The Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering 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 industrial quality 3D printers; and a student computing area with six workstations and space for design briefings and team meetings.
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
- 3D Systems Figure 4 Standalone Industrial 3D Printer plus curing station
- 3D Systems Material Jetting MJP 3600
- See the Polymeric Additive Manufacturing Facility.
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.
- All Mechanical Technology students
- Mechanical Engineering Technology classes
- Senior Design teams
- Enterprise teams including Supermileage Systems, Blizzard Baja SAE, Clean Snowmobile, BoardSport Technologies, and Velovations
- Graduate students
- Faculty, staff and researchers
The shop facility is open to all students in technology programs, 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 students in technology programs and selected students from Michigan Tech Enterprise Teams.
Contact Nick Hendrickson to schedule training.
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.
Machine Shop Manual—safety and shop use guideline
Safety First Alert—sign up for emergency communications
Emergency Guide—information for emergency situations
Public Safety and Police Services—police programs and services
Facility Access—after hour building and room access