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  • Art and Engineering Come Together in NEXUS Project

    May 04, 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.

  • Machine Shop Prints Dark Matter Cosmic Web

    April 14, 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.

  • College of Dentistry, Studio Arts and the Engineering Machine Shop collaborate on tooth molds

    March 22, 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.

     

  • Engineering Machine Shop Creates Tiny Furniture for Starbucks

    February 24, 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.

  • 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 (mail.engineering.uiowa.edu).
     

  • 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:

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