Learning Manufacturing

1929 Austin 7 Restoration Project

In May 2003, the 25 students, of the Masters Class at IT Delhi, and I stood around the 1929 Austin 7 and everyone was grinning – we had done it, the grin said.

In January when we started there were two facts – a course in technology that needed to be done and a derelict vintage car that needed restoring. I had taken the car into the classroom and had asked if the students would be interested in restoring the car as the way for them to learn about manufacturing processes.

The project answers the question: How best to learn about manufacturing processes when at university? This is one way to go about it. An enduring momory and student-transformative experience.

  • Set Up: Four Months of work, 25 students and help from workshop staff. A great looking car at the end.
  • Teaching practice highlights: Student-orientated, focus upon learning, Content of education is arbitrary, open to negotiation.
  • Course: Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Finishes,
  • Program: MDes Program, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
  • Year: 2003
  • Resources: Graduates from the automobile industry contributed components and materials.
  • Acknowledgement: Students of 2002 Batch, Honda, Royal Enfield, Daewoo.
  • Photography: Shailan Parker.