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2019 Spring Recruitment

On-going
Online Application Form Closes
Friday 5th April
Interview Dates are yet to be confirmed.

We are looking to recruit 20-30 new REPs who can commit at least 5 hours a week to the space for the upcoming 2019/20 academic year.

We are looking for individuals who a willing to learn, who can commit energy and time to the space and preferably use the space regularly. Knowledge of maintenance and the workings of our machines is not compulsory for your  application. You will be fully trained in all of our equipment if you are successful in your application.

The interview process involves…

    • Online Form
    • One-One Interview
    • Technical Group Session
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Generative Design and 3D Printing in Virtual Reality Lab

May 2019

See present dates under ‘Ongoing Events’

How did it start?

Our great Senior Teaching Technician, Ryan Jones, who is supporting iForge with his expertise wanted to teach and pass his skills and knowledge to students and Reps. To increase our community of well-skilled people in design and safe manufacturing. 

How does it work?

These are sets of workshops running on variable times and dates. Ryan explains the theory and gives participants a chance to practice it using the equipment and doing a real piece of work! 

What is the role of iForge Team?

The Student-Reps invited to participate and learn how to run a workshop and teach others. The long-term goal is to increase expertise and have these sessions run by Reps only. 

Additionally, Events Team is organising the participants and coordinating the logistics, collaborates with publicity and whole iForge Team. To make sure everything is in place and run according to our H&S Regulations for each session.

Want to get involved?

You will learn:

  • Designing with Fusion 360
  • Exporting files for 3D printing
  • Slicing models
  • Using 3D printers

There are limited spaces – First Come First Served! Sign up once the opportunity comes. You will be invited to the event on Google Calendar once we confirm your place!

Would you like to run your own free workshop using our equipment?

Have you got a desire/ need for any other workshop? 

Tell us!

Get in touch via events.iforge@sheffield.ac.uk

Autodesk Software Packages
Fusion 360

October-November 2018

See present dates under ‘Ongoing Events’

How did it start?

Fusion 360 plays a vital role in design for our equipment in iForge. Therefore our great Senior Teaching Technician, Ryan Jones, who is supporting iForge with his expertise wanted to teach and pass his skills and knowledge to students and Reps. 

How does it work?

These are sets of workshops running on variable times and dates. Participants work with Ryan in the high-spec computer lab and get a good grasp of theory and design practice. Next, Ryan takes students to iForge and use CAD design and test iit via manufacturing. 

What is the role of iForge Team?

The Student-Reps invited to participate and learn how to run a workshop and teach others. The long-term goal is to increase expertise and have these sessions run by Reps only. 

Additionally, Events Team is organising the participants and coordinating the logistics, collaborates with publicity and whole iForge Team. To make sure everything is in place and run according to our H&S Regulations for each session.

Want to get involved?

The workshop may take a different form in the future. There are limited spaces – First Come First Served! Sign up once the opportunity comes. You will be invited to the event on Google Calendar once we confirm your place!

Would you like to run your own free workshop using our equipment?

Have you got a desire/ need for any other workshop? 

Tell us!

Get in touch via events.iforge@sheffield.ac.uk

CNC Router & Pewter Casting

February-March 2019
October-November 2018

See present dates under ‘Ongoing Events’

How did it start?

Our great Senior Teaching Technician, Ryan Jones, who is supporting iForge with his expertise wanted to teach and pass his skills and knowledge to students and Reps. To increase our community of well-skilled people in design and safe manufacturing. 

How does it work?

These are sets of workshops running on variable times and dates. Ryan explains the theory and gives participants a chance to practice it using the equipment and doing a real piece of work! 

You will learn:

  • CNC router training.
  • Routing set design
  • Setting tools and working off-sets.
  • Pewter casting.

What is the role of iForge Team?

The Student-Reps invited to participate and learn how to run a workshop and teach others. The long-term goal is to increase expertise and have these sessions run by Reps only. 

Additionally, Events Team is organising the participants and coordinating the logistics, collaborates with publicity and whole iForge Team. To make sure everything is in place and run according to our H&S Regulations for each session. 

Want to get involved?

