The machining lab provides an opportunity for students to learn modern manufacturing processes and techniques. It is also used to prototype manufacturing projects, and provides fundamental engineering research support. As an educational lab, it is used to offer students hands on experience in manual and computerized machining of metallic and composite materials. The lab emphasizes modern processing machinery and manufacturing aids such as computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM). The lab provides a safe environment for the students to experience the journey from conceptual CAD geometry and solid modeling to tool paths and numerical control (NC) code generation and finally to a finish machined product.
This lab is used for demonstration and projects in several manufacturing courses for carrying out milling, cutting, and drilling of different materials. This state-of-the-art shop is equipped with a HAAS VF2 Vertical Machining Center, 2 Sharp 1224 Vertical Machining Centers, an OKUMA LB 15 CNC 12 Station Turret Lathe, a FANUC TAPE CUT W0 Wire EDM, a HARDINGE HLV-H Toolroom Lathe, a Sharp SG618 Surface Grinder, 2 BRIDGEPORT vertical mills, a LEBLOND 16” engine lathe, 3 BRIDGEPORT Series I-CNC vertical mills w/Anilam Controls, a GROB vertical band saw, a CLAUSING-COLCHESTER 15” engine lathe, a KEARNEY TRECKER horizontal mill, and a RUEMELIN sand blaster. The lab also has 2 computer stations using Virtual Gibbs Cad Cam, Delcam’s ArtCam, and Solid Works softwares.