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  • College of Dentistry, Studio Arts and the Engineering Machine Shop collaborate on tooth molds

    What do you get when Dentistry, Studio Arts, and the Machine Shop all work together? A resin based composite tooth mold. Tracy D’Antonio DDS is working on a project in the Operative Dentistry Department of the Dental School. Her research is to find “what the most esthetic way to blend a resin based composite (RBC) onto a broken central incisor.” This means her research team is figuring out the most visually pleasing way to add tooth colored filling onto a broken front tooth.


    March 22, 2016
  • Engineering Machine Shop Creates Tiny Furniture for Starbucks

    In June, 2015, staff members in the College of Engineering’s Machine Shop, including Steve Struckman, the Machine Shop Manager, were contacted by a popular coffee chain to make some pretty interesting products.  The coffee chain? Starbucks. The products? Tiny café furniture. Let’s start at the beginning.

    February 24, 2016
  • Machine shop creates "airway trees" to help researchers understand anatomy

    Over the summer, students and staff at the Engineering Machine Shop printed “airway trees” for researchers in the Lung Biology and Cystic Fibrosis research group at UIHC.

    November 09, 2015
  • Building a Bicycle, Nearly Complete

    It was finals week. Angelina finished her bicycle frame and ordered parts and the coat color, mahogany which looks like copper with a purplish tint.. She will send the frame off to be powder coated soon, and it should be back in 1-2 weeks. Then instructor Steve McGuire will help her put the wheels, gears, chain, etc., together. She sent me some more photos and noted that she is "very proud and happy with the way [the bike] turned out.

    May 19, 2015
  • Building a Bicycle, Part 4

    Mid-April was warm and made me think about how bicycling is so much easier when there is no snow and ice. I wondered if Angelina Boulicault was nearly ready to ride her hand-built bicycle. Here's what she told me:

    April 30, 2015
  • Building a Bicycle, Part 3

    Just before spring break, I asked Angelina what she was doing in her bicycle class. In the previous article, the class was using AutoCAD 2015 to design their bikes. Here is what has happened since then:

    March 30, 2015
  • Building a Bicycle, Part 2

    When Angelina was in the fourth week of the bicycle class. I asked her what she was learning and what software she would use to design her bicycle. This image of a bicycle with parts labelled was a recent quiz; the class had to label all the parts of a bicycle.

    February 16, 2015
  • Building a Bicycle, Part 1

    To meet interesting students and find out about their projects, I suggest going to the Engineering Machine Shop, G450 SC. That is where I met Angelina Boulicault, who is taking the hand-built bicycle course, TDSN:4250, this spring. The class is described this way: “Building a bicycle frame by hand; use of CAD modeling and development of fabrication skills to create a modern-day work of art.” This series of articles will follow Angelina’s progress in designing and building her bicycle.

    February 05, 2015
  • More Cork Furniture

    Last semester Alex Zeppieri, a 5th year Civil Engineering major with an art minor, created a cork chair for his Environmental Design 1 class. This semester he is taking Furniture Design 1 with Monica Correia, the same instructor from last semester’s design class.  I found Alex by the waterjet cutter in the Engineering Machine Shop where he watched as a piece of cork that would become a foot stool to match the chair being cut. The footstool is just for fun because Alex noticed while sitting in his cork chair that his feet would have been happier being elevated.

    April 15, 2015
  • Lecture Room Seat Hardware

    Recently EMS got an order from Facilities Management (via the sheet metal shop) to duplicate a hard plastic piece with a metal version.

    May 06, 2015