The workshop may take a different form in the future. There are limited spaces – First Come First Served! Sign up once the opportunity comes. You will be invited to the event on Google Calendar once we confirm your place!

Would you like to run your own free workshop using our equipment?

Have you got a desire/ need for any other workshop? 

Tell us!

Get in touch via events.iforge@sheffield.ac.uk

Unique Woodworking Workshops with Finbarr Lucas

March-April 2019
October 2019
November-December 2019
February 2020
March 2020
April 2020

See present dates under ‘Ongoing Events’

Lucas Finbarr private workshop.

How did it start?

In 2018 Events Team contacted Lucas Finbarr with a simple initiative of running the workshops. We were intrigued by his exceptional skills and spotted an exceptional learning opportunity for both, students and Reps.  

What is the benefit for students?

Since then we are lucky to cooperate with Lucas Finbarr who is a fantastic, independent furniture designer/maker based in Sheffield (https://lnkd.in/dgUKpUD). Participants learn the forces involved in wood and furniture making, the philosophy of hand tool use, practical hand tool skills, their care and use and their benefits over machine or CAM.

How does it work?

There are two-course alternatives.  Beginners and Advanced Sessions, both consist of a three-parts. Remember about compulsory H&S online tests prior to attending.

Beginners Session includes three workshops. It is designed for you to explore wood as a material and the use and care of hand tools. It will also cover the principles of woodwork design and prepare students for the Advanced Session. 

Advanced Session includes making a piece of the woodwork with Lucas Finbarr supervision. Brief refresher in the use and care of hand tools. Principles of woodwork design. 

What is the role of iForge Team?

Reps play a vital role behind the scenes and publicise, encourage students to participate, inspecting attendees compulsory tests completion, organising the logistics, resources and facilities….

Want to get involved in 2020/21 & in the future?

It is a perfect ongoing workshop to get hands-on experience and learn more about wood design. If you are not familiar with iForge, please sign up too! It is a very good way for you to get involved in our makerspace! Sign up through this list.

Would you be interested in supporting this workshop or have an idea for a different one?

We are open to suggestions and we would love to cooperate with you and expand the community of passionate makers! 

We are self-funded student-led workshop. We are working hard to constantly expand our events activity. We seek sponsors and donors, if you would like to support us please contact us. 

Get in touch via events.iforge@sheffield.ac.uk 

 

2019 & 2020 3D Printing Bridge Construction Competition for the Students and Industry Teams 

February 19th – April 1st​

Brief initiation process of the competition.

Finals 2019.

Competition Advert 2020.

Finals Advert 2020.

iForge Team work in progress.

Interested in discovering more about Additive Manufacturing? It’s becoming a key player in the Construction Industry.

How did it start?

Every year since 2013 the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering has hosted a bridge-competition amongst students. Up until last year, the task was to build a bridge using spaghetti. In 2019 the student-led competition was modernised by Weronika Pawlowska (Head of Events Team & 2nd Year Civil and Structural Engineering Student) with cooperation with iForge Team, CivSoc & Civil and Structural Department. 

 Last year, the competition was successful and students benefit by developing transferable skills, additive manufacturing knowledge and practical skills in structural engineering applications see the 2019 video.

What is the challenge? 

The brief (2020 version) is being developed and improved each year by Weronika and academics. In glance, 4 members groups of students and industry participants are asked to design and 3D print a free-standing miniature bridge model. Students use the facilities available in the iForge. The bridges are tested with 3-points bending test, using Shimadzu, universal testing machine. The success is judged on max load/model weight ratio. In the 2020 version, additional concurrency was added for the structural design of the bridge. Secondly,  the real-life aspect of the design was improved through testing the competing prototypes with passing car miniature. 

 What are other benefits for students?

Additionally, this year the Launch Event & Guest Lecture with Ramboll has been organised. Everyone was welcome to come over and hear about the most exciting digital solutions form Ramboll, leading engineering, design and consultancy which employs more than 15,500 experts globally, with 300 offices in 35 countries. 

The above event, similarly to the Final Testing Day is designed to be a great networking opportunity. During which our industrial partners can meet keen students and the other way round. This year, we would like to say big thank you for support and sponsorship to: Mott MacDonald, Billington, Ramboll, RoC, AECOM, IStructE, and their participating teams: ‘AECOM’ and ‘Ramboll’.   

