EMS Articles

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


  • 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
  • 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