The Fabrication Lab is open to all LTU students for the purpose of working on their class and senior projects. This full service lab is where students are instructed on the correct and safe techniques for using the machines to complete their projects. Students will have the chance to use CNC mills, Bridgeport milling machines, lathes, a CNC plasma cutter, welders and much more during their time spent in the lab. This hands-on experience is what separates LTU students from others and gives them the upper hand in their future endeavors.

The Fabrication Lab
The Prototype Lab, adjacent to the Fabrication Lab, provides rapid prototyping equipment to students. Two personal CNC mills, three small 3D printers, and one large 3D printer are available.

The Prototype Lab
The Materials Laboratory houses an MTS screw-driven testing apparatus with a 100 KN load cell. This machine is capable of performing various mechanical tests, including tensile tests, on a variety of materials. Data is exported to software for collection and processing. The laboratory also contains standard metallographic preparation equipment, including a mounting press, polishing and grinding wheels, and a fume hood. An adjacent laboratory is home to several metallography, a stereoscope and an Optical Imaging System.

The Materials Laboratory
This laboratory consists of equipment that demonstrates the effects of the type of loading and geometry on the stresses and strains induced on the structural members being studied. The standard structures consist of simple and complex cross-sections. The dynamic behavior of rigid bodies when subjected to various loading conditions and boundary conditions is studied in this lab as part of the student assignments. The lab is equipped with software and hardware that can perform transmission and reflection analysis of sound waves.

The Mechanics Lab
The Mechatronic Systems Engineering labs (E103/E105) support courses and research in mechatronic systems engineering. The laboratory is well equipped with experiments in feedback control, sensor and integration, and robotic design. Electronic test equipment and data acquisition equipment is available.

The Mechatronics Lab
The undergraduate Robotics Lab is the facility where the three pillars of robotics engineering (mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science) are integrated into robot projects. The lab follows the format of a “tinker space” allowing students access to modular equipment along with the components needed to build and test a variety of robotic systems. Students design and construct micro-controller boards, build robot platforms and arms, and write the software to make them perform.

The Robotics Lab
In the Thermal Science Laboratory, students apply classroom theories of the principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer to experiments relating to conduction, convection, radiation, major and minor/local losses in pipes, various flowmeter/velocity devices (rotameters, pitot-static tubes, hot-wire anemometers, orifice flowmeters, venturi meters, turbine flowmeters, and ultrasonic flowmeters), pressure measurement, steam power generation cycles, variable piping systems, and pumps (single, parallel, and series), falling ball viscometers, fluid control systems, and drag. Student experiments conducted in the laboratory are highly visual and practical.

The Thermal Science Lab