What is the role of iForge Team?

The iForge provides facilities and Student-Reps are responsible for supervising participants and industry teams in the 3D printing process. It requires organising a separate printing queue system and great coordination within whole iForge Team. To make sure all prints are ready to collect on time, each week before prototype-trial testing sessions.

Would you be interested in supporting us?

How to get involved? Are you representing Industry, Media, Other University, …?

Due to available sponsorship and facilities, we have a limit of accepting 15 approx competing teams. In 2020 we accepted 18 teams. We were truly amazed by the interest ( 36 teams signed up).

  • We are constantly working on improvements and expansion the competition by the number of participants, concurrencies. 
  • We encourage industry participants to form the team and compete against students
  • We seek sponsors, media promoting and the judges in the finals. There is a flexible way of sponsoring or supporting this student-led activity in any other way. 
  • We are open to cross-university cooperation and expand the competition in the future.

If you are interested in the above please get in touch (fill in this form). 

You are also welcome to contact us anytime with any other requests/ ideas.

Get in touch via civsoc3dbridge@sheffield.ac.uk.

Are you University of Sheffield Students who wants to continue & expand this competition success?

 We would like to utilise maximally student’s potential and willingness. Therefore we will support the next student ambassadors or departments in organising this or similar competition in the future. 

 If you would like to become the next (Civil Engineering or your Department) 3DP Student Champion and run this or similar AM competition, get in touch with us by filling out this form.   

Bike Maintenance

December 2019
Spring 2019
Autumn 2018

See present dates under ‘Ongoing Events’

How did it start? 

In 2018 iForge teamed up with members of the University of Sheffield Staff, including Stephen Beck, Tom Harrison George Stammers and William Allan. They had a desire to share their huge passion for bikes with students. After the H&S setup and other logistics discussions with iForge Events Team, multiple workshops finally took place! 

How does it work?

There are two-course alternatives.  Beginners and Advanced Sessions, both consist of one 2h long session. 

Beginners Session includes:

  • How to do a pre-ride safety check.
  • How to change an inner tube. 
  • How to maintain the drive chain. 
  • Brake adjustment & gear adjustment 

Advanced Session includes various topics on the students’ request. 

What is the role of iForge Team?

The Student-Reps are responsible for supervising participants and learning of the experts during the sessions. The long-term goal is to increase expertise and have these sessions run by Reps only. 

Additionally, Events Team is organising the participants and coordinating the logistics, collaborates with publicity and whole iForge Team. To make sure everything is in place and run according to our H&S Regulations for each session. 

Want to get involved in 2020/21 & in the future?

It is a perfect workshop to get hands-on experience and expand your bike maintenance knowledge! You will be able to BRING YOUR BIKE to the workshop. Remember about compulsory H&S online tests prior to attending.

For the upcoming sessions sign up, please check ‘Ongoing Events’. 

Would you like to share your feedback ?

We are working hard to improve our workshop, please leave feedback from your session under this form

Would you be interested in supporting us?

We are self-funded student-led workshop. We are working hard to constantly expand our events activity. We seek sponsors and donors, if you would like to support us please contact us. 

Get in touch via events.iforge@sheffield.ac.uk.

Christmas 2019

Ho ho ho…..

It was another iForge Christmas Eve☃️🎁❄️

Similarly to last year to get everyone in ‘iForge Christmasy spirit’, prior to the event, we have been sharing many easy DIY ideas that everyone could create. Ultimately the Events Team prepared templates and set-up ready for use at the event! 

Prepared templates list you can see here (activities list ), alongside with CAD files. Feel free to use them!

Crucially, as any this type of event, it was open for EVERYONE from across the different university courses with high or zero-level of manufacturing skills. 

Students were also encouraged to come with their own ideas for decorations and gifts such as baubles, snowflakes, cards and more!

 A large number of trained iForge Reps were happy to help users🎄🤶🏼

Why get involved?

