Grant Funding Allows for New Tech at Sheridan College

Ben Conklin, second-year machine tool technology student at Sheridan College, explains how the new Zeiss Duramax CMM works during class this week. (Courtesy Photo)
Ben Conklin, second-year machine tool technology student at Sheridan College, explains how the new Zeiss Duramax CMM works during class this week. (Courtesy Photo)

Sheridan College Machine Tool Technology students will benefit from a new piece of equipment that’s been added to the lab thanks in part to a federal Carl D. Perkins grant.

The funding has allowed for the addition of a Zeiss Duramax Coordinate Measuring Machine. According to a news release from Sheridan College, the high-performance machine tool measures the physical geometrical characteristics of an object to a millionth of an inch. A probe attached to the machine takes precise data points, and then a computer interprets the data with specialized software to create a 3D map of the part.

Sheridan College Machine Tool Instructor Sara Spann said the tool is an essential addition to the lab as CMMs are vital for precision engineering and quality control in the medical, automobile and aerospace industries that have extremely low tolerances for error. She added that now that the College has a CMM, the students will be able to expand their skill sets, making them more versatile, and therefore, more attractive to potential employers across many different industries, including high production manufacturing.

SheridanWyoming.com

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