Engineering Students Take on Archery Challenge

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Thursday June 14 2018

Pictured: Engineering lecturer David Shepherd with students Neil Pirritt, Seb Beaumont, and Xavier Byrne.

Engineering students at Inverness College UHI, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, have designed a frame which will make it easier for a person with a disability to shoot an arrow using a bow.

Bowhunter Archery challenged the students studying NC Mechanical and NC Electrical/Electronic Engineering to come up with a solution to make it easier for people of all abilities to enjoy the sport.

The students investigated the challenges, developed ideas and came up with a design for an adjustable frame, which can be secured to the ground and will hold a standard bow in a clamp.

It can be used by wheelchair users as well as people with upper body mobility issues.

The engineering students used state of the art 3D scanning, rapid prototyping and imaging technology to design the clamp.

Fabrication and welding students supported construction of the frame, while the painting department provided the finish.

Students recently visited Bowhunter Archery to test the frame, which could be in use at the Ardersier site by the end of June.

Bowhunter Archery near Ardersier is the only dedicated Outdoor Field Archery Centre in the Highlands that welcomes visitors of all archery abilities.

The company works with community groups, charities and schools and wants to make it easier for people with a disability to access the sport.

Andy MacKinnon, owner of Bowhunter Archery, said:

“We are always looking into ways to make archery a sport that is accessible to all, working on this project has hopefully helped the students to think outside the box and see a slightly different perspective within design and construction. 

“They have all done a brilliant job too!”

The NC Electrical/Electronic students have also designed a sound box for Bowhunter’s 3D fun target sessions, where people get to shoot targets including dinosaurs, zombies, dragons and field animals.

Electrical Electronic Engineering Students – Duncan Fraser, Kieran Sarwar and Callum Lyon.

The sound box will be used to play realistic sounds during the fun target sessions.

David Shepherd, engineering lecturer at Inverness College UHI, said:

“Our links with industry are important and we are always looking for live projects for our students to work on.

“It’s not only a great and enjoyable experience for them and the client, it also allows the students to apply the theory to the practical in the most effective way.

“It’s also wonderful for these students to be able to design something that will be used and will make a difference to these archers.”

Inverness College UHI runs a range of engineering courses, from electrical and electronic, to mechanical, energy engineering, and civil engineering.

It also works with employers to provide training for a range of apprenticeships in the discipline.

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