A final year Mechanical Engineering student at RMIT University is working with Melbourne-based WHR Devices to create bespoke models for motion simulators for a global market.
While most high fidelity motion simulators use three-degrees-of-freedom, manufacturer WHR Devices has patented six-degrees of axis motion simulation at a reduced cost and complexity when compared with existing systems.
They currently supply to the automotive, motorsport and defence markets with recent sales to both the UK and USA.
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) student, Daniel Mechea will help WHR Devices to expand their business by creating bespoke car and track models as part of his final year project through RMIT’s Engineering Learning Factory.
Mechea said there were many challenges with the work and trial and error played a large part in allowing the simulator to run well.
“This was very mentally challenging, as I got to a point where I felt like I tried everything and would start to doubt myself, however in the end perseverance prevailed,” he said.
While Mechea feels that his course work at RMIT contributed to his skill set, the most valuable skills he learned during the program were related to his mindset.
“I learned how to be a problem solver and to work hard to achieve a goal and this has given me the confidence to tackle difficult projects.”
Steve Hoinville, director of WHR Devices, said that the project will help to significantly broaden WHR Devices’ market reach.
“Daniel’s work to date has been quite successful, not only impressing us, but also one of our key commercial partners,” Hoinville said.
“His work has real potential and it opens doors in a raft of new industries and markets by providing us with the ability to design and deliver bespoke vehicle models and training scenarios in an expedient and efficient manner.”
The opportunity has enabled Mechea to put his skills into practice before graduating and has helped him to map his career path.
“Engineering is a tremendous field of work that shapes the way we live our daily lives while contributing to the world of tomorrow,” Mechea said.
“If I can enhance my skills and make my mark in this industry, I feel that would be a worthy goal.”
RMIT offers fully accredited engineering programs in aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, electronic, management, environmental, mechanical, automotive, mechatronics and manufacturing.