Students collaborate with NE Wire to model a flex testing machine

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BUILDING A MINIATURE FLEX TESTING MACHINE -- Students in Mark Humphreys' Manufacturing class at Littleton High School recently collaborated with New England Wire Technologies in a project to model a real flex testing machine. The students from LHS worked with Mike Longchamps (mechanical engineer) and Kyle Kinsey (electrical engineer) of NEWT several times each month during the spring 2014 semester to analyze and "reverse engineer" one of the company's full-size flex testing machines in order to build the miniature flex tester model. Students benefited by learning real world skills in developing a prototype from an idea. On June 17, the LHS students presented the flex tester model to the representatives of New England Wire Technologies and discussed the experiences and challenges they faced while working on the project. Participants included: from left, Alan Smith (Hugh Gallen Career & Technical Center director at LHS), Kyle Kinsey (NEWT), students Garret Millen, Austin Nason, Kevin Fillion, Frank Porfido III and Jacob Houghton, Mark Humphreys (instructor at LHS), and Mike Longchamps (NEWT).

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