removed to fit new machine
Photo by Chris Hammond
Technicians Paul Martin (L) and Jerry Smith with
Technical Services new CNC machine.
When Memorials Division of Technical Services upgraded
its machine shop equipment, bringing it in through the front
door just wasnt going to do. A modern CNC (Computerized
Numeric Control) Vertical Machining Center required Tech Services
to take down an entire wall in the engineering building to fit
The 10-tonne machine can cut very complex three dimensional shapes
out of various types of metal, with the capability to create
metal designs such as propellers and fins for boats.
This is one of the most modern pieces youll see in
any machine shop, said Bob Sheppard, director of Technical
Services. Its a humongous leap forward in modernizing
He said the machine will help Technical Services address the
needs of its clients the Manufacturing Technology Centre
for teaching Mechanical Engineering students; C-CORE for space
research such as the NASA projects in which it is currently involved;
IMD for research done by NRC and goes a long way to modernizing
its machine shop.
It is also a resource for entrepreneurs interested in setting
up a manufacturing plant in Newfoundland, added Mr. Sheppard.
Increasingly we are seeing the need to cut more complex
shapes out of metal and to finer tolerances than we can reach
with our existing equipment.
Mr. Sheppard said the machine is large enough to meet internal
demands but also for work now going outside the province. It
allows Tech Services to make molds for manufacturers, for example.
We can churn out a piece in no time, said Mr. Sheppard.
And at a cost of $213,000, the machine is expected to pay part
of its own way, said Mr. Sheppard.
Technicians Paul Martin, Jerry Smith and Doug Bolger have undergone
extensive training to get up to speed on the machine. But Mr.
Smith said being a machinist makes it easier to use the new technology