SouthWorks MakerLab at Prairie State College Equipment and Tools

Let the fun begin!

Below is a description of some things that can be performed in the SouthWorks MakerLab at Prairie State College. Using equipment individually or in tandem with other equipment and tools, the lab can be used for prototyping, inventing, creating art and crafts, engaging in hobbies, repairing items, or developing a new skill.

If you are uncertain about what equipment you need or want to better understand their capabilities then consult with a SouthWorks MakerLab at Prairie State College Assistant. If you want to know specifically what equipment is available, view list below.

Please note: To use any of the equipment you must demonstrate your knowledge and skills, or take a class to learn how to use it. Also, all first-time SouthWorks MakerLab at Prairie State College patrons must take a course on safety.

Welding

Welding involves joining two or more pieces of similar metal together producing a strong joint.

Cutting

A plasma cutter can cut any iron or steel sheet up to about 1/8 of an inch thick.

Lathes

Lathes remove material from a round metal bar up to 8 inches in diameter. The lathe rotates the workpiece on an axis using tooling to cut, sand, knurl, drill, deform, face, or turn metal at high speed using dials and feeds to remove material in a very precise and accurate fashion.

Mills

Drilling
Drill Presses
Drill Speed
Depth Stop
Tapping
Drilling at an Angle
Deburring Tools

Surface Grinding

A surface grinder is used to grind metal or non-metal objects to a smooth and flat surface. Surface grinding is an abrasive machining process in which a spinning wheel covered in rough particles, or grinding wheel, cuts chips of metallic or nonmetallic substance from a work piece, making the face of it flat or smooth. You can flatten the surface of an object, and polish the surface to a mirror finish if desired.

Measuring Equipment

We use measuring devices and equipment to verify from a print or sketch, that the item we are making is accurate and correct.

Scherr-Tumico Optical Comparator

Wilson/Rockwell Hardness Tester

Starrett 36 X 24 inch Surface Plate

Various dial calipers and micrometers

Heat Treating Furnace

Lucifer Brand Heat Treating Furnace

Hydraulic Press

Arbor Press/Hydraulic Press

Metalworking

48-inch Cornice Press Brakes    

48-inch manual Shears

Pittsburgh Hem Machine

Benchtop Manual Roll Form Machine 

Sets of Metalworking Hand Tools

3D Printing

SouthWorks MakerLab at Prairie State College Tools

Leave your tools at home (unless you have a lucky hammer or something). We have on site the following tools you can sign out:

Tools

Locking Tool Box
0-3 Mic Sets
Small Cresent Wrench
Safety Glasses
6 inch steel rulers
Medium Crescent Wrench
Gloves
Calipers
Combination Wrench set
Machinist’s Reference Guide
Combination Square Set
Socket Set 1/4, 3/8

Ohm Meter
Scribe
Soldering iron
Multi-Bit Screwdriver Set
Compass
Wire/Stripper/Crimper Tool
Pliers
Divider
Electronics Needlenose Set
Vice Grips
Allen Keys Standard
Mill Bastard Files

Channel locks
Allen Keys Metric
Drillbit Set Fractions
Side cutters
Hacksaw
Sharpies
Ball Peen Hammer
Chisel
12' Tape Measure
Rubber Mallet w2 heads
Center punches

Safety Gear

The SouthWorks MakerLab at Prairie State College provides the following items: glasses, gloves, eye shields, aprons and welding jackets.  However, patrons can also bring their own gear if they prefer.

List of the SouthWorks MakerLab at Prairie State College Equipment

 

Welding

Welding stations equipped with MIG/TIG Lincoln and Miller Welders
Oxy-Acetylene welding stations with various sized welding torches and metal cutting torches
Destructive weld tester

Cutting

Plasma Cutters with the cutting capacity of 16ga. material

Lathes and Mills

HAAS TL-1 CNC Lathe
HAAS TM-1 CNC Mill
HAAS TM-1P02`CNC Mill with ten tool turret
HAAS Trainers with Mill and Lathe software
Southwest CNC Lathe
Cincinnati Milacron Falcon CNC Turret Lathe
Bridgeport Explorer1 CNC Mill
ProLight CNC Mills
ProLight CNC Lathes
Emco CNC Mill
Emco CNC Lathe
Bridgeport Vertical End mills with power feeds and Digital Readouts
LeBlonde Fifteen inch variable speed lathes with automatic feed

Drill Presses

Wilton Gear Drill Presses
Clausing Drill Presses
VEET Precision Radial Arm Drill Press
Delta 16 1/2" Variable Speed Drill Presses

Surface Grinders

DoAll Surface Grinder automatic feed and variable speed with a twenty-four inch bed
Boyar-Schultz Challenger Hand Feed Surface Grinders
Rockwell Surface Grinder
Cincinnati Cylindrical Grinder
Baldor Pedestal Grinders
Powermatic Pedestal Grinders

Measuring Equipment

Scherr-Tumico Optical Comparator
Wilson/Rockwell Hardness Tester
Rockwell Hardness Tester
Starrett 36 X 24 inch Surface Plate
Various dial calipers and micrometers

Miscellaneous Shop Equipment

Lucifer Brand Heat Treating Furnace
Arbor Press
Hydraulic Press

Metalworking

48-inch Cornice Press Brakes
48-inch manual Shears
Pittsburgh Hem Machine
Benchtop Manual Roll Form Machine
Sets of Metalworking Hand Tools

3D Printing

MakerBot Replicator Fifth Generation 3D Printer
MakerBot Mini Replicator Fifth Generation 3D Printer
MakerBot 3D Scanner

Design CAD Software

Autodesk Full Version
Inventor 3D Software
Solidworks 3D Software