Facilities and Equipment

CAT and Belk Buildings

The Kimmel School's offices, classrooms and laboratories are located in the Belk Building (right).  Additional labs are located in the $8 million, 28,000-square-foot Center for Applied Technology (left). 
The Kimmel School has 16 laboratories, which support classroom instruction and the work of the Center for Rapid Product Realization with business partners and project sponsors.  The labs contain sophisticated equipment that meets or exceeds industry standards for work on 3D imaging and solid model generation, re-engineering and product design, automation, rapid prototyping in polymers, CNC and laser machining, component integration and product testing.

Virtual Computing Lab
The Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) system allows Kimmel School students and faculty to access software located on campus from anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, all year long. That means they can work on assignments and class projects whenever and where they wish.  Access the VCL system online here. A PDF with log-in directions can be found here.  NOTE: The VCL system is accessible only by Kimmel School faculty, staff and currently enrolled students who are majoring in Kimmel School academic programs.


Automation Lab
Our assembly system employs levels of automation ranging from simple PLC controlled pick-and-place robots to color vision and TCP/IP control networking. This system supports Profibus DP, TCP/IP Ethernet and remote I/O communication protocols in order to bridge the gap between the user and the machine. This system uses HMI (human machine interface) for both data acquisition and control.  Components of the assembly system include:

  • Siemens S7-315 PLC
  • Fanuc LR-Mate 100i-AC Servo Robot
  • Bosch conveyor modules
  • Siemens S7-215 PLC
  • Festo pneumatic solenoids and valves
  • Allen Bradley Color Vision
  • Keyence 3002 machine vision system
  • Menziken Pick-and-Place Units
  • Allen Bradley SLC 5/05 PLC
  • MicroWin and LabVIEW-based controls

Optoelectronics  Lab 
Capabilities include analyzing the polarization dependence of optoelectronic devices, measuring the spectral characteristics of tunable lasers with subpicometer resolution and testing the bit error ratio at transmission rates up to 12.5 Gb/s.

  • Newport RS2000 and RS4000 optical tables
  • Agilent 8164 Light Wave Measurement System
  • Agilent 81910A Photonic All-Parameter Analyzer
  • Agilent Infinium DCA 86100A Wide-Bandwidth Oscilloscope
  • Agilent 83453A High-Resolution Spectrometer
  • FSM-40PM Arc Fusion Splicer
  • Signal Generation and Measurement

Engineering Design Lab
The Engineering Design Laboratory is designed for optimum interaction between instruction and computer-aided applications. It is equipped with Dell Precision Workstations 650 with 3.06 GHz processors and 4GB RAM. Samsung SyncM 240T flat-screen monitors provide wide-angle viewing. Overhead projection via Sony Data Projector facilitates instruction and group work. ProEngineer software for parametric modeling is used for many applications, as are CAD, OneCNC and Pro Desktop. 

Materials and Methods Laboratory

This laboratory is fully equipped for teaching and research involving a broad range of traditional and leading-edge construction materials and methods. The facility supports both hands-on experiential instruction, and large-scale testing operations.

Survey and Project Management Laboratory

This laboratory supports a range of instructional and research activities, including surveying, materials and project management. Flexible space, ground-level access through an overhead door, and provision for handling large and bulky materials allows for a broad range of construction-related activities.

CM Computer Lab—Belk 271

This laboratory includes workstations for each student, with software such as Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit, Primavera P6 and Sage Timberline to support students in learning about the application of information technology in Construction Management. This laboratory is also equipped with an instructor's station and projection equipment, as well as a range of printers and plotters.


Stratasys FDM Titan creates models using materials such as polycarbonate, polyphenylsulfone and ABS plastic.  Parts up to 400mm X 350mm X 400mm can be built in this machine, and parts that exceed the size of the Titan's build envelope may be built in sections and assembled to form a complete unit.  Parts built in the Titan are 60% to 80% as strong as those made of injection molded plastic.

The Eden 333 uses photopolymer jetting technology for precisions deposition of ultraviolet (UV) resins in fine layers down to 16 microns. Parts up to 340MM X 325MM X 200MM can be built in this machine. Building materials are UV acrylics cured by exposure to UV light. 

The Zeiss Contura HTG is a bridge-type coordinate measuring machine (CVMM) that has a measuring range of 0.7m axis, 1.0m Y axis and 0.6 Z axis. This machine employs direct contact scanning technology to measure geometric features with an accuracy of plus or minus 0.2 microns between 18C - 26C, with 40 percent to - 60 percent relative humidity.  The Contura is well suited for classical quality assurance and reverse engineering applications.

