When Ms. Oropallo gave us the disappointing news that we would not be able to build an actual energy powering wind turbine, we all were a little let down. However, as MSELers we all knew we weren’t going to give up. This turbine was going to be built in some way or another.

Luckily, we have support from so many people and Autodesk was willing to make our hopes a reality. We were going to make this wind turbine from a 3D printer. As a class, we knew we had to make this happen. The IJ was coming and we wanted to show them something impressive.

Step by step we are figuring out how to make this wind turbine model the best we can. Unfortunately, we could not just send autodesk a model made out toilet paper rolls and Arizona cans and hope it turned out well. Additionally a rough sketch without dimensions would not do the trick either. Autodesk Inventor was our answer.

All week we have been working on Autodesk Inventor building a dragster race car. For this race car we have a tutorial so we can teach everyone in the class every aspect of inventor. However, next we are going to be building our wind turbine which there is no tutorial for. We planned to have small groups each take on a different part of our wind turbine such as the pole, base, and blades. Once each group has perfected their part of the turbine with all the correct dimensions, we can put every part together. The next step is sending it to Autodesk and then printing the model.

Although we are all so focused in on this wind turbine Autodesk Inventor is a skill that we can use for just about anything. If we ever need to build anything and we know how to sketch it on autodesk we can make sure its perfect. MarinSEL Engineering is not just a class, its a toolbox of skills that we can use for years and years after the class.


  1. I really liked how you generalized the fact that sometime things dont always go as planned for us MSELers, but we don’t let that get us down and stop us from succeeding.We continue with our plans wether some aspects of the plan are successful or not. I completely agree with the fact that what we are doing in engineering right now will always be a good tool to have such as knowing how to use the inventor software. I feel very lucky that we get to have this software available to us.

  2. Way to not let the failure of the project bring you down. As Maya Angelou said, “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

  3. Sorry if I am commenting twice, I’m having technical difficulties.. but Chiara I really enjoyed your blog! I like how you explained the process you went through and also how the skills you learn in engineering are things that you can use in the future, not just in the class. Great job!

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