Machining and Product Realization Laboratory

The mission of the Machining and Product Realization Laboratory (MPRL) is to help students develop the practical side of their engineering skill set as they complete their undergraduate or graduate program.

MPRL Mission

The hands-on knowledge imparted in the MPRL enhances student success with both academic coursework and extracurricular projects. And it gives our graduates a clear advantage in entering the workplace as well-rounded, technically savvy engineers.

In addition, MPRL staff support the work of MIME faculty and others across campus by designing and fabricating parts and components needed for teaching and research.


The MIME Machining & Products Realization Laboratory has some of the latest technologies and equipment available for students, faculty and staff to utilize.

We are rigorous in our efforts to ensure that precautions and safeguards are in place to protect users of this equipment from being injured. Both the equipment and facility must be treated with the utmost respect for safety. Safety equipment such as: eye protection, ear protection, gloves, aprons and face shields are available for use.

Click HERE to learn more about MPRL safety.

MPRL Hours

To ensure physical distancing within the shop workspaces all shop usage requires booking an appointment prior to coming to to work on your project. If you are in a club or organization such as AIAA or SAE, please use the same link below to reserve your workspace.


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MPRL Knowledge Base

Accessing the Shop

The MPRL Shop is available to students who are enrolled in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.  To gain access students must complete ME 250 - Introduction to Manufacturing Processes, or an equivalent course at another college or university plus attending an orientation seminar.  Upon completing ME 250 or showing an equivalent qualification and attending the orientation seminar, students will be given an name bag with a green sticker, indicating that they completed the basic qualifications needed to use the shop.

MPRL Advanced Manufacturing Equipment Qualifications

The MPRL houses a wide variety of advanced manufacturing equipment and technologies for the manufacture of prototypes and specialty research apparatus.  A complete list of advanced manufacturing equipment can be found at here(create this).  The MPRL strives to make this equipment available and usable to users while ensuring safe operating practices and proper equipment use in the lab.  In order to accomplish these objectives a qualification system has been developed to all users are adequately trained on equipment. In order to operate any of the specialized equipment, technology, or tooling you must first attend a qualification seminar and pass it required knowledge evaluation tests. To find out what qualifications are required for a particular piece of equipment or special process, please refer to the tabulated list below:

I would like to use the: Qualification Required Sticker Color
Shop because I'm an incoming graduate student Shop intro qualification seminar Green
Shop becasue I took ME250 remotely Shop intro qualification seminar Green
Wood Shop Wood shop orientation and safety training Pink
Fadal CNC Vertical Milling Machines CNC readiness seminar, Fadal machine training Light Blue
EZ Trak CNC Vertical Knee Mill CNC readiness seminar, EZ Trak machine training Dark Blue
CNC Router CNC readiness seminar, CNC router training Orange
EZ Path CNC Lathe CNC readiness seminar, EZ Path machine training Purple
HAAS CNC Lathe CNC readiness seminar, HAAS machine training Dark Pink
Wire EDM CNC readiness seminar, Wire EDM machine training Brown
Hardinge Lathes Hardinge machine training None
MIG Welder GMAW machine training Red
TIG Welder GTAW machine training Red
Multipurpose Welder GMAW machine training, GTAW machine training Red
Composites Lab MIME composites lab orientation and use training None
Waterjet Waterjet machine training Fluorescent Yellow
Ply Cutter Autometrix Advantage Cutting System training Burnt Orange
3D-Printers MIME 3D printing Yellow
Ziess DuraMax CMM Calyspo basics training, DuraMax CMM machine training Light Orange




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