Conception Projects

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    In the second year, INSA students are confronted to a new type of exercise : Conception projects. Their aim is to make students develop a prototype AND build it with the production tools available in Premier Cycle (Usinage, Construction métallique et prodution automatisée). The nature of the projects are really different across the years, and even across the different groups ! However, we can distinguish 2 kind of projects : one where different groups compete against each other with prototypes respecting the same rules, and the more isolated ones where there is no competition, the only goal to achieve is to make it work (as well as possible…). The second one can seem less interesting but in fact some students have the luck to work with professionals making the work of real research units. For example, our SCAN Second have 3 projects: A 3D printer, a tennis ball launcher, and a nut crasher.

    This year’s competition is called “PC-BALL” and consists in creating a tennis ball launcher that is accurate enough to aim a trash bin at 5 meters or a person at 7 meters (This person will catch the ball with a net).
The video below is last year project, a vehicle controlled by a phone or a joystick.

       The idea behind it is to reuse all the knowledge about conception and production we have accumulated during the first and the beginning of the second year (conception lectures are important). These project are really relevant in an engineering formation, this is the time when you come the closest to your future work. This kind of project is what separate the first cycle of INSA of the other classical Prepas (with the level in Math), i.e. much more “applied” subjects: not only pure Math and Physics.


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In January, the scan 1st do not have as many DS as the other first cycle groups, they come later in the semester. Instead the students are involved in several SCAN projects. A group of students (4 to 6) works in partial autonomy to study a given situation during two weeks and will present it as well as their realisation in front of the group and some teachers. Each group is supervised by a second cycle teacher, to stay in the right direction. This is a small presentation of the projects you can encounter:

Robot Design

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Have you ever dreamed of building a robot? Build one with legos and program it to make it grab a glass and transport it to another place.

With Fabrice Ville


Patient Monitoring System

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Imagine and design a new patient health monitoring system that will be presented to potential investors.

With Eric McAdams



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Implement and study the methods used to find prime numbers, required in numerous modern cryptographic systems, just like in The Imitation Game!

With Mathieu Cunche


Shape Memory Polymers

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SMPs are the future of the thermally actived weak bicompatible molecular bonds! Design and manufacture various SMPs with INSA’s own 3D printers.

With Julien Réthone & Anne Maynadier


Felix Baumgartner

See original imageIn 2014 Mr. Baumgartner fell from 30km up in the stratosphere and engaged in the fastest freefall of history. Model the fall and compare your values to the data recorded!

With Sophie Casanova


Modelling Reservoir

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Have fun trying to study non solvable differential equations modelling the outflow of various reservoirs!

With David Pearson


Lego & Mechanical Design

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Have fun building a slider crank with legos! Study theoretically and experimentally the trajectories and speed of each joint with sensors.

With Fabrice Ville


Synthesis of music

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What’s behind your basic synthetizer? Understand the physics and maths of sound digitization in order to program our own music synthetizer!

With Jérôme Antoni


Non-circular chain wheel

See original imageWhy are elliptical chain wheels gaining interest in the cycling community? Study the mechanics of cycling, and the advantages and differences in performance of such spockets.

With Philippe Velex


A380 Airbus Floor

See original imageWith the RDM6 software, perform a theoretical study of the plane’s beams . What possible compromises are there between light and cheap materials, and resisting heavy loads.

With Sophie Casanova and Philippe Velex