The School of Technology maintains a Machine Shop with comprehensive facilities available to Michigan Tech students. The shop also offers machining and fabrication services for the university research community.
The shop facility is made up of several distinct areas: the main shop area containing traditional metalworking machines including CNC and manual lathes and mills, bandsaws, drill presses, grinders, sanders, CNC plasma cutter and a welding area; an assembly area, where student groups have designated space; a prototyping and reverse-engineering room which includes a portable laser scanner and an industrial quality 3D printer; and a student computing area with six workstations and space for design briefings and team meetings. Students have the convenience of working through all phases of a project in one location: from design and computer modeling to fabrication to assembly. Additionally, shop hours are extended during the academic year to accommodate students’ schedules.
The primary focus of the shop facility is safety in all operations and strict guidelines are in place to provide a safe, clean and organized environment for working and learning.
What equipment is available?
The shop boasts a wide selection of equipment. View the full technical specs for each of the tools listed below.
- Five mills
- Five lathes
- Two drill presses
- Three band saws
- Three sanders, including one combination sander
- Two grinders
- Five different types of welders
- A hydraulic press
- A hydraulic press brake
- A notcher and a bender for working with piping/tubing
- A hydraulic metal shear
- A plasma cutter
- A CNC plasma table
- FARO Edge arm for scanning and measuring
- Stratasys Fortus 400mc 3D prototyping machine
What training is required?
The shop facility is open to all School of Technology students, and a limited number of other Michigan Tech students, who have completed the appropriate safety and machining skills training. Training sessions are offered during the first 2-3 weeks of each semester and enrollment in the sessions is limited due to space and available shop time. Priority is given to School of Technology students and selected students from Michigan Tech Enterprise Teams.
Contact Nick Hendrickson (link) to schedule training. We should have a registration page or some way of automating the process.