Make your own free, personalised Xmas presents and decorations and have fun together with our iForge Team! 🎅😊

Unlock the full potential of the iForge through using:

– The Workshop

– Laser Cutters (DXF file required)

– 3D Printing (STL files are required)

– Water-jet Cutter (DXF file required)

– Sewing Machine (Green and red felt will be provided)

– Electrical Station (We are looking at supplying electrical kits to make small Christmas trees that light up!)

We look forward to the next Xmas!

Notes:

We always require all attendees to have completed the induction training and any relevant pieces of training to the equipment they wish to use. 🛠 ☃️

 iForge is CLOSED for normal use during events such as this one.

Christmas 2018

Ho ho ho…..

It was the iForge Christmas Eve☃️🎁

To get everyone in ‘iForge Christmasy spirit’, prior to the event, we have been sharing on social media many easy DIY ideas that everyone could create. Ultimately Events Team prepared templates and set up ready for use at the event! 

Crucially, as any this type of event, it was open for EVERYONE from across the different university courses with high or zero-level of manufacturing skills. 

Students were also encouraged to come with their own ideas for decorations and gifts such as baubles, snowflakes, cards and more!

 A large number of trained and happy iForge Reps were happy to help users🎄🤶🏼

Notes:

iForge is CLOSED for normal use during events such as this one. We always require all attendees to have completed the induction training and any relevant pieces of training to the equipment they wish to use. 🛠❄️ 

Christmas 2017 & iForge Grand Opening

6th December was a big day for the iForge! 🎁🎄

We would like to thank Eve.kitchen for supplying us with amazing doughnuts for the evening networking/celebration event, University of Sheffield Careers Service for the other food and innocent for the fruity smoothies for our Xmas student event. 🔨⚙️☃️🤶🏼

Halloween 2019

Thank you to everyone who came to our Halloween event! We hope you had a great time and we enjoyed seeing you all getting creative with your spooky decorations 👻🦇🎃 

Need a Halloween costume…? User Tallulah and Rep Brandon created this amazing machine gun using Tallulah’s walking stick, some plywood and some foam! How cool 🤩🤩 

Crucially, as any this type of event, it was open for EVERYONE!

To help everyone enjoy the event regardless the level of manufacturing skills, Events Team prepared templates and set up ready for use at the event! 

 A large number of trained and happy iForge Reps were happy to help users🎃

Notes:

iForge is CLOSED for normal use during events such as this one. We always require all attendees to have completed the induction training and any relevant pieces of training to the equipment they wish to use. 🛠

Halloween 2018

Successful🎃🎆 Halloween event! Well done everyone, all your projects were amazing, hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! 😀 

Crucially, as any this type of event, it was open for EVERYONE!

To help everyone enjoy the event regardless the level of manufacturing skills, Events Team prepared templates and set up ready for use at the event! 

 A large number of trained and happy iForge Reps were happy to help users🎃

Notes:

iForge is CLOSED for normal use during events such as this one. We always require all attendees to have completed the induction training and any relevant pieces of training to the equipment they wish to use. 🛠

Halloween 2017

Our first Halloween in iForge! It was great Halloween fun! 👻

At this event everyone attended could :

  • Laser carve pumpkins (supplied by us)
  • Create shadow casters
  • Design and make bat bunting and lanterns!
  • Enjoy a Halloween film 

Crucially, as any this type of event, it was open for EVERYONE from across the different university courses with high or zero-level of manufacturing skills. 

 A large number of trained and happy iForge Reps were happy to help users🎃

Notes:

iForge is CLOSED for normal use during events such as this one. We always require all attendees to have completed the induction training and any relevant pieces of training to the equipment they wish to use. 🛠

Women in Engineering Evening 2018

Great to have the University of Sheffield Women in Engineering society at the iForge, breaking the gender stereotype💪.

Dinosaur keyrings, jewellery, clock faces – the possibilities were endless! An exciting evening of getting members acquainted with the space/equipment and encouraging them to create their own designs and inspire each other – we hope to see some of them back in the iForge soon!

Icebreaker 2018

MEET US & CRACK ON WITH YOUR FIRST PROJECTS!

It was an event for everyone to come along to meet some of the team, see what the iForge is about! iForge Events Team prepared templates, activities and items to take away! 

