planned at least 10 lectures and presentations from the area of:

1)    Application of modern innovative technologies of design and manufacturing including rapid prototyping and laser technologies in industry and medicine (3 lectures).
2)    Applications of modern CNC machines, robots, industrial computer networks, PLCs and vision systems (4 lectures).
3)    Modern approaches of control in industrial machines as well as in transport (3 lectures).
There is planned the second edition of the rapid-prototyping and robotics workshops for youth and special visiting stands to be prepared similar as during the "Open Days” in March 2011.

1.3    Media campaign

Information about the „NMP for schools” campaign, its goals and content will be published on websites of Mechanical Department of Wroclaw University of Technology ( and Additionally the information about the „NMP for schools” thematic block will be published in the special information folder edited and published by the "Festival of Sciences”. Planned are information actions on main webpage of Wroclaw University of Technology ( as well as in TV („STYK”, „TV4”, regional TV within „Business and Innovation” block) and radio (Radio Wroclaw, "LUZ” academic radio).

Articles about FP7, NMP, ManuFuture and PPP „Factories of the Future” will be published in magazines that granted patronage to ManuFuture 2011 conference (like for example "Mechanik” (Mechanic), "Przeglad Mechaniczny” (Mechanical Review), "Magazyn Przemyslowy” (Industrial Magazine), "Forum Akademickie” (Academic Forum), "Pryzmat” (magazine for academics).