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Page 106 text:
Moving To Machine
The Benson Machine shop has just received a new
Apple lle computer, equipped with two disk drives, and
a line printer. ln time it will be connected to the CNC
mill, that is, it will be ableto showthe path ofatool on a
screen, without actually running the toolg also, it will
allow direct programming into the Bridgeport mill.
When the budget allows, the shop will have a tape
reader and writer to assist the computer.
The Apple ll also has the capability to be hooked up
to a CNC lathe.
Elsewhere in the shop, there are two students
working on special technical projects for the
Professional Engineer's Contest at the Tech Show.
The Machine shop is patiently awaiting the arrival of
a new milling machine to replace the one that no
longer correctly works.
"l enjoy the shop because l feel it has a definite
impact inthe industrial world. Right now, l'm thinking
of my future and the future seems to be with machines.
And the pay is very good!," stated Charise Johnson
"lt gets boring because it's so long, but it's also very
interesting, especially the bigger and harder projects,"
Scot Thorburn 1111 added.
"lt's the best shop in the school with the best
students and the finest staff. The potential for making a
living is unlimited because the average age of
machinists is over 50 years of age," commented Mr. Ed
Thiringer, instructor foreman.
A. Jason Asher 191 gets help from Mr. Robert Reeves, machine shop
teacher. B. Mr. Hiroshi Katayama, machine shop teacher, pauses
after adjusting machine. C. Rudy Lacaden 1111 and Luther MacLean
1111 use the radial drill press. D. Making an adjustment on a lathe is
Vincent Alvarez 1111 E. Machining a piece of metal on the lathe is Al
Brown 1111. F. Ben Towell 1121 feeds information into the CNC
1Computer Numerical Control priorto making a part on the machine.
G. Troy Smith 1111 adjusts a compound on the lathe. H. Student
makes an adjustment on one of the machines.
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CAD System Carries
Benson's electronics department took another giant
leap into the future this year with the purchase of state-
of-the-art educational and design equipment. "The
electronics shops are in the process of developing
their own computer lab. We have a printer, a plotter
and two Apple Ile computers. Video tape lessons are
also being developed," said Mr. Tim Gutfleisch,
sophomore electronics instructor. A plotter is a device
used to "draw" a circuit pattern on a computer, in this
case a Zenith model with two disk drives. The plotter
and computer make up a CAD tcomputer-aided
designl system. Video and computer technology work
together in the interactive computer-controlled video
lessons. Subjects such as multimeter calibration and
Ohm's Law are taught through full-color video
tutorials, which show the student step-by-step how to
operate various types of electronic equipment. The
Apple Ile computer then automatically gives the
student a test on the material that has been discussed.
If the student does not do well, the computer can be
asked for further help. There will be a computer disk
for each student that records individual progress and
completion of each lesson. The computer and video
tape recorder are linked by a controller box that
malfunctioned at first, but is now operating properly.
Another high-tech addition to electronics is the Rhino
robot arm. This device simulates the range of motions
a human arm follows. After much trial and error,
students learned how to control the arm with an Apple
Students created a wide range of devices this year.
Some of them added their own ideas to the legendary
Hofer amplifier and created unique projects. For
example, senior Tracy McKinney designed a 14-band
graphic equalizer. "The shop could have used a little
more discipline, but then it wouldn't have been as
much fun," he recalled.
A. Wendy Bosworth operates speech synthesizer. B.Peter Kwok
412i and Warren Woo C129 work on their senior projects. C. Mr.
William lrgens, Electronics Shop foreman, was chosen as shop
teacher of the year. D. Ron Glenn t11l admires the RCA Dimension
system loaned for the Tech Show. E. Seniors Brian Flagland, Mike
Miller, Gerry Smith, Tim Butler, and Eric Ostlind in a typical pose. F.
Gary Borisch 1125 with his digital LED sequencer. G. John
McPartland t11j assembles a waveform generator. H. Richard Fry
l11l hurries to complete his Tech Show project. l. Mark Middleton
1121 finishes a color organ. J. "lrgens' Island". K. Ken Leung 412i
directs HERO, the robot, to wave his arm.
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