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    Engineering Student CNC Project Ideas

    Hey all, I'm a lab technologist at a College in Canada. and I'm helping teach a CNC course to 2nd year Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology students. We're brainstorming ideas for the students' final project for the term, and I thought I'd see if anyone has done anything cool in the past that they would suggest. We're using Tormach PCNC 1100s and Haas VF3s, as well as 3D printers and laser cutters (for plastic & wood).

    They've been working through guided labs up to this point, and the next step is to challenge them to do their own CAD/CAM and machine their own part with minimal supervision. The idea is to get them comfortable with CAD/CAM software (we use SolidWorks and HSMWorks for CAM) as well as CNC machine operation.

    In previous years, they've been asked to model and machine a small mold out of UHMW for casting urethane, but we've found that it turns into more of a surfacing exercise in SolidWorks rather than a CAM programming and machining project, and the urethane casting is messy and time consuming. Ideally, I'd like to come up with something that they can design and program themselves, and then machine in roughly 3 hours from either aluminum or plastic. If it incorporates some 3D printing and/or laser cutting as well, or is something that they can actually use, even better!

    If you've made something along these lines that you think would be cool, I'd love to hear about it.
    Last edited by JD_87; 02-04-2021 at 12:04 AM.

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    Re: Engineering Student CNC Project Ideas

    Kant twist clamp


    Multiple part assemble. Lathe,mill, laser.
    pads could be printed.
    Practical project for the shop.

    Dave
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    Re: Engineering Student CNC Project Ideas

    Hi, I am also a laboratory assistant and teach the 3rd course. According to the program, we had to produce some tools for engineers. I decided to make a clamp with the guys - this is a very convenient and necessary thing in engineering. For example, I purchased a clamp https://sandfieldengineering.com/wha...toggle-clamps/ so that students will examine it and think about how best to make it. A clamp is a tool used to fasten components or parts in place, usually securely, but not exclusively, as part of manufacturing
    Last edited by Bertold1d; 03-22-2022 at 09:24 PM.

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    Re: Engineering Student CNC Project Ideas

    45 years ago, my industrial technology class built machinist vise. We used a foundry back then. Today, it would be a good CNC project from a block of AL.

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    Re: Engineering Student CNC Project Ideas

    Your idea sounds very good! I would like to know if anyone has encountered students with special educational needs in college?

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    Re: Engineering Student CNC Project Ideas

    I was in a group with a student who had Down syndrome. He graduated from middle school and entered college. As far as I know, he went to a special school. I wouldn't say he has serious disabilities, but he learns much slower and harder than the other students. We also had a similar project as JD_87, where teamwork was necessary. We tried to involve our special classmate in the work process. Our instructor monitored his actions and helped when needed. I believe that children with special educational needs should receive proper attention from all people. Developing inclusive education allows special children to feel needed by society http://www.scbraves.org/Special_Education.htm.

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