The delivery of a TM8 slant-bed turning center from Hurco (Indianapolis, Indiana) to Ferris State University marks the latest in a continuing collaboration among industry partners to support students studying manufacturing technology.
The machine, a slant-bed lathe that is said to provide short-run versatility, will be housed in a hands-on applications lab at the university’s campus in Big Rapids, Michigan. Hurco’s partners in making the machine available include ITW Drawform (Zeeland, Michigan), Trans-Matic (Holland, Michigan), Sandvik Coromant USA (Fairlawn, New Jersey) and Norchuk Tool Supply (Muskegon, Michigan). The university has been collaborating with industry partners such as Hurco for more than 25 years.
“These long-term industry partnerships provide Ferris State students a network of knowledgeable industry professionals, continuing education for faculty, student scholarships, attendance at industry events and a wealth of career opportunities,” says Dean Krager, Ferris State manufacturing associate professor. “On the flip side, our industry partners benefit from highly-skilled graduates ready to hit the ground running.”