EMS Articles

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


  • 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
  • Back in October 2014 the EMS 3D-printed 7 cases that house prototype detector elements  that are used to measure the energy of particles. James Wetzel from Physics who ordered the cases explained, "We will put the detector elements inside the printed tiles, and then stick them in a beam of known energy to see how well they can measure its energy.

    April 09, 2015
  • 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
  • The Mahaska County Conservation Board has acquired bones from the Oskaloosa mammoth, and a tibia, mammoth tibia vertebra, and hyoid from that collection were in the EMS for scanning and reproduction in the 3D printers. With the new FARO 3D scanner, scanning the tibia, which is about 27 inches long, is easy.

    March 05, 2015
  • The Engineering Machine Shop recently acquired a Faro arm laser scanner, and one of the first people to use it was Leah Taylor. Leah is a 1st year’s Masters BME (Biomedical Engineering) student, who does research in the UI Orthopaedic Biomechanics Lab (UIOBL). She scanned a model of a human femur. I asked her why, and got this elegant description of the orthopaedic surgical skills simulator project she is working on.

    February 27, 2015
  • 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