Today was an exciting day; I visited a model shop and got to see my design come to life! Seeing my design in person was a real joy, especially after learning about the rigorous design process. I must have gone through five designs until finally coming up with a design that met our criteria. We had various concerns in the design of the sensor casing. A big concern was that it releases no off-gases. With this being said, we had to make sure that no adhesives would be used in the assembly. Another concern of ours was that it should be something simple to assemble and that it use easily accessible materials.
Mejay was the one with the connection to the model shop and was the one who took me there. It turns out she used to work there and she told me that they work on projects for firms in Chicago and abroad. I had never been in a place like this before and did not know what to expect, but I was looking forward to the experience. When I first walked in I was introduced to a few individuals and bewildered by the scenery. There were many machines, models scattered all around, and people hard at work. The atmosphere there was great and the interior design was breathtaking. The interior featured brick walls, exposed piping and electrical fixtures, a really cool sliding door, and an umbrella on a desk! The sliding door really stood out to me because the rail was behind a cover made of rusted metal which gave it a raw sophisticated industrial look.
The interior design of the place wasn’t the only interesting thing there; a lot of the models and machines there were amazing. The laser cutter looked like a big, long plotter. To my surprise the laser could not be seen when working. I also learned that they are currently working on tiny models for a skyscraper in China. They also had a couple models of the Burj Khalifa and a giant tube of Colgate toothpaste.

Today has been a rewarding experience because the sensor casings were completed. It was really cool to be able to see my design come to life because it’s not very often that something you design gets built.