Brown & Sharpe Global Image 777 5P Coordinate Measurement Machine (CMM) – This $66,500 piece of equipment can measure parts that fit within a 700 mm x 700 mm x 700 mm working envelope to the nearest 0.00001 mm. It is also programmable to gauge parts at predescribed points, surfaces, and other dimensions such as roundness, flatness, and both inside and outside diameters of holes.
Brown & Sharpe Global Image 777 SP Coordinate Measurement
- 3D Laser Digitizing Scanning Head ($45-55,000) – This device provides a turnkey solution for non-contact measurement requirements and reverse engineering of existing parts.
Fadal VMC-4020, Box Ways Series, 5-axis is a CNC Vertical Machining Center
- Fadal VMC-4020 Box Ways Series, 5-axis Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Vertical Machining Center ($79,350) – This is the heart and soul of the laboratory with many of the research topics addressed by Dr. Ting and his students impacting the improvement of programming techniques for 5-axis control. Due to the complexity of programming and difficulty in visualizing the tool path motion in five degrees of freedom, most tool and die machine shops are satisfied with 3-axis machines. This means that in many cases the machinist will be required to change the orientation of the part and fixturing to accommodate angles of the tool path that a five axis machine could handle by simply orientating the tool in one of the additional dimensions. Dr. Ting’s research is poised at a major breakthrough in simplifying this programming effort as a result of his current research into the Theory of Point-line Kinematics.
3D Systems Viper si2 SLA System for Rapid Prototyping ($114,000) – This rapid prototyping system uses a vat of special resin with a computerized platform that systematically lowers to allow a computer controlled laser to “cure” the resin according to a CAD drawing. The unique aspect of this system is that it combines standard and high-resolution part building in the same system. In the high-resolution mode the system is capable of accuracies of 0.0030 + 0.0005 inches with a build volume of 5" x 5" x 10". The Viper SLA system builds parts with a smooth surface finish, excellent optical clarity, high accuracy, and thin, straight vertical walls. It’s ideal for a myriad of solid imaging applications, from rapid modeling and prototyping, to injection molding and investment casting. This system will not only have a significant impact on research, but also on a myriad of classes that can now prototype their own designs using this equipment.
3D Systems Viper si2 SLA System