Equipment, Tools and Lab-Stock
We hope this website is a SILAB tool. We want it to contain a lot of information and ideas to get you thinking about projects. We are continuously improving it, and we need your input. We would like you to see what is available in the lab, get access to some research material and see what others have done and motivate you to come to the lab and ask an Advisor for assistance. We hope that it contains information that will help you learn your way around the lab.
For more information on Lab Stock click here
1. Manual Lathe
2. Band Saw
3. Drill Press
4. 3D Printers
5. Scroll Saw
6. Belt and Disc Sander
7. Bench Grinder
8. Manual Mill
10. Tap and Die Set
11. Circular Saw
13. Power Tools
14. Hand Tools
15. Miter Saw
17. CNC Mill Machine
18. Desktop Computers with Various Programs
19. 3D Scanner
20. Power Supplies
21. Lab Stock
The manual lathe is used for turning cylindrical objects into a variety of shapes. This machine can handle wood, plastic, aluminum. The machining process is called turning as the tool is stationary while the part spins in the chuck (opposite to milling).
Click here for HiTorque Bench Lathe User’s Guide
The band saw is used to make straight cuts on wood, plastic, aluminum. The blade is actually all 1 unit that spins on wheels inside the machine. This is not for precision cuts, but rather cutting down stock to then be machined using other processes.
The drill press is a standard machine shop machine that is used for simply drilling holes in various materials. This is used when greater precision is needed rather than using a cordless drill. Holes will be perfectly perpendicular to the surface of the part.
We currently have five (5), 3D printers in the Lab, including a MakerBot Replicator 2x, Prusa i3, Form2 by Formlabs, and Mojo by Stratasys. The printers can take different materials including PLA, ABS plastic, PETG, resin, and many others. These are rapid prototyping machines that are great for visual models and prototyping signs before conventional machining processes.
To know more about different 3D printers in the lab click here
The Scroll Saw is similar to the band saw, although for more precision cuts. This saw can handle materials up to about ¼ inch thick, and can make curved cuts unlike the band saw.
Click here for DREMEL 16” Scroll Saw manual
Belt and Disc Sander
The belt sander is used for sanding and finishing purposes. Wood, plastic, and aluminum can be sanded down using this machine. Great for applications where conventional sand paper would be time consuming.
The bench grinder is used to mainly grind down rough edges on steel parts. It can also be used to sharpen steel blades and tools. It is important to only use steel on this machine. It is normal for sparks to be present when grinding steel, so it is important to take proper safety precautions.
Click here for owner’s manual of the 8-inch bench grinder.
Manual NC Mill
The manual mill is similar to the NC mill although without the added computer control. The machine moves in 3 axis, and can machine wood, plastics, aluminum. Ask an advisor if uncertain about what speeds and feeds to use when machining parts.
Click here for the user guide for NC Mill
An oscilloscope is a device that is commonly used to display and analyze the waveform of electronic signals. In effect, the device draws a graph of the instantaneous signal voltage as a function of time. This is located in the electronics section of the lab.
Click here for user guide of Hewlett-Packard oscilloscope
Tap and Die Set
The Tap and Die set is used for making internal and external threads on various materials (usually aluminum or steel). We have many different sizes including metric and standard options.
The circular saw is mainly used to cut large pieces of stock down to sizes that are easier to work with. The circular saw can only be operated under the supervision of a Lab Advisor. If interested in using this piece of equipment, speak with an Advisor.
Click here for user manual of the circular saw.
The planer is used to create boards with even thickness throughout. Simply feed the wood stock into the machine and have a push block push it to the other side. Repeat this process until the desired thickness is attained. Be careful to not stick your hands inside the machine at all times.
Click here for 13” thickness planer manual
The lab is always stocked with just about every hand tool that you may need to work on your project. These include wrenches, screwdrivers, chisels, and hammers to name a few. Ask an advisor if you are having trouble locating a particular tool.
The lab has many different power tools for a variety of applications. These include: drills, heat guns, disc sander, buffer, rotary saw, and dremel to name a few.
The miter saw is used to cut wood. It does straight cuts and has a laser light attached to it to help pinpoint the location at which the cut needs to be. It can also readjusted to cut a various angles ranging from 0-90 degrees. Be sure to clamp the piece of wood with the provided clamp on the machine before cutting. The machine has a very powerful recoil so be extremely careful when operating it.
Click here for 12″ (305 mm) Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw manual
The jointer is used to create flat surfaces and straight edges on the wooden stock. Apply as little pressure to the board as possible as the feeding technique is mostly directional. Use hold-downs to feed the stock onto the machine.
Click here for user manual of 6” Bench Top Jointer
CNC Mill Machine
Input STL files into a computer program and the tools will machine the part. This machine can travel in 3 axis. It has its own proprietary software from Roland so GibbsCAM is not necessary.The CNC mill is used to machine foam, plastic, wood, but not metal. CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control.
Click here for Roland Modela MDX-40A user Manual
Desktop Computers with Various Programs
There are 2 desktop computers in the tinker lab for use by any students in the lab. Programs include Solidworks, Creo, and Arduino to name a few. The computers are especially useful for setting up CAD models for 3D printing.
(11/15/20 Currently not working. We are researching getting a new one.)
The 3D scanner in Tinker is the Makerbot Digitizer, and available for students to scan parts into 3D printable files. For an object to be scanned, it must fit within a cylinder with a diameter of 8″ and a height of 8″, (20.32cm and 20.32cm). This design obtained can be further enhanced using 3D Systems software before printing the final design on one of our high resolution printers in the lab.The scanner will not scan objects that are transparent or reflective, and has difficulty scanning parts that are dark in color.
Click here for Sense 3D Scanner manual
The lab has both AC and DC power supplies to service all of your electronic needs. Ask and advisor if you are not sure how to operate these devices, as they can be very dangerous if used incorrectly. These are located in the electronics section of the lab.
Lab – Stock
- Sheet metal
- Assorted Dowels
- PVC Pipes
- Metal Rods
- Assorted electronic parts
- Assorted wire
- Assorted batteries & motors
- Assorted nuts, bolts, screws, and fasteners
We update this list at the end of each semester.
Current Order List. This is the list of items ordered after 12/13/19. It is updated live.
Please use these lists to identify stock and where it is located. Also, what has been ordered and has arrived. What is missing from this information is what has been used. So, what you find may not be accurate. See an Advisor for assistance or to order supplies.