Machining is a controlled subtractive manufacturing process which can be used to create high precision parts. Milling uses a rotating cutting tool that moves around the part to create a variety of features. Turning on a lathe spins the part and moves a static cutting tip along to create revolved profiles. Drilling is the most basic process and can be used on both mills and lathes to drill basic holes. Our CNC machines use computers to control the movement of the machine to create parts more effectively than possible by hand. The Bechtel Center also offers 5-axis milling and live tooling turning capabilities to allow more complex parts to be made. The main goal of the center is to teach manufacturing techniques, feel free to ask questions!
Cutting metal is a violent process as heat and pressure allow the tool to cut the metal. As a result, the machines that we use are very powerful. While hundreds of developments over time have resulted in an overall safe process for running a machine, there are still hazards present that can reveal themselves if a student operator does not know what they are doing and why. We ask that for your own safety, and the sake of our machines, to have respect for work going on and to be mindful of what you are doing at all times. The Relevant Safety Badges are Required
The Bechtel Innovation Design Center is a unique learning environment that encounters the risk of breaking tools and equipment. This is well understood and there is no penalty for the accidents while learning is going on. However, unsafe or negligent behaviors and actions may be reviewed by staff and dealt with appropriately.
While Operating the CNC Machines:
- KNOW YOUR PROGRAM
- KEEP RAPID OVERRIDE AT 5% AT ALL TIMES
- WATCH THE MACHINE AND THE ‘DISTANCE TO GO’ DISPLAY DURING OPERATION
- DO NOT ENTER G-CODE INTO THE CONTROLLER BY HAND
- ASK SOMEONE IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF ANYTHING
- Measure Twice, Cut Once!