The ADE Phase Shift MicroXAM system can measure roughness, finish and texture of surfaces ranging from highly polished optics to rough surfaces such as steel, aluminum, paper, plastics, magnetic media, ceramics and silicon wafers.  The system has a repeatability (Precision mode) of .1 nm and a field of view of 8 x 10mm (@ .78x) to .084x .063mm (@ 100x).

ATOS 3-Dimensional Interferometric Imager is the high-end 3D Digitizer. The functionality of this flexible optical measuring machine is based on the principle of triangulation. Projected fringe patterns are observed with two cameras. 3D coordinates for each camera pixel are calculated with high precision to generate a polygon mesh of the object's surface. The ATOS system digitizes the objects and processes the data to an STL data set. The STL data sets may then be used to create precise rapid prototype models.

OGP SmartScope Flash 200 is an automatic measuring system with a measuring range of 200mm X 200mm X 150MM.  Accuracy of this machine is 1000 microns for the X and Y axis and 1000 microns for the Z axis. This machine is a noncontact measuring device that may be used when the touch of a contract probe would be undesirable. The technology may be used in traditional quality assurance as well as in reverse engineering.

Aspex Scanning Electron Microscope images a sample by scanning it with a high-energy beam of electrons in a raster scan pattern. It uses SED, Quad BSED Detectors, Stage Size/Movement is 50mm X 50mm with X Y, tilt/rotation, and an accelerating voltage of 20KeV. Uses a high vacuum and variable vacuum system.  

PC Board Fabrication, Circuit Design and Layouts
The electronics facilities allow students to bridge the gap from electronic theory and laboratory applications to actual prototype fabrication.  Completed circuit layouts are converted to Gerber files and transferred to the Quick Circuit Computer Numeric Control machine router for fabrication.

The Quick Circuit routing machine allows us to go from designs to double-sided printed circuit boards in a short period of time.  It is a small Computer Numeric Control (CNC) milling machine with qa short z-axis travel used to route circuit paths into copper-clad boards with motor speeds between 8000 and 24,000 RPM. This machine allows students to gain experience fabricating circuits and gives the department a ready supply of any board design needed with very little delay.  A circuit board can be created in only a few minutes, allowing a quick turnaround between design and fabrication.

Metal Machining facilities enable students to learn Computer Numerical Control (CNC) problem solving as well as manual machining techniques using Haas machines. 

  • Haas VF3 - up to 5-axes for helical parts, large working envelope.
  • Haas TM1 Toolroom Mill - open machine; CNC or manual; can handle small parts.
  • Haas SMinimill - High-speed machining (up to 20,000 rpm).
  • Haas TL1 Toolroom Lathe - CNC or manual.
  • Haas SL10 CNC Lathe; tailstock provides rigid support between centers.
  • Haas SL20 CHC Lathe.
  • Haas VF1 Rotary - 4th axis option.

We also maintain several standard, manual machine tools.

Laser Micromachining Oxford DP100-5S is used for drilling accurate small holes (5-200 microns diameter), cutting precisely (kerf widths down to 5 microns) and 2.5D million of microfeatures.  The heart of our customized Oxford DP100-5S micromachining system is a dual-wavelength, diode-pumped, solid state laser. This laser operates a 532nm or 266nm.  Typical performance characteristics include:

  • 100 mm travel in z axis, 0.5 micron resolution.
  • hole diameter 0.001-0.250mm.
  • kerf width: >0.003 mm.
  • material thickness 0.01-1mm.
  • tolerance 1-5% (process dependent); five-axis part-positioning system.
  • 2mm travel in x-y plane; 0.1 micron resolution, linear motors.

Ping Testing is a way of identifying resonant frequencies in components as a method for predicting failure modes in parts subject to high stresses, such as turbomachinery components.


Pro/E CAD is a software application within the CAD/CAM/CAE category.  ProE is a feature-based modeling architecture incorporated into a single database philosophy with advanced rule-based design capabilities.  The capabilities of the product can be split into the three main headings of engineering design, analysis and manufacturing. This data is then documented in a standard 2D production drawing or the 3D drawing standard ASME Y14.41-2003.

MATLAB is used for computationally intensive tasks including signal and image processing, communications, control design, test and measurement, and modeling and analysis.  Add-on toolboxes (collections of special-purpose MATLAB functions) extend the MATLAB environment to solve particular classes of problems in these application areas.

LabVIEW, a powerful graphical development environment, is used for signal acquisition, measurement analysis, and data presentation. LabVIEW provides the flexibility of a programming language without the complexity of traditional development tools.

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