WHAT MAKES THE COLLEGE'S RENOVATED MACHINING LAB SO SPECIAL?
When we were discussing the renovation of the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center, we asked ourselves what would make it rise above similar labs. New and more technology-based machines were at the top of the list. We had noticed that our students loved the conversational computer-numeric-control machines that we had recently purchased. So we went from seven to 36 conversational CNC machines. Instead of the old way of programming, these machines incorporate an interactive conversation with the operator, making it a much less intimidating way to write programs.
We also replaced our older electrical discharge machines with four new Sodick Wire EDMs with modern conversational controls. We are one of the few colleges that has an electrical discharge machining class in all machining degree programs. Other new items include a state-of-the-art coordinate measuring machine and 3D printer. Of course, we revamped our curriculum to take full advantage of the new facility. It is by far the most comprehensive introductory machining technology center I have ever seen, and that was our goal.