Wilkes University

Applied Manufacturing Center (AMC)

Dimension 3-D Printer: SST 768

Our Applied Manufacturing Center (APC) provides engineering majors real world, hands-on experience in the automated world of manufacturing processes.

Students apply manufacturing machine technologies to precision measuring techniques, basic manual machines operation, such as drill presses and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines and CNC presses, Lathe, Milling Machines, Mig and Tig Welders. Students learn the latest techniques for cutting, shaping, and joining materials. A rapid prototyping 3-D printer provides hands-on experience manufacturing ABS plastics Autocam-designed parts. Students learn how to machine their own parts, and repair and design better parts to prevent product failure. APC serves as an essential component of such engineering courses as Introduction to Manufacturing (ME 215) and Senior Projects I, II (ME 391-2), as well as for other student projects, especially those in the Mini-Baha Program, sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. 


Capabilities

Hass CNC Mill: TM1
  • Four different welding processes – arc welding (stick), mig, , tig (tongsten inert gas updated in Feb 2015 with syncrowave technology) and spot welding
  • Plasma Cutter – electrical arc with forced hot air
  • Drill presses
  • Haas CNC Mill: TM1 2010 - Contours, shapes, pocketing, bore holes
  • Hass CNC Lathe TL1 2013 – Machines round stock, outside and inside diameters
  • Dimension 3-D Printer: SST 768 – Provides students real world experience converting CADD drawings to 3D products in ABS plastic. Students develop project design techniques in the manufacture of custom parts and components and how to test for fit and function.

Projects

  • Keystone Automation, Inc., Duryea, PA, has collaborated with our lab to develop ABS plastic and aluminum surgical cutter tools for use in the university’s robotics lab.
  • Students apply stress and strain theory toward choosing different fastening and welding techniques.
  • Student projects include producing university campus signs in large batches through CNC programming. Other projects enable students to cut their own electronic circuit boards, and apply new technologies to improve manufacturing techniques, durability and cost efficiencies.
  • Our Mini-Baha Program, sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers, enables students to develop skills in chasis, suspension and motor design. They also learn a variety of welding techniques.

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