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 pentium-based computers and printing and plotting facilities. The lab provides to students 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 by the technical focus of the software installed on the machines. CAD programs, such as MicroStation are installed, as well as ALGOR, a PC-based finite-element program. No word processing is allowed in the lab, but students may use:
for their homework, projects, and lab reports.
Sample CADD Project
Optical Design of a 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.
Image Description: Laser Measurement System
Image Description: AutoCAD Laser Measurement System