Monroe Hall: Materials Technology Labs
State of the art labs: materials science, composite materials, and engineering design. The labs are equipped with high end technical equipment used in the production of composites, aerospace, and consumer products. Students have built working windmills, race cars, submarines, and guitars in the lab.
- additive manufacturing lab
- CNC Mill
- computer design lab
- injection molder
Perfect for: inventors lab | science workshops
- Do you need to produce a prototype of a product quickly?
- Are you trying to design a unique item?
- Are you an inventor?
- Do you need a low cost solution for a manufacturing need?
Edmonds Community College is pleased to host tours of the lab and demonstrate the capability of the equipment including new technologies such as Additive Manufacturing.
Come see the high end technical equipment currently being used in the production of composites, aerospace, consumer products, etc.
Additive Manufacturing Lab
Print parts in 3D by binding together powder in layers to form a finished part.
Zcorp Z510 Spectrum
Envelope: 14” X 11” X 10”
Cure advanced composites at high temperature and pressure in order to decrease bubbles
and increase strength.
Interior Size: 2ft. diameter X 4 ft. length
Max Temp: 450F
Max Pressure: 150 psi
Create parts carved out of blocks of a wide variety of materials and uses a computerized
controller to precisely reproduce designs.
Centroid Accu II
3-Axis Bridgeport type knee mill
Travel: X=29”, Y=9”, Z=7”
Computer Design Lab
Create 3D designs using programs such as Solidworks, Rhino, Mastercam and Magics. These designs can then be realized through machinery like the CNC mill and additive manufacturing equipment.
Used for processing thermoplastic products. It melts a resin and pushes it through
a die to make rods, tubes or films. This one is fitted with a pelletizer to process
recycled plastics for use in the injection molder.
Davis Standard KLB-075
Screw Diameter: .75”
Screw Speed: 12-120rpm
Heat Zones: 3 barrel, 1 adapter, 1 die, 5 total
Used to lay up composite cylinders using a spinning mandrel on which carbon fiber
is wound in a precise pattern to create a cylinder.
McClean Anderson Little Hornet
2 Axis control
Max Diameter: 10”
Max Distance between centers: 40”
Used to create plastic parts by injecting the resin under high pressure into a mold.
This process is used to produce large products such as lawn furniture, as well as
small parts like a cell phone the case.
Clamping Pressure: 28 tons
Screw Diameter: 30mm
Mechanical Test Frame
Used to analyze the strengths of materials by breaking them. It can pull samples of material apart or press together items with a force of up to 10 tons while precisely logging the stress and strain on the part.
100 kN load cell
Max Width: 22”
Max Travel: 50”
Scanning Electron Microscope
Uses a beam of electrons to magnify object by up to a factor of 10,000 times to facilitate
the analysis of cracks and failures in materials.
Up to 10,000X Magnification
Used to process advanced composites at high temperatures and ambient pressure.
Interior Dimensions: 40” X 40” X 35”
Max Temp: 450F
Used to cure either flat panel composites, or with tooling compression molded composites.
Accudyne 4 Platen Press
Platen Dimensions: 16” X 16”
Max Platen Gap: 2.75”
Max Temp: 450F
Max Pressure: 2500 psi
Used to subject materials to controlled cycles of temperature and humidity usually
before destructive non-destructive testing.
Associated Environmental Systems
Interior Dimensions: 20” X 18” X 12”
Max Temp: 377C
Max Humidity: 100%