The Pearce Robotics Machine Shop

You should really take notice that even though the shop is the largest and most expensive part of the Pearce Robotics program, its burred 3 levels deep in the design document for our team.

There is alot to using the shop but ALOT more outside of the shop.

Remember before entering the shop YOU MUST have a current safety certification, be wearing the correct PPE, have a mentor in the area, and clean up your area once you are done.

Shop Safety

Please see the basic safety documentation for more details

Generic Shop Rules

  • You Must have a Current Safety Certification to enter the shop or use the tools.
  • Safety Glasses must be worn at all times
  • Closed toed shoes must be worn at all times
  • Long hair must be tied back (Hairbands are in the safety corner)
  • Loose clothing must be tied back (use a shop apron from the safety corner)
  • Lanyards, hanging jewelry, and non stud earrings need to be removed before entering the shop.
  • Keep the garage door locked on school days between 8:15a - 4:10p
  • Never use a tool alone
  • Never use a tool you are not trained on
  • Always let people know when you are about to use a tool
  • Phones in pockets when using or assisting with a tool
  • A Mentor/Sponsor must be in the Engineering Wing for any power tool to be used
  • A Mentor/Sponsor must assist in use of the Lathe
    • Always have a plan before entering the shop

Our Shop

Fundamental Tool Use

Fundamental Tool Use

Tools in our Shop

How to read an Engineering Drawing

Every time you enter the shop you need to do so with a purpose and a plan to build or construct something. Having a detailed drawing from Onshape is the best way to have a plan.

Please see Engineering Drawings for more training

Inspecting parts

Once you are done making a part you need to inspect it that it meets your initial design requirements

    1. Find your original design/sketch or engineering drawing and determine the critical dimensions.
      1. Edge lengths.
      2. Bolt holes/ thread holes (use the hole design table to help)
      3. Hole alignment and placement
      4. Perpendicular/parallel surfaces
    2. Use our measuring tools to verify that each of these critical dimensions are within your tolerances.
      1. CNC Parts are +/- .01 inches
      2. Hand parts are +/- .0675 inches (1/16")
      3. Some parts may require a tighter tolerances
      4. Use the thread checker to check any taped threads

Clean up after yourself

    • After you are done with your tool return it to the state it was in before you got there
      • Take out the bit/blade and return it to the tool chest and drawer
      • Wipe off any dust or cut off and throw away
      • Return the larger cut off to the storage
    • Always return a tool from the tool chests back to where you found it.
    • If you see something out of place with no one around clean it up.
      • Put away drill bits and tools
      • Ask the Shop Manager if you don't know where it goes
    • Place your sub parts in a storage box not the work tables
    • Every night preform the shop clean up operation