Development of Computer Numerical Control Programs for Manufaturing and Global Collaberation
This research project aims to enhance the Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) capabilities of my laboratory. A major focus of my laboratory is to develop in situ instrumentation that can be deployed in aquatic environments. The development of this capability will enhance our ability to quickly design and prototype parts. The research project will develop a pipeline that enables CAD designs to be manufactured on my laboratories new 4 axis CNC machine. This pipeline will first develop 3D assemblies created in Pro/E, convert them to individual drawings, and finally produce g-code that enables the CNC to produce the part. The initial project will focus on manufacture of parts for the Sample Filtration and Archival instrument for which we have existing drawings. This pipeline will then be tested further by developing parts for a conceptual tape drive filtration system.