Students were making:

  • A Name Badge
  • A Personalised Photo Keyring 
  • Diamond Keyring ->Grab CAD file for you to use!
  • An iForge Sticker

'Get up to Speed' with STEM Autumn 2018

We would like to share our great experience from two outreach events we attended on Wednesday the 27th of March!!

We were invited to the Magna Science Adventure Centre, with 2500 students to facilitate. It was a highly interactive event aimed at showcasing the sector, its employers and employment opportunities to school children, students, parents and teachers. We were really proud to share our experience and introduce iForge to others!

We would love to inspire more generation of STEM Makers or Engineers!

Let us know if you would like to us to attend at your event! 

Get in touch via events.iforge@sheffield.ac.uk

Exploring STEM for Girls Spring 2018

We were invited to be at the Octagon at the Exploring STEM for Girls Event!

The event is for approximately 400 Y9-11 girls to explore their options in STEM subjects, related careers and pathways. The exhibition included many engineering, physical sciences and mathematical based hands-on demonstrations. Again, it was amazing to speak to children and get them interested in iForge, engineering and University of Sheffield!

Let us know if you would like to us to attend at your event! 

Get in touch via events.iforge@sheffield.ac.uk

Outreach 2018 Spring Academy Sheffield

The iForge attended a great outreach event in Park Academy during their Aspiration Day!

Some of our excellent student reps and lead technician Ryan Jones represented iForge and inspired students years 7-11 with some 3D printing and maker-space products.

It was amazing to see interest in engineering from kids and inspire them even more.

Let us know if you would like us to attend your event! 

Get in touch via events.iforge@sheffield.ac.uk

Biodigester Hackathon Autumn 2019

The Diamond’s Green Impact Team and the iForge at The University of Sheffield were excited to announce a biodigester hackathon this November for all 1st and 2nd year engineering students.

Students worked in multidisciplinary teams to design and build a prototype biodigester which is housed in the Diamond integrated Pilot Plant.

Participants worked in the iForge workshop. We as Reps their help and expertise! We worked on 3h shifts to provide open makerspace and supervision for all participants! 

Let us know if you would like to organise similar events at our workshop! 

Get in touch via events.iforge@sheffield.ac.uk

TRADA University Challenge 2019

What an exciting weekend! 

This time, iForge joined in the WoodFest Campaign! We had a chance to host TRADA University Challenge 2019. 

The weekend long competition (Hackathon) event gathered 60 students from across the UK who in groups created 10 different designs of timber sustainable student accommodation building!

iForge Team assisted participants in making models in our student-led workshop, iForge at The University of Sheffield.

Let us know if you would like to organise similar events at our workshop! 

Get in touch via events.iforge@sheffield.ac.uk

AR' CITY SHEFFIELD
Autumn 2018

Digital Catalyst Placement with AutoDesk
Autumn 2018

Hackcessible 2018 & 2019

Hackcessible is the UK’s first multi-disciplinary make-a-thon that puts users at the heart of the project.

Work within a multi-disciplinary team and collaborate with individuals with disabilities to create in iForge workable products that support their needs, and have the potential to change lives. See video here.

Some truly inspiring stories and a fantastic bunch of students ready to take on tech challenges faced by people with disabilities!

Go to www.hackcessible.org for more information and to apply. Places are limited each year so apply as soon the possibility comes!

Siemens Students Hackathon Autumn 2019 (Sir William Siemens Challenge )

What is it?- Siemens Experience

Hackathon is a weekend competition. Students may be assigned to groups a few weeks before the competition weekend or be assigned on the first day. 

In Autumn 2019, the University of Sheffield iForge-Student-Led Makerspace hosted the third Siemens Hackathon, called ‘The Sir William Siemens Challenge’. It is a competition bringing engineering and data together to unlock your digital potential. Over three days, students work in a hybrid, multidisciplinary team on a project briefed by Siemens. Students network with an engineering giant and win a prestigious internship or graduate role.

 Video & Website. 

Why run it? – benefits to the company 

  • A more representative assessment centre.

Hackathon is an opportunity to see candidates working in a real team rather than in a simulated environment and also how they perform under pressure. 

The company will also see how students plan and manage their project work on overtime and how they react to the deadline and stressful environment. 

There are case studies of students who completed hackathons and are now employed by Siemens.

