Graduate Student at work in the mprl lab

Projects completed in the MIME Machining and Product Realization Laboratory range from undergraduate course assignments to faculty research tools. Items may be fabricated from a variety of materials including plastics, composites, ceramics, and metals. The following MPRL equipment facilitates this work:

  • 9 engine lathes
  • 10 vertical milling machines
  • 4 CNC vertical milling machine centers (3-axis, one 4-axis)
  • 2 CNC turning (lathe) center
  • Electro Arc Metal Disintegrating Machine
  • EDM burning machine
  • MIG and TIG welders
  • Sheet metal fabrication tooling
  • Dimension BST Rapid Prototyping Machine
  • Fortus 400mc Rapid Prototyping Machine
  • Wood sawing and shaping tools

The MPRL also uses a variety of CAD/CAM software tools, including Solid Works for and EdgeCam, for solid modeling and computer-aided manufacturing.