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The purpose of the Mechanical Engineering Student Shop is to give Mechanical Engineering undergraduate and graduates and other students enrolled in ME courses a well-equipped and safe environment to work on their student projects related to the ME course work, thesis or approved special projects. Approved students from Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, Bio-medical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering are now being given access to the shop as well.
ME Room 180
Shop hours: (Cleanup starts at 4:00 PM)
Monday: 7:45 - 12:00 PM, 12:30 - 4:15 PM
Wednesday: 12:30 - 4:15 PM
Friday: 12:30 - 4:15 PM
Additional hours on:
Thursdays: April 11, 18, 25 and May 2 - 12:30 - 8:00 PM
Saturdays, April 20, 27, and May 4 - 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
General Rules for Use of the Mechanical Engineering Student Shop
FULL USE OF SHOP IS ALLOWED ONLY TO THOSE STUDENTS THAT HAVE COMPLETED ALL SECTIONS OF THE REQUIRED INTRODUCTORY SHOP TRAINING
- Visit the shop prior to the first time you intend to work with machine or hand tools to familiarize yourself with the layout of the shop and location of basic tools.
- Before starting actual shop use, bring clear drawings of ALL the parts of your project. Drawings should have all necessary dimensions, being preferably to scale (not necessarily CAD drawings).
- Drawings or sketches are recommended.
- Use of the shop will be permitted at any of the hours it is normally open and supervised. Shop work is generally restricted to projects related to the individual graduate students thesis, research work or, for undergraduates, their class projects, honor thesis, special projects and/or work related to employment the Mechanical Engineering Department including M.E., REU and UROP students. NO PERSONAL PROJECTS!
- Sign in on signup sheet (by the entrance) and remove rings, watches, and jewelry before starting work. Safety glasses with side shields or appropriate goggles are required. Open toe shoes or sandals are not allowed. Shorts are not recommended. Avoid wearing loose clothing, ties etc. Tie hair back if necessary to avoid getting it caught in rotating equipment.
- Discuss work with one of the shop supervisors before starting any machine work or power tool use. If you have interupted your machine use, by leaving the shop, or wish to change machines, check with supervisor prior to that change or continuation of your work. All setups and tools will be checked before using. Report any tool damage or broken tools. Do not use dull cutters, screwdrivers, hammers with loose head or other tools in disrepair.
- Report any injuries to the shop supervisor.
Employees should use workers compensation procedures to report an injury. Non-employees should have treatable injuries taken care of by their health care provider. Tools are to be returned to proper storage location after use. Machines and work area are to be cleaned after use.
Department policy, as well as state law, require safety glasses with side shields to be be worn in the Student shop. There is a limited assortment of safety glasses available for use in the student shop but users are encouraged to purchase their own. (SAFETY GLASSES ARE NO LONGER BEING SOLD IN THE STUDENT SHOP) Boyton Health Service Eye Clinic has a "Safety Eyewear Program" where individuals may purchase prescription as well as non prescription safety eyewear.
There is a catalog selection from various vendors on a wide range of products just inside the main door in the student shop ME Room 180.
U of M wireless available. Access to ProEngineer and Solidworks and FeatureCam.
Rapid Prototyping Machine (for details)
Located in ME 180
Requirements for Rapid Prototyping
- All part(s) must fit within the 10 inch x 10 inch x 12 inch build envelope.
- All part(s) must be saved in units of millimeter (mm) or inches (in)
- All part(s) must be saved as a .STL file type.
Part(s) will be printed on a first-come, first-serve basis. The .STL files should be emailed to the student shop supervisor, Peter Zimmermann,
Within the email please include the dimension, (length, width, height) of the part(s) and the units of the part(s). If the prototype is for a class, you must include the class number. If it is for research, a budget (efs) number must be included.