ME Manufacturing Labs

The SDSM&T ME Difference

The SDSM&T Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a cohesive project-based learning curriculum. But unlike many universities, we offer a comprehensive training program that ensures student safety and the opportunity to learn regardless of a student's level of experience.  Students have the option of training in traditional "hands-on" processes or "hands-off" computer-based fabrication.

Students develop their own projects to maximize student interest, ownership, and motivation. This extends into project-based coursework, participation in extracurricular activities, and student-generated non-academic projects.

The goal of this approach is to help students develop key design for manufacturing skills, including process-planning, resource-planning, material selection, cost analysis, CAD, GD&T, and project management through concurrent engineering and fabrication. We maximize student effort by allowing students the freedom to choose the project.

Project-Based Courses

ME 125/126L Product Design and Development, Design for Manufacturing

ME 264/264L Product Design and Development, Electromechanical systems

ME 265/265L Product Design and Development, Systems Engineering

ME 269/269L Product Design and Development, Design for Manufacturing

ME 477/479/481L/482L Advanced Product Design and Development

Project-Based Student Activities

Conventional Manufacturing Lab CM 214

Link to pictures and video – UR websites

[Expandable Equipment list]

Machining Equipment

  • Haas Minimill VMC (16x12x10)
  • Trak DPM3 CNC vertical mill (31x17x35)
  • Sharps LMV vertical mill (37x12x12)
  • Acra AM2V vertical mill (30x12.5x16)

Turning Equipment

  • Trak TRL 1630 CNC lathe
  • Kent 1020 collet toolroom lathe
  • Southbend heavy 10 collet toolroom lathe
  • KENT 1440 Gear Head engine lathe

Welding/Plasma Equipment

  • Millermatic 211 Mig with spoolgun
  • Smiths oxyacetylene torch


  • Wellsaw V20 vertical bandsaw
  • Jet EH8-8VSM Horizontal band saw
  • Wilton/Strands toolroom drill press
  • Acer AGS 1020 Automated surface grinder

Woods Lab CM 204

Link to pictures and video

[Expandable Equipment list]  

  • Saw stop 10” table saw
  • Dewalt 14” planer
  • Dewalt 10” miter saw (qty2)
  • Bostich pneumatic brad gun (qty 2)
  • Birmingham 12 speed 1 hp drill press
  • Rockwell 14” band saw
  • Craftsman 6” x 48” belt sander
  • Delta abrasive composite table saw
  • Husqvarna diamond composite saw  

Design, Additive Manufacturing Lab CM 234

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[Expandable Equipment list]

  • Makergear M2 (qty 8)
  • BNcd

Industrial Support

Caterpillar Inc.
Cargill, Inc.
Neiman Enterprises
Nucor Corporation




  • Austin Gutknecht
  • Cade Venhuizen
  • Cory Mohill-Smith
  • Dustin Berg
  • Jacob Steffen
  • Tanner Nelson
  • Taylor Muncie
  • Weston Shutts