NSF MRI: CNC Micro-Milling Workstation

MRI Project Team

CBET-1504174: MRI Acquisition of a CNC Micro-Milling Workstation

The Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) has received a $171,736.00 grant (CBET-1504174) from the National Science Foundation for the acquisition of a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) micro-milling workstation.

Faculty members in multiple Departments at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) and Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) worked together for the proposal to better serve research and educational needs of two Hispanic serving institutions in South Texas

Milling machine

The miniaturized fabrication is emerging as a leading contender to meet increasing demands of highly efficient and compact systems that allow scientists or engineers to break through the barriers of developing innovative technologies in many applications.  The purchased CNC micro-milling workstation are specifically designed for fabricating high precision, micro-scale small parts and structures directly on several materials including plastics and metals (Aluminum, Copper, Steel, and Stainless Steel) in cost effectively and fastest way with the capability of ±1 micrometer positioning accuracy and sub-micrometer repeatability. 

The direct fabrication of micro-scale parts and structures opens up opportunities to develop complex micro-scale systems with eliminating design restrictions while maintaining accuracy and functionality.  The workstation enables to develop new research projects and broaden the research capabilities of two institutions in research areas of micro fabrication, microfluidic devices, and bio-micro mechanical electrical systems (Bio-MEMS), and micro/nano-scale heat exchangers.  The newly introduced CNC micro-milling machine will draw more undergraduate and graduate students into multidisciplinary STEM programs provided by the institutions

Specifications of the CNC Micro Milling Machine (Model 363-S, Microlution Inc.)

Timeline to obtain the CNC Micro-Milling Machine

Preliminary List of Projects

Micro/nano-scale surfaces and structures for high performance fluid transportation and two-phase heat transfer applications.

  • High Performance Fluid Transportation

Fluid Transportaion

  • Two-Phase heat transfer Applications


Micro Fluidic Device

  • Design and Fabrication of Microfluidic Network
  • Experimental Investigation of Fluid Behavior
  • Usage of microfluidic device for Drosophila eye development and degeneration studies

This page was last updated on: August 12, 2015