By the time you have completed the lab exercises we expect that you will be able to use the CNC machine tools in the WPI Manufacturing Laboratories to make something you designed with no staff interaction. In lab you will make all of the components to assemble a thermo-acoustic Engine like the one you see below. (You can use the Stirling Cycle to model thermo-acoustic engines)
The ME1800 Labs are conducted in WPI’s Washburn Shops. When you get to the labs you will gather in the Computer Classroom area in WB 107. Before your first lab you will want to visit the WPI Manufacturing Labs Website, and follow the instructions to become a “Basic User”.
The Labs are structured in such a way that they can be entirely self taught, but if you are registered for ME1800 this term, Peer Learning Assistants (PLAs) will help you get through the exercises. The labs consist of a series of Machining Exercises and CAM Exercises. We typically run 2 or 3 Machining Exercises at the same time, and student’s are expected to get out of phase with each other. PLAs will let you know when it’s your turn to do a machining exercise. When you are not at a machine tool you are expected to be working on a CAM exercises, even if you have completed the exercise due for the current week.