Integrated Technology Lab
Engineering and technology students receive hands-on experience, learning the different aspects of manufacturing at UW-Stout’s Integrated Technology Lab. Modeled after industry labs with similar functions, the lab helps to ensure students are industry-ready upon graduation.
It provides students the opportunity to develop conceptual ideas into working physical prototypes and gives the ability to conduct experiments to evaluate the performance of various design ideas. Many of the prototypes made are for external sponsors such as regional companies or entrepreneurs.
“We can do just about anything here with plastic, metal, wood, corrugate, and other materials,” said Lab Assistant Katie Christoffel, a senior in Packaging.
The lab has 14 3D printers ranging in size and capability, metal and wood machining tools such as saws, lathes, Bridgeport, welding and plasma cutting, a paint finishing booth, and various measurement instrumentation. There are also several engine experimental stations for conducting experiments on engine performance with various alternative fuels. Some classes continue to work on projects developed in previous semesters.
“A few ongoing projects here are a flight simulator, turning a motorcycle into a 3-wheeler, a wood gasifier, and making a 1000-watt metal laser welder capable of 3D printing metal parts,” Christoffel said.
Students can use the lab to learn how to build 3D printing artifacts for no cost. While engineering and technology students learn how to program and use the 3D printer, the lab is beneficial to other majors as well. “Students in Art and Design working on their senior projects come in needing 3D printed parts, milled parts, wood pieces, and many other things,” explained Christoffel. The lab has open hours outside of class time. Hours vary by semester.