Publication Date

Summer 8-14-2020

Document Type

Final Report

Problem Statement

Due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, many schools have switched to fully remote classes. For mechanical engineering students, machine shop is an essential part of their education, so they have familiarity with how products are manufactured, and so they have the skills needed to build prototypes for their senior design. In order to fulfill this need without breaking social distancing guidelines, students need a way to gain real experience with lathes without going on campus.

Author's School

McKelvey School of Engineering

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Class Name

Mechanical Engineering Design Project (UMSL JME 410)


Proposed design for a lathe simulation. This includes a computer program that provides a visual que to the students, and a user interface. The interface will have two hand wheels that represent x and z axis control on a real lathe. Using haptic feedback, the user will feel as if they are using a real lathe. The required torque to rotate the handwheels will increase and decrease depending on the rate at which the tool is driven into the part. This system will provide students with the opportunity to build experience with machining without the risk of in-person instruction, and without the myriad risks of remote-control machine operation.

Available for download on Tuesday, August 13, 2030