Like many engineers, Gilmour’s interest in building and inventing came at a young age. “As a kid I would spend hours building gizmos and gadgets out of Legos and Construx, as a teenager I built BMX bikes to ride and race, and while working as an arborist in my 20s, I would take apart and rebuild chainsaws and other power equipment,” Gilmore said. “I decided to capitalize on this interest and returned to school in my thirties, receiving a diploma in mechanical engineering technology two and a half years ago. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that my love for engineering design and tasty libations would be a possible career option!”
Gilmour was introduced to the basics of 2D and 3D modeling in CAD classes in tech school. After he graduated, he honed his SOLIDWORKS skills on a number of projects including a large project where he helped develop sport simulators for Olympic museums.
While Gilmour went back to school to pursue his mechanical engineering degree, Phillips Brewing and Malting Co. (a small-batch craft brewery in Victoria, British Columbia where Gilmour is now a maintenance engineer) actually sponsored his capstone project, which was designed entirely in SOLIDWORKS. “My classmates and I designed and built a Growler-filling vending machine dubbed the “Growlermatic.” Customers use a specially made token to have their growler filled by an automated machine that pressurizes the growler using CO2 before filling it with beer, which reduces the amount of O2 in the beer, lengthening shelf life and improving the flavor profile.”
Thanks to the work of smart engineers like David Gilmour, we can all enjoy our beer of choice and exploring new offerings is easier than ever before! The next time you have a beer, be sure to raise a glass to the people behind the brews. Not all heroes wear capes! Check out Phillips Brewing cool beers and gear here. Read more about how Phillips Brewing engineers its equipment in CAD in this blog post.
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