Office of Undergraduate Research

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.

Tasks and responsibilities:

The student will be responsible for developing and documenting the pipeline from Computer Aided Design (CAD) to computer aided manufacture (CAM) software and hardware. They will be responsible for documenting the pipeline for integration into my laboratories laboratory manual. Additionally they will be responsible for training and collaborating with other members of my laboratory and SFS support staff in the pipeline. During the project, they will ensure that the CAM parts are to exact specifications and all design constraints are met and that data is properly stored on the laboratories server. Once the initial pipeline is developed using the SaFA parts they will liaise with another undergraduate in my laboratory who to develop the CAD/CAM models for the development of a reel-to-reel filtration device.