Additive Manufacturing: Students, Faculty and Staff have access to a variety of polymer additive manufacturing equipment to use for student projects and research. Students receive hands-on training on each piece of equipment they use.
ZCorp 650 Powder Binder
"The ZPrinter 650 is engineered specifically to satisfy the most demanding requirements in engineering, education, AEC, GIS and entertainment. With the largest build volume of any 3D printer, it enables users to print very large, high-resolution, multicolor models in hours or to make many smaller models at once.Projet 3600 a high resolution Polyjet UV Cured polymer printer."
What is PolyJet Technology? "PolyJet is a powerful 3D printing technology that produces smooth, accurate parts, prototypes and tooling. With microscopic layer resolution and accuracy down to 0.1 mm, it can produce thin walls and complex geometries using the widest range of materials available with any technology."
MarkForged Mark II Fused Deposition Modeling – Onyx material (Carbon fiber infused nylon) with fiber filament option.
Benefits of PolyJet:
Create smooth, detailed prototypes that convey final-product aesthetics.
Produce accurate molds, jigs, fixtures and other manufacturing tools.
Achieve complex shapes, intricate details and delicate features.
Incorporate the widest variety of colors and materials into a single model for unbeatable efficiency
Also located in the lab are three MakerBot Replicator + FDM machines.
Optomec LENS 500 Machine Tool Systems
"The LENS 500 Hybrid Open Atmosphere System is the industry’s value leader, combining additive and subtractive operations on the same machine at a fraction of the cost of alternative solutions." Has the capability to work with non-reactive metals stainless steel, nickel based alloys, etc.
"The Kent CNC Linear Way Vertical Machining Centers combine proven machine design with advance technology in control and manufacturing. Reliability and performance make this series a favorite among demanding CNC milling job shops and in-house productions alike. The heavy cutting spindle and rigid machine structure enable higher vertical machining efficiency with better finish and longer tool life — resulting in greater productivity and profitability all around"
"Double cutting speed without increasing wire consumption with our latest model. Makino is the world leader in wire EDM, giving you faster processing times and superior surface finishes for even the most complex part geometries."
North Star Imaging - X3000 Industrial 3D X-Ray Inspection System
Digital Radiography, or DR for short, is a 2D X-ray inspection method using a digital X-ray detector in place of X-ray film. DR allows for real-time X-ray inspection of your part or object - no more waiting for film to process! You can make scan adjustments on the fly and also apply digital image enhancements quickly and easily – saving you time.
3D Computed Tomography (CT) is a nondestructive scanning technology that allows you to view and inspect the external and internal structures of an object in 3D space. Computed Tomography works by taking hundreds or thousands of 2D Digital Radiography projections around a 360 degree rotation of an object. Proprietary algorithms are then used to reconstruct the 2D projections into a 3D CT volume, which will allow you to view and slice the part at any angle.
"Originally created for medical applications, CT, which is short for computed tomography, captures two-dimensional x-ray scans to generate three-dimensional images. Recently introduced into the industrial sector for use as a measuring tool, CT allows high-resolution, detailed volume measurement of difficult to measure small parts and assemblies."
NTU is building material properties and characterization capabilities and a new lab will be housed in the new Metrology and Material Testing building.
Instron Dynamic Testing Equipment
"The 8801 servohydraulic testing system meets the challenging demands of a varied range of both dynamic and static testing requirements. The 8801 provides complete testing solutions to satisfy the needs of advanced materials and component testing, and is ideally suited for high- and low-cycle fatigue testing, thermomechanical fatigue testing, and fracture mechanics. The higher capacity of up to 100 kN, a larger working space, a high stiffness, and the precision of alignment all make the 8801 an exceptionally versatile and reliable testing system. Instron Tensile/Compression Testing Equipment"
"Electromechanical testing systems are most commonly used for static testing in a tensile or compression mode within a single frame. Capacities for these systems range from low-load forces of 0.5 kN (112 lbf) up to high-capacity 600 kN (135,000 lbf) test frames."
"The Industrial Series is comprised of high-capacity, hydraulic testing systems for tension and compression applications, ranging from 300 kN (67,500 lbf) to 2,000 kN (450,000 lbf)."
"Laser microscopes are designed to generate high-resolution optical images as well as surface shape characterization quickly and accurately. Laser microscopes combine the advantages of magnified observation devices and measurement devices in order to obtain both full-focus images and reliable 3D shape analysis."