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William Megill

FabAcademy 2019 - the Adventure Continues!

CPD was never so intense

This is my second go at the FabAcademy. I started last year, but the Day Job got in the way, and I had to drop the course about two-thirds of the way through. This site is a mix of last year’s content and new stuff for this year. Please use the links below or the ones in the menu bar above to navigate the site.


I’m already a professor, but I’m going back to school. Design and digital manufacturing have come a long way in the last few years, and it’s time I got caught up. I’m looking forward to the challenges we’re about to face together, and to the network we’ll build overcoming them all.

My Lab

The FabLab Kamp Lintfort is well known to all, I’m sure. It’s a happy, busy place, where young people (and some old ones too) get to explore modern design and manufacturing. One of my goals is to integrate it and the complementary ENSPIRE project on our Cleves campus more concretely into the teaching curricula of our engineering degrees.

Final Project

My plan in 2018 was to build a new robot submersible called Trichitalchen. It was to be a three-fin propelled underwater robot designed to explore weed-choked shallow lakes and canals with a side scan sonar. The concept was inspired from an exam question I set my students a few years ago. Its first real job would have been to map the bicycles and other junk buried in the mud at the bottom of the canal through our campus. One of these days I will build it, but it might not be in 2019.