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Technological resources

One third of the education provided at ISAE-Supméca is dedicated to projects, practical courses and experimentation.

Students develop a mechanical engineering project from as soon as the first year. In the second year, they experience what it is to work for a real design office, and in the third year they carry out a Summary Project which enables them to apply the knowledge and expertise they have acquired. Throughout their training, students have access to equipment and digital tools that are in-line with the most recent industrial practices.


The MakerSpace: ISAESupméca’s Very Own Fab Lab

The MakerSpace Fab Lab has recently opened to give students and staff members access to all the available equipment in order to conduct personal projects with support from the engineers and technicians of the Technical Department.


The Technical Department

The experimentation and digital resources that are used for educational and research purposes are managed by the Technical Department. There are four overarching categories of resources: instrumentation, calculation, materials and mechanics.

The Technical Department elaborates and builds the resources and tools used for experimentation such as test benches, data acquisition and processing systems, as well as specific calculation tools that are tailored to what teachers-researchers need. It is also in charge of managing the workshops and educational research facilities.


Educational Research Facilities

  • Dynamic systems, tribology and Strength of Materials
  • Mechatronics
  • Materials
  • Rheology
  • Acoustics

Mechanical Workshop

  • 3D measurement arms and scanners (Faro)
  • 3D printer (Fortus 360mc)
  • NC milling machine (Feeler) and other conventional models
  • 3-axis CNC lathe (Manurhin) and other conventional lathes
  • Automatic cut-off machine (Struers)
  • Grinding machine, shearing machine
  • Band saws and pendulum saw
  • Pillar drills
  • Soldering stations
  • Water-jet cutter

Electronic Workshop

  • Acquisition tools and sensors
  • Digital milling machine (CIF Technodrill 3 XL)
  • Multifunction measurement device (NI Virtual Bench)
  • Digital oscilloscope (Tektronix)
  • Digital multimeter
  • 3D printers: 2 from FDM (1 Ultimaker 2 extended, 1 Makerbot Replicator+) and 1 from SLA (Form3)

Equipment Used for Material Manufacturing and Characterisation Work

  • Scanning Electron Microscope (Jeol)
  • Optical microscope (Zeiss)
  • Microhardness tester (Buehler)
  • Microanalysis analyser (Oxford)
  • Rheometer
  • Chainsaws, coating machine, polishing machines
  • Tensile testing machine (Instron)
  • Tensile test bench with contactless, camera-operated measurements (Zwick)
  • Fatigue testing machine
  • Ovens
  • Clamp and resin injection unit for composite-material production using the Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) process

Equipment for Characterisation Work in Tribology

  • Twin-disk tribometer
  • Pin-on-disk tribometer
  • Multi-motion tribometers
  • Fretting testers
  • Cryogenic and high-temperature equipment
  • Multifunction tribometers with integrated profilometer and surface measurement capacity — contact measurement (Surfascan)
  • Multifunction tribometer with integrated profilometer and surface measurement capacity — non-contact measurement (STIL-Micromesure2)

Equipment for Characterisation Work in Acoustics

  • Acoustic intensity measurement
  • Kundt’s tube
  • Impedometer
  • Acoustic testing room

Equipment for Characterisation Work Concerning the Dynamic Properties of Materials

  • Electromagnetic vibrators
  • Hydraulic vibrators
  • Miniature accelerometers and data-acquisition cards
  • Viscoelasticity measuring-device for materials
  • 1D laser vibrometer
  • Impact hammer
  • High-speed cameras
  • Robot (UR10) with built-in 100 kHz laser vibrometer

Equipment Used for Calculation and Modelling Work

  • Compute server with 256Gb RAM, two eight-core processors
  • Scientific computation software-programs: Matlab, Maple, Scilab, Abaqus, etc.