King Receives Miniature Engine Lathe as Retirement Gift

February 2, 2020
Tech Talk

Retiring A-B Tech President Dennis King received a miniature engine lathe from the Computer Integrated Machining department on campus.  The project was designed in house last year by the MEC 231 CAM II second-year students with guidance from Shannon Moser, Computer Integrated Machining instructor. King will retire from the College on Jan. 31

The replica lathe was manufactured with all the machining platforms in the department.

CNC mills, lathes, 3-D printing, EDM wire and conventional EDMs were used to produce all of the components. The students produce a full set of blueprints for the project.

The materials used included stainless steel, brass, aluminum to ABS 3-D printed plastic and even wood and it takes four months to build. Instructors Kevin Kiser and Rachel Tipton were also critical partners in the process.

“The students also build this in our CAD system where it can be simulated in virtual reality,” Moser said. “The gears were cut on our newest CNC machine (Cut E350 Charmille touch screen wire EDM), where tolerance approach .0001”. The base represents higher level applied mathematics used in machine shops utilizing SIN plates and trig tables.”

Pictured are Vernon Daughtery, Dean of Engineering and Applied Technology, President Dennis King, Instructor Shannon Moser and Instructor Kevin Kiser. 


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