Just a short post to share an excellent resource and idea for a small project in the new Topic 4: Raw Material to Final Product which encompasses much of the old units of Materials and Structures – with the following areas :-

Mechanical properties: tensile and compressive strength, stiffness, toughness, ductility, elasticity, plasticity, Young’s modulus, stress and strain

This blog post will take you to a project to produce a DIY Material testing machine to be able to measure the “Charpy Impact Test” for different materials. What is even better is the files for creating and how to create it are all free and open source – and free to download here – https://www.youmagine.com/designs/diy-material-testing-machine#!design-documents.

Maybe a project to get students involved in – however you will need a 3D Printer to be able to produce it fully.