Metal Working

The fabrication machines are in BIDC 103 – Manufacturing

Basic rules for using the fabrication machines

  • You must follow the general PPE instructions and building safety instructions at all times.
  • You have to finish the safety training quiz for the machine type you will be using available on this website before operating these machines. Log in using your Purdue credentials and join the group named Bechtel Innovation Design Center Purdue. Complete the safety quizzes and earn badges.
  • You can not leave the machine unattended while your job is running. TA’s cannot supervise your job.
  • Clean the machine once your job is complete. Clear all the chips from the machine table as people have to use the machines after you. Remember – the chips can be sharp.
  • Clean any coolant spill overs or chips that fall on the floor nearby.
  • Do not leave scrap metal on or near the machines. Carry it to the storage room in the basement.

 We have the following machines at the facility

  • Drill Press
  • Vertical Band Saw
  • Horizontal Band Saw
  • CNC Mills (2 x VF4, 1 x VF2 and 1 x DT1)
  • CNC Lathes (1 x ST20, 1 x ST20Y)

CNC mills and lathes

You can use CAM to create CNC programs for your components in software like AutoDesk Fusion 360, Catia, NX etc.  Click here and follow the instructions to install tool libraries and post processors that we use at BIDC. You can also use the inbuilt Visual Programming System (VPS) for the mills or VQC/IPS for the lathes to machine relatively simpler features. A trained BIDC employee will help you in running these machines for your components. Here are the specifications for the CNC machines that are available at BIDC:

Haas VF4 vertical milling machine

  • Builtin Visual Programming System (VPS) to machine simple features without CAM
  • Table size 52″ by 18″, X axis travel 50″, Y axis travel 20″ and Z axis travel 25″
  • Spindle nose to table distance ~ max 29″ and min 4″
  • Maximum weight on table (evenly distributed) 3500 lb / 1588 kg

Haas VF2 vertical milling machine

  • Builtin Visual Programming System (VPS) to machine simple features without CAM
  • Table size 36″ by 14″, X axis travel 30″, Y axis travel 16″ and Z axis travel 20″
  • Spindle nose to table distance ~ max 24″ and min 4″
  • Maximum weight on table (evenly distributed) 3000 lb / 1361 kg

Haas DT1 vertical milling machine

  • Builtin Visual Programming System (VPS) to machine simple features without CAM
  • X axis travel 20″, Y axis travel 16″ and Z axis travel 15.5″
  • Maximum weight on table (evenly distributed) 250 lb / 113 kg

 ST20

  • Builtin Visual Quick Code (VQC) and Intuitive Programming System (IPS) to machine simple features without CAM
  • X axis travel 9.3″ and Z axis travel 21″
  • Maximum spindle speed 4000 rpm
  • Maximum cutting diameter (varies with turret) 15″
  • Maximum cutting length (without work holding) 21″

ST20Y

  • Builtin Visual Quick Code (VQC) and Intuitive Programming System (IPS) to machine simple features without CAM
  • Live tooling and Y axis capability enabling the machining of complex shapes.
  • X axis travel 9.3″, Y axis travel +/- 2″ and Z axis travel 21″
  • Maximum spindle speed 4000 rpm
  • Maximum cutting diameter (varies with turret) 15″
  • Maximum cutting length (without work holding) 21″

VF4 at work