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2016-17 FIRST Robotics Team Applications Now Open!

Attention students: Do you like working hard, participating as a member of a competitive team, and gaining new skills? You may be interested in joining Clark’s award-winning FIRST Robotics Team 696 for the 2016-17 school year! We are looking for students with skills in a variety of areas such as Video Production, Web Development, Engineering, Design, and more. Applications are now open at www.team696.org/apply. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM THIS FRIDAY, 4/22/16 to be considered for the 2016-17 team. Students who desire to take part in other engineering-related extracurricular projects after school should also apply through the above link.

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Clark students and teacher earn NIMS Level 1 Machining Credentials

nims_gcc_lowresOver the week of April 11 through 15, two students and instructor David Black participated in a week long training offered by the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and hosted at Glendale Community College in partnership with the Glendale Community College Professional Development Center. Over the week, the three earned a total of 15 nationally-recognized machining credentials in the areas of measurement, materials and safety, job planning, benchwork, and layout, lathe turning chucking, lathe turning between centers, milling, drill press, CNC mill operation, CNC mill programming, CNC lathe operation, and CNC lathe programming. Earning the certification was a rigorous process, consisting of manufacturing parts to very tight tolerances from provided blueprints and passing extensive online theory and application examinations which included mathematics for manufacturing. Over the course of the 1-week training and the prior week of preparation, the participants spent a total of approximately 80 hours, or one-semester worth of time working on the projects and taking exams. The three are now the first ever students and instructor from Glendale Unified School District to be NIMS credentialed, and hope to assist more students in earning their NIMS credentials during the 2016-17 school year.

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FIRST Robotics Team 696 Tours Haas Factory

Before heading to the FIRST Robotics regional competition, students from Clark Magnet High School’s Team 696 visited the Haas Automation Factory in Oxnard, CA. There, they were greeted by tour guide Kenneth Foulks who gave students valuable insight into the manufacturing industry and future careers. The students were also able to see a live demonstration of 5-axis machining on a Haas UMC-750 and tour the catwalk above the factory floor where Haas machines are assembled. With more than 1,000,000 square feet of production floor, the Haas factory in Oxnard, California is one of the largest manufacturing facilities in the state, if not the western half of the country. At peak production output, Haas manufactures up to 1800 machines every month!

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Inventor HSM 2016 Now Available

Autodesk’s CAM solution for Inventor has been updated to include turning capabilities and AnyCAD support, which allows it to import model data from virtually any other CAD application. Inventor HSM is integrated seamlessly into Inventor and allows users to easily take their ideas from concept to completion using one software product. CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) software is used to generate toolpaths which are then translated into commands for CNC machines to produce precision components from raw materials.

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