Introduction to Engineering Materials
Before we begin the activity, here is a brief introduction on how to select materials for engineering applications, in this case, a Niftylift boom. The materials properties must be considered to ensure that they are fit for purpose, taking many things into account. For example:
- Corrosion resistance
- Strength and stiffness
- Strength to weight ratio
- Cost environmental impact
- User requirements
By the end of this presentation you should know:
- The main categories and properties of engineering materials.
- To understand how the properties of materials affect how they are used.
- To be able to select an appropriate material for a Niftylift boom or construction.
Activity - Making an Articulating Boom
Download Articulating Boom Instructions
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Please take care when using sharp objects during this activity. We recommend that children under 12 are supervised by an adult.