  • Increasing brand awareness within the university. 

The hackathon and brand visibility and presence within the campus university helps the company to reach out and impress more potential applicants who will truly understand the company’s values. 

Why run it in an iForge workshop supervised by University of Sheffield students? – Siemens Experience 

IForge has proven to be a reliable and inspiring body to work with. The supervision provided by students who run the workshop has been professional and acknowledged. In addition, Siemens Hackathon donations have enabled iForge to continually expand its equipment portfolio, to allow students to design, build and become more industry-ready graduates who stand out in the workplace and become leaders in innovation and enterprise. 

What are the risks for the company?

Siemens covered the cost and resources including travel, accommodation and food for the teams. 

However, the start-up hackathon may be done on a smaller scale, where the costs will be minimised. 

Interested in getting involved or running your hackathon?

We are actively looking for expanding our capabilities and skills. Additionally, we as a student-led, self-funded workshop, seek for sponsorships. 

 As explained above, we believe hackathons offer mutual benefits and we would like to hear from you if you are interested in cooperating with us! 

Get in touch via events.iforge@sheffield.ac.uk

Siemens Students Hackathon Autumn 2018 (Sir William Siemens Challenge )

We would like to share below the experience of winning Sam Maxwell and his team. For more information about hackathon please refer to Siemens Students Hackathon Autumn 2019 (Sir William Siemens Challenge ) above. 

“This weekend I worked in a multidisciplinary engineering team of 5, called Team Simotion, competing with 12 other university teams, in the first ever Sir William Siemens Challenge.. We were challenged to create an exciting and unique way of displaying data collected via sensors around the Diamond building at the University of Sheffield. This being part of the Siemens Mindsphere network.

We only had 48hrs to design, build and test our innovation, before presenting it to a panel of judges.

Testing our mental and physical capacities, we worked continuously as a team to produce our ‘Heart of the Diamond’! I’m very proud of what we achieved in a few days, having so much fun whilst doing so.

I’m incredibly grateful to have been part of the winning team, coming 1st in the debut year of the Sir William Siemens Challenge! 

Thank you so much to the staff at Siemens UK for organising this event and running it seamlessly, despite the late nights.

I’d also like to mention the help of the Engineering Staff at the iForge at The University of Sheffield. Letting us use such amazing equipment and lending a hand when needed.

This has been an unforgettable experience and I can’t wait to develop my knowledge even further.”

Siemens Staff Hackathon Autumn 2019

We supported another Siemens Hackathon!

Roughly 40 staff designed, produced and presented creative products over 3 days to help improve the consumers experience with the railway system in the UK, creating models to demonstrate their ideas using the iForge

Thank you to all those involved for making it such an enjoyable event!

Interested in getting involved or running your hackathon?

We are actively looking for expanding our capabilities and skills. Additionally, we as a student-led, self-funded workshop, seek for sponsorships. 

 As explained above, we believe hackathons offer mutual benefits and we would like to hear from you if you are interested in cooperating with us! 

Get in touch via events.iforge@sheffield.ac.uk

 

UNIMAKER 2019

We organised a unique event designed to showcase academic makerspaces and to promote a growing makerspace community!  UNIMAKER took place on the 12th and 13th of September in the Diamond. 

Massive Thank you to The University of Sheffield Members of Staff who led the organization of UNIMAKER-The First UK Academic Makerspace Forum in iForge at The University of Sheffield !

From the Rep perspective, it was a great experience to show our work to Delegates from 22 Universities! Also, we had a chance to listen & learn about Unimaker successes from Representatives of Georgia Institute of Technology (Craig Forest) & UCL (Zoe McLaughlin). 

Student-Led maker-space was confirmed to be truly a rewarding initiative for students and the wider community. 

See the video from 2019.

Looking forward the next year! 

Interested in getting involved?

  • Are you a student or member of the university staff who would like to make a difference and initiate a makerspace at your university?
  • Are you a supplier who would like to showcase your products and offer your service?
  • Are you experienced in running student-led makerspace from anywhere in the world?
  • Are you just genuinely interested in our and others work?

Then, please get involved! We would love to meet you and share our experience!

To know how to get involved, please see info here.