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What’s the Container Project?

What’s the container project you ask? It’s a project done in CIM class that teaches many different facets of CIM including:
G & M Code, 3D Modelling, Manual machine operations, CNC machining, Secondary processing, Tolerances, Documentation, Mass Production techniques, Assembly operations, Order of operations, Costs of materials, Speeds & feeds….
Just to name a few…  Here’s a short video done by one of my participants at the University of Kentucky Core Training Institute that gives a great visual representation of the steps required to go from start to finish. Thanks to Christopher Townsend, @BCHSEngrTech

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Factory simulations from UK show off automation

Doesn’t get much better than this!  18 teachers from around the country gathered at the University of Kentucky to learn about CIM for two weeks. They spent two days showing off what they learned by making a factory simulation. The class was broken up into two teams, and both successfully completed their tasks.
The rules were as follows:
  • Each team must have two Lynxmotion robotic arms
  • There must be multiple handshakes between pieces of equipment
  • There have to be at least three different operations
  • The factory must include VEX
  • There must be pneumatics or hydraulics involved
The first team built an automated bourbon barrel filling station. It drilled, filled, bunged, transported, stamped and stored barrels.

The second team built a machine that recycled golf balls and turns them into range balls, complete with striping mechanism. Used two Lynxmotion arms, many handshakes, lots of VEX, 3D printed grippers and pneumatics!

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CIM class at UK gets visitors

2016 UK VisitScott Tobias and I are teaching at the University of Kentucky for two weeks, and our charge is this: Train 18 teachers from around the country to teach our nations high school students Computer Integrated Manufacturing. (The best PLTW Engineering course by far btw….) Every year we get visitors from administrators, teachers, and others from around the area trying to get a glimpse of what CIM is; and they always leave with a smile, knowing more about what we do.
This week we had special visitor. A former UK Alumni, and engineer, Mr. Bill Sims was in town with his family, and he stopped on campus. We just happened to be running the milling machines, and they came in to investigate. His family got quite the treat!  Participants showed his family what they were doing, and even let the kids run the CNC machines, while we found out more about Mr. Sims.
bill simsMr. Sims has quite the storied background, and spent many years learning on the UK campus, starting when he was in high school. He then went into the Air Force, proudly serving our nation (thank you!), and then he went on to become an engineer at Disney. While there he played a key role in designing the “Tower of Terror” and many other rides.  He is now on his way to Dayton Ohio, where he will present his design for a statue to be placed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Read more about his life HERE.
Thank you Mr. Sims for your visit today. We had fun showing your family what CIM is all about, and we had fun talking to you as well. Thanks also for everything along the way, from serving our great country, to the Tower of Terror, and everything else you have done in between! We will be sending you a finished container when they are all done. Best wishes in Dayton, and I hope to see your statue the next time I teach CTI at Sinclair! Continue Reading

2015 CIM CTI Factory Smackdown!

Awesome factories built by teachers at CIM CTI this year!

What do you get when you put a bunch of teachers together, teach them about industrial robotics and automation, then give them VEX and Lynxmotion robots?  Factories of course!   See some of the spectacular projects teachers from around the country have come up with in the videos below. The idea is to take all that you have learned in two weeks, and apply it to a factory that you build in a day. So what you see is a culminating activity that these teachers put together, video, then tear down in a mere 24 hours.  Nice job everyone!  Keep the videos coming…
University of Kentucky’s 2015 Factory that includes an AGV, multiple robotic arms, and sorts items with a light sensor. It simulates a recycling facility.
CalPoly’s 2015 Factory that Assembles the lid to a container that was built in the previous unit of the CIM course. 
That’s right…. CalPoly built TWO factories this year! This one does a powder coating operation on a metal part. 
UMBC’s CIM team made one that inflates footballs for the New England Patriots!
Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) entry is a factory that builds and tests nerf darts!
Would you like to see a playlist of older factories built at previous CTI’s?  CLICK HERE
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