HCC Machining Instructors Create Plaque for New Pedestrian Bridge at DuPont State Recreational Forest

By Haywood Community College | Aug 07, 2013

Haywood Community College Machining instructors recently created a plaque for a new pedestrian bridge at Hooker Falls in DuPont State Recreational Forest. The bridge was constructed as a project of the NC Department of Agriculture over the Little River for the safety of pedestrians.

The plaque is a tribute to the Commissioner of Agriculture, Steve Troxler, for his help in completion of the project.

“This plaque is a functional piece of art that will be placed permanently on the bridge,” says Bill Yarborough, HCC Board of Trustees member. “I suggested the help of the Regional High Technology Center at HCC for the creation of the plaque. As a trustee and supporter of HCC, I am very proud to highlight what the college can create using the state-of-the-art machining tools available to our students.”

Instructors Doug Cabe and Dale Haddock worked collaboratively to complete the plaque which is made from aluminum. A HAAS VF2 three axis Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machine was used to create the piece. This equipment was purchased at HCC last year with funds from the Department of Labor Grant awarded for Advanced Manufacturing.

The process of creating the plaque started with a photograph that was scanned into machining software then cleaned of rough or unclear textures. The software used was MasterCam Art, which is part of the MasterCam Computer-Integrated software used to run the CNC equipment in the machine shop.  A tool path was added which tells the machine where to cut the material.  The aluminum was set in the machine, the NC code is created, and then the plaque was created.

“This high tech process is similar to the process Computer-Integrated Machining students learn and practice at the Regional High Technology Center to train for jobs in our local industry,” explains Deborah Porto, Interim Executive Director of Workforce Development at HCC.

For more information about the Computer-Integrated Machining program, please call the Regional High Technology Center at 627-4631 or 627-4500.