WSU-NIAR Research Machine Shop
Research Machine Shop

Research Manufacturing

Established in 1944 to support the local aviation industry. Aided in the construction of the first Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel and played a similar role during the tunnel’s modernization.

Facilities & Equipment

  • 8,000 sq. ft. of shop space
  • Mastercam X7 software
  • CATIA V5 R22 software
  • HAAS VR-8 five-axis VMC 64 x 40 x 30 travel
  • HAAS VF-4 five-axis VMC 50" x 20" x 25" travel
  • HAAS VF-2 five-axis VMC 30" x 16" x 20" travel
  • HAAS VF-2 four-axis VMC 30" x 16" x 20" travel
  • FADAL 8030 VMV, 80" x 30" x 30" travel
  • HAAS TL-3 CNC Lathe 20” DIA. x 60” long
  • HAAS HRT-310, 12" Rotary Table
  • HAAS HRT-210, 9" Rotary Table
  • HAAS SR-100 three axis router 100" X 52" X8" travel
  • Grey Planter Mill 96" x 30" x 30" travel with Bridgeport mill head
  • K&T #2 Rotary Head die mill
  • Hardinge tool room lathe
  • Colchester 15" x 50" lathe with tracer
  • South Bend 24" x 100" lathe
  • Thompson surface grinder 12" x 36"
  • Welding; mig, stick arc and oxy-acetyle
  • Hawkeye Borescope with Sony video camera/capture

Projects

  • Full-Scale Sturctural Testing Lab Support
  • Lightning strike research support
  • Friction stir welding research support
  • Beech Wind Tunnel upgrades and support for several tests
  • Crash Dynamics Lab upgrades and support for several tests
  • Composites and Fatigue and Fracture labs tooling and specimens
  • Nordam Transparency Division tooling and specimens
  • Aircraft icing research project support
  • Support for the Center of Innovation for Niomaterials and Orthopaedic Research (CIBOR)
  • Support for Fairmount Technologies
  • Icing research systems
  • Wind tunnel models
  • Wind energy systems
  • Tooling

Downloads/Links

Contact:
Andy Jonas
ajonas@niar.wichita.edu
(316) 978-7339

Wichita State University
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