Lake Superior State University's (LSSU) School of Engineering & Technology offers a personal and professional atmosphere to help students develop theoretical and technical engineering skills that will be crucial to their prospective careers. To support this effort, the School strives to maintain well-equipped laboratories with modern technology representative of what is currently found in industry.
One such piece of laboratory equipment is a computer numerically-controlled (CNC) plasma cutter. The fully-automated machine is capable of cutting through conductive material up to one-inch in thickness using a superheated gas to create precise two-dimensional figures.
Team Computer Controlled Plasma Designs (CCPD) has been assigned to the implementation of the necessary hardware and software interfacing to incorporate a CNC controller into an existing plasma cutter. The updated machine will require extensive testing and the creation of a comprehensive user's manual.
The final product will be a fully-functional CNC plasma cutter with complete documentation that can be used as an educational tool to promote and enhance the learning process for future LSSU engineering and technology students.