The Faculty of Engineering was established in 1944 with three engineering departments of which Mechanical Engineering was one.
In 2006 the name of the Department changed to that of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, because the department is the home of the Mechatronics programme since 2001.
Covid-19 related assistance to Tygerberg campus
Our staff members Kevin Neaves and Cornel De Jongh are assisting Dr Rudolph Venter of Tygerberg campus with a 3D printing project. The project consists of printing headbands to fit onto protective shields for health workers.
Tygerberg campus has a group doing the final assembly of the shields. This assembly consists of a clear plastic sheet and elastic strap that is attached to the parts that M&M Engineering have printed.
The headbands are generally printed in a stack of 4 to reduce the amount of times you need visit the machine. The stack is then split and a minor cleanup is performed on the surfaces if necessary. We recently received a donation and have purchased an additional printer and consumables. The printer's assembly and first print can be seen in this video.
M&M is now running 5 printers for this project.
See printer assembly and first print here
Are you interested in science and technology? Are you innovative and self-motivated? Do you have an above average mathematics aptitude and are you a strong rational thinker? These qualities are ideal if you want to choose Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronic Engineering as a career.
Mechanical engineering is characterised by the field's involvement in structures, motion and transfer of energy.
Mechatronic engineering is a new focus area in engineering that promises to become even more important in the future, both in South Africa as well as internationally. With automation as the current key to productivity, the need for mechatronics (which makes it possible to generate simpler, more economical, reliable and versatile systems) increases by the day.
Leo Mc Nally graduated in 2014, Mr Peter Blaine supervised his final year project.
After graduating Leo furthered his interest and patented "The Cargo Strap Manager (CSM)", a clever device which easily attaches to a cargo strap to ensure that cargo is secured at all times. The benefits of this device include the prevention of cargo load shifting accidents, reduces the risk of loss and theft, GPS tracking for loading and unloading and warns the driver of an increase or decrease in the tension of the strap. The logo of his spin-out company is "Secure your cargo with certainty".
This innovation makes us proud and we wish Leo Mc Nally many years of ensuring our safety and securing cargo.
Our teaching and learning commenced online from Monday, 20 April, via SUNLearn. Updates and communiques regarding how the Covid-19 pandemic and isolation measures may affect studies can be obtained by following our SU social media links or the Covid-19 SU webpage https://bit.ly/SUcoronavirus