While working in Purdue University's Artisan and Fabrication lab, I helped bring undergraduate and doctoral research experiments from concept to physical reality.
Along the way, we taught students how to use Haas VF-2 CNC mills, lathes, CAD software (Solidworks, AutoCAD), waterjets, and all sorts of interesting hand tools. Those advanced machining applications ensured comprehension of real-world engineering for manufacturing.
The Artisan and Fabrication Lab located below Purdue University’s Aero/Astronautical Engineering department.
Testing roughing stepover settings with a linear toolpath and 0.5” ball end mill.
Test of a circular finishing pass with a 0.25” ball end mill.
Aerogel Airloy X103 tile machines well.
Waterjet and stone.
Lasered hacker glitch art.
Printing an interesting air fixture cross-section in PLA.
Early vacuum forming material tests.
Ancient Turner’s cube.
Re-engineering the original Printrbot to remove Z-axis wobble.
Pulling measurements and locations from the Printrbot CAD model.
1st operation machining.
Ready for final operation machining with a slick two-vise setup.