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Design and Fabrication of a Benchtop Three Axis Milling Machine

Status Current
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 07/01/2010
End Date 06/30/2011
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grant
Funding Amount
Community Partner
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Last Updated 09/25/2010 02:31AM
Keywords mill


  Muhammad Ali

Student Researchers
  Alex Bergeron, Brian Logan, Bjorn Olsen


A preferred method in the fabrication of printed circuit boards involves a milling machine to provide a safe, efficient, and overall cheaper alternative. Current developing capabilities at the university require the use of hazardous chemicals, a lightproof room, and tedious procedures. Electrical engineering students are required to design and manufacture these circuit boards as part of their curriculum. Due to complications and production errors, students typically are unsuccessful in the manufacture of these cards. The proposed mill involves the design and fabrication of a custom benchtop computer numerically controlled (CNC) three axis mill.

Commercially available mills with the precision to machine circuit boards are expensive and limited in alternative uses. Design and fabrication of the structural and mechanical components of the proposed mill is to be completed by a team of three mechanical engineering students. The components required to run the machine will not be covered under this project proposal. Students will work as a team of engineers to fabricate and assemble components to complete the projected design. This project will also meet the minimum requirements for the Bachelors of Science in Engineering with specialization in Mechanical Engineering degree capstone course.

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