In this lab and by performing different experiments, students are able to understand the mechanical properties of materials such as metals (steel, copper, aluminium) and plastics. The universal tensile test machine in addition to Brinell, Rockwell, and Ultra sonic test machines are all available to perform the needed tests on materials. An oven torch, Microscope and high quality printer are also found.
The Metal Shaping Lab, Located on level B4, room 426, is operated by Engineer Zeidoun Zeidan, MEng. Eng Zeidoun focuses on conducting experimental work on the lathe and the milling machines. Those machines are used for processes such as turning, chamfering, Drilling and Threading. Other experiments related to casting using open and closed molds are carried out during the course of the semester. Engineering Zeidan believes that all theoretical work must be verified by experimental results and all experimental data must be evaluated based upon theoretical analysis.
CAD (computer-aided design) software “Solidworks” is used by engineers to create precision drawings or technical illustrations. CAD software can be used to design and manufacture products as prototypes. CAD is a form of computer technology that assists in the drawing and technical drafting of products and even buildings. CAM works alongside CAD—using CAD designs, CAM uses numerical coding to run the machine that creates the product.
CAM is a subsequent computer-aided process after computer-aided design (CAD) and sometimes computer-aided engineering (CAE), as the model generated in CAD and verified in CAE can be input into CAM software, which then controls the machine tool. CNC Machining is a process used in the manufacturing sector that involves the use of computers to control machine tools. Tools that can be controlled in this manner include lathes, mills, routers and grinders.
The operator will use programmable language called G code to input desired project dimensions and work conditions, such as feed rate and speed. This information is relayed to the CNC machine's integrated computer system as work instructions that control the machining process. These machines can be used for specialized and complex applications, including engraving and die sinking, or making impressions in die blocks.