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Computer Applications Lab

The UMaine Industrial Computer Applications Laboratory

The Industrial Computer Applications Laboratory is administered, staffed, and maintained by Engineering Technology faculty, staff, and students. The Lab consists of twenty computer monitors, keyboards and printing and plotting facilities. The lab provides instructional space to train students in use of industrial quality software in the areas of CADD, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and computer numerical control (CNC) of manufacturing machine tools, construction management, and engineering computations.

Lab use in not restricted to Engineering Technology students, but use is limited to the technical focus of CAD programs, such as MicroStation, as well as ALGOR, a PC-based finite-element program. No word processing is allowed in the lab, but students may use:

  • Excel
  • Word
  • Visual Basic
  • Timberline
  • Primavera
  • MathCad
  • MillSim
  • Lathesim
  • TK Solver

for their homework, projects, and lab reports.

Sample CADD Project

Optical Design of a Laser Measurement System

Laser Measurement SystemAutoCAD Laser Measurement System

AutoCad was used to design the optical path of a laser beam is the force head of the UMaine Nanotribometer, shown in the photograph on the left.

The laser beam is used to measure the deflections of a small cantilever as shown in the schematic on the right.