Technology Labs Purchase New Equipment

Metal and wood labs receive updated machines

By: Becky St. Clair

The new Grizzly G4016 model lathes are a great asset to the Technology Department's metal lab.

The metals machining and woods laboratories in WWU’s Technology Department recently acquired several new pieces of equipment.  The department purchased five new lathes, and, through a generous donation, were able to also purchase a gear head drill/mill and a sliding compound mitre saw.

“Our metals machining lab had five lathes that were many decades old,” says Bill Lane, Associate Professor of Technology at Walla Walla University.  “They were basic training lathes that had just plain worn out.”

After receiving approval to purchase the new equipment, Lane was approached by the parents of one of his students, who asked what else they needed.  The money they generously donated went toward the purchase of the additional machines.

The new lathes are Grizzly G4016 model engine lathes, which machine cylindrical shapes in metal.  They are the basic training lathes used by all technical schools.  The old lathes had been designed and built around 1940.

“More expensive computer controlled (CNC) lathes use the same basic principles,” says Lane.  “All CNC machinists learn on equipment such as those we now own.”

The lab’s new drill/mill allows them to get rid of their antique drill presses that date from the 1920s.  The machine allows students to drill and precisely machine metal parts with controlled X, Y, and Z axis movement.

The woods lab needed to replace an older radial arm saw unsafe for use.  Using some of the funds given by the donors, the department purchased a Ridgid 12” sliding compound mitre saw.  The new saw allows students to safely make accurate straight, angled, and mitred cuts, and would be considered a higher end model of a basic wood-working tool, which most shops would have.

“These purchases and donations are a great indication of the continuing support the Technology Department is receiving from the university as well as the Adventist community,” says Lane.  “As we continue to grow and attract new students, these improvements will mean better training, which will in turn help them in their future jobs.”

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