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Available Equipment

The Learning Factory is equipped with several workbenches, hand tools, power tools, as well as machining computer hardware/software for students to use for design projects:

3D Printing

  • Objet 260 Connex
  • UPrint SE
  • Dimension 1200sst
  • MakerBot
  • Next Engine 3D Laser Scanner


  • 3-Axis Bridgeport CNC Machining Center (Torq-Cut V22)
  • Bridgeport Series II milling machine with digital readout (DRO)
  • Bridgeport EZ-Trak CNC/Manual vertical mill
  • 14" South Bend 1440 lathes with DRO
  • 10" Clausing Colchester 15 lathe with DRO
  • 8" South Bend lathe
  • Omax Waterjet
  • Wilton drill press

Sheet Metal Forming

  • 48" shear
  • Brake
  • Roller

Stock Cutoff and Grinding

  • Abrasive cutoff saw
  • Vertical and horizontal band saws
  • Wilton belt sander
  • Pedestal grinder
  • Bead blaster


  • TIG
  • MIG
  • Oxyacetylene


  • Hardness tester
  • Hydraulic press
  • Arbor press

Computer Hardware

  • 12 desktop PCs/workstations
  • HP LaserJet printer

Computer Software

  • SolidWorks
  • MasterCam
  • SolidCam
  • MATLAB/Simulink


Our mission is to help bring the real-world into the classroom by providing engineering students with practical hands-on experience through industry-sponsored and client-based capstone design projects. Since its inception, the Learning Factory has completed more than 1,800 projects for more than 500 different sponsors, and nearly 9,000 engineering students at Penn State University Park participated in such a project.

The Learning Factory

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802