EMS Articles

This series of articles highlights a project or activity occuring in the Engineering Machine Shop.


  • June 06, 2016
  • The Seamans Center is undergoing a beautification project unlike any other. What once was a plain white wall created to temporarily block the construction on the second floor of the Seamans Center is now in the process of becoming a full-length mural, courtesy of the NEXUS project. When the project is completed, the 15 foot by 10 foot wall will be completely covered in art.

    May 04, 2016
  • Dr. James Wetzel created something out of this world using the 3D printers found in the Engineering Machine Shop. He was able to create a 3D model of the distribution of all of the dark matter in the entire universe. This was made possible by a simulation based on data from the Dark Energy Survey and the telescope associated with that project.

    April 14, 2016
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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