Forrest Wade Rapid Protoyping



The Manufacturing and Industrial Robotics Laboratory was first established with an NSF Instrumentation and Equipment Grant in 1988, and then continuously enhanced with three more NSF grants and a series of equipment grants originated from Cooper Union, the Kresge Foundation, the Howard Hughes Foundation, and the Forrest Wade Foundation.

Since its inception, the Laboratory has evolved into a well equipped instructional environment capable of supporting courses in the areas of product development and general computer-aided engineering disciplines.  The Laboratory now houses a PUMA 762 Robot, a Fanuc 200iC Robot, a Roland MDX-540 Milling Machine, a tabletop LightMachine turning center, a Morgan plastic injection molding machine, a Dimension SST-1200es rapid prototyping station, a Microscribe 3-D digitizer, and a network of engineering graphics workstations supporting a suite of engineering design, analysis, and manufacturing software tools: Catia, AutoCAD, MasterCAM, Ansys, and SolidWorks.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.