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  • Personalize It in the Electronics Shop

    June 09, 2014

    You can personalize mugs, coasters, tiles, or mousepads with the dye-sublimation printer.

  • Machine shop creates "airway trees" to help researchers understand anatomy

    November 09, 2015

    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.

  • RIP Eudora

    August 20, 2015

    The old e-mail reader program "Eudora" will no longer connect to the Enginering mail server (

  • Telepresence Robot

    June 03, 2015

    This is a telepresence robot in the making (photo above). At Er-Wei Bai’s request, John Kostman is building this bot using some recycled and some new equipment. The new equipment includes an UDOO processor, wheels, sensors, a touch-screen tablet, and more. The recycled equipment includes two types of 80/20, one of which is the mounting for the tablet, and Masonite for the platform.

  • Building a Bicycle, Nearly Complete

    May 19, 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.

  • Building a Bicycle, Part 4

    April 30, 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:

  • Building a Bicycle, Part 3

    March 30, 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:

  • Building a Bicycle, Part 2

    February 16, 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.

  • Building a Bicycle, Part 1

    February 05, 2015

    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.

  • More Cork Furniture

    April 15, 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.