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Manufacturing

A partnership with Kennesaw State University, Novelis, and Kell Robotics is providing manufacturing support for all Georgia FRC and FTC teams. Additionally, beginning in 2018, teams outside of the Atlanta area will have more convenient access to machining, with Georgia Southern University being added as a waterjet hub in Statesboro, GA, and with Columbus Space Program offering to manufacture teams’ parts with their new CNC router.

The team will be able to obtain free manufacturing when using designs requiring waterjet cutting.

The material is aluminum, 5xxx series, heat treatable, and cold formable.
The size of the donated material is:

0.063 (actual gauge 0.061) 60″ length 60″ width
0.090 (actual gauge 0.084) 60″ length 60″ width
0.125 (actual gauge 0.122) 60″ length 60″ width

There will be no charge to teams, for the material or machine time.

Other materials may be cut. Please contact us for the cost of materials and availability.  Or customers may supply their own material.  Please send the CAD files for review before purchasing materials.

The aluminum sheet material is also available to team if they want to access other machine shop services.

Limitations:

All sheet metal parts that are intended to be bent or folded must be designed as a sheet metal part. See you CAD software documentation for details.

Raw material and machine shop services are intended to support reasonable manufacturing efforts for teams. Services may be restricted for excessively enthusiastic requests.

KSU’s Submission Process

For teams getting parts from KSU, teams must send all job submissions to edbarker@kennesaw.edu

An IPT or STEP file representing the 3-D part, AND a flattened DWG file is to be submitted. The part must have been originally designed as a ‘sheet metal part’ in order to accomplish this task.

The material specification for each part must be specified; the default is aluminum 5xxx series. Teams must specify gauge.

Any problems found with the file submission will be returned to the team, with directions to correct errors.

GSU’s Submission Process

For teams getting parts from Georgia Southern University, teams must send all job submissions to Brandon King at kingbrandon14@gmail.com

An IPT, SLDPRT, or STEP file representing the 3-D part, AND a flattened DXF file is to be submitted (simply click ‘save as’ or ‘export’ to .dxf file type). The material specification for each part must be specified; the default is aluminum 5xxx series. Teams must specify gauge.

Any problems found with the file submission will be returned to the team, with directions to correct errors.

Columbus Space Program’s Submission Process

For teams getting parts from Columbus Space Program, teams must send all job submissions to Luther Richardson at astro@mit.edu

An IPT, SLDPRT, or STEP file representing the 3-D part, AND a flattened DWG file is to be submitted. The material specification for each part must be specified; the default is aluminum 5xxx series. Teams must specify gauge.

Any problems found with the file submission will be returned to the team, with directions to correct errors.

Helpful Instructions and Software:

You should consider designing your parts as sheet metal if you want to fold or bend the metal. It is also recommended that you take your dxf or dwg file and process it through OMAX Layout. to check for errors before submission.  Files with significant errors may be returned for correction.  See the end of the OMAX document below to get details on training. Until you have been trained, feel free to submit your dwg / dxf files as usual. Please see these three documents.

Inventor for Waterjet

Solidworks for Waterjet

OMAX software for Georgia FIRST – use THIS procedure – do not contact OMAX

The KSU email address is the only acceptable form of communication.