Plans for the Makerspace

2-in-1 Computer Numerical Control Machine

Currently, The Makerspace does not have a functioning Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machine, nor does it have a laser cutting machine for aspiring engineers to use on their projects. Purchasing a commercial CNC machine and laser cutter separately can cost well over one hundred thousand dollars. Not only are they expensive, they also take up a lot of valuable space within the workroom. These machines are not very user friendly and are difficult to use effectively without prior knowledge or training.

By creating a user friendly 2-in-1 machine, similar to the one shown above, this project aims to allow engineering students an effective way to prototype their projects. The CNC machine will be a dual function mill and laser cutter and students will be able to switch between cutting tools as needed. This versatile design will provide access to two separate manufacturing methods, but on a much smaller footprint than two separate machines, maximizing valuable floor space in the room. The time spent manufacturing on student projects will be reduced with the availability of this machinery. Costs for this project will be reduced by purchasing the required parts and assembling the machine on site.

About the team

Phat Nguyen – Project Manager for Fall 2018.

Phat is a Senior Mechanical Engineering student at San Jose State University.

Syeda Amena Ali – Manufacturing Engineering Lead for Fall 2018

Amena is a Mechanical Engineering Senior who is joining the EPICS program on the CNC machine project for her culminating year. She is happy to be working on a project that will hopefully outlive her time here at SJSU and also has a busy year ahead as Spartan Hyperloop’s Lead Simulations Engineer.




Weston Everett – Mechanical Design Engineer for Fall 2018




Simon Lee – Computer Engineering for Fall 2018 

Simon is a Computer Engineering major currently working on the CNC machine project for EPICS. His areas of interest for his career revolves around software engineering and web development. On his free time, he enjoys traveling, going on adventures, hiking and bike riding. He joined EPICS because he wanted to work on a project to help him learn as well as benefit the community. His future plans will be to push his interest in software engineering and web development further and continue to learn new technologies.