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  • Femur Scan Using FARO 3D Scanner

    February 27, 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.

  • Student projects using 3D printers

    December 27, 2012

    Finals week fall 2012 meant lots of work for the 3D printer.

  • Engineers and Artists Collaborate

    October 17, 2012

    EES does all sorts of jobs, including odd jobs that beautify the Seamans Center.

  • Mousepad - EES Dye-sublimation Printer

    May 29, 2014

    EES purchased a Ricoh SG 3110DN dye-sublimation printer in May 2014.

  • 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 I

    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.

  • T. Rex: Recycled Drawer Dividers

    January 30, 2015

    Doug Eltoft asked John Kostman to make an item that demonstrates one of the capabilities of the staff and the equipment in the Engineering Electronics Shop. John chose to make something from a laser sliceform in dxf format. (You can, of course, google that to see what sort of patterns he had to choose from.) Autodesk 123D can create files that turns a 3D model into 2D build plans. Because the pattern he downloaded (from the Epilog Laser sample club) already had the 2D slices created, John didn't have to do that, but he recommends 123D to anyone wanting to do this sort of project.

  • Aishwarya Builds NTAs

    January 07, 2015

      Aishwarya Parandkar is a sophomore BME major who began working in the Engineering Electronics Shop last August.   Her primary job there now is building NTAs, Aishwarya stripping cable a device for which there has been a constant demand. Aishwarya learned how to make circuit boards, strip insulation from a cable, and solder, some of the necessary skills.

  • Cutting Cork on the Waterjet

    December 10, 2014

    All of the things that I have seen cut by the waterjet cutter have been metal. But recently that device cut several 6” slabs of cork. Why cork? And who would do that? Alex Zeppieri, who is a CEE major with an art minor, explained how he came to have thick chunks of cork cut in the Engineering Machine Shop. He elucidated:

  • Napoleon

    October 16, 2012

    Napoleon's death mask came to the Engineering Machine Shop to be scanned in October 2012.