DLC Labs – Work Orders and Materials

Work Orders and Materials

A Work Order can be a good way to get that one or two parts made by the shop machinists. The machine shop gets better each day at turning out items of interest.  A Work Order is when the shop machinist takes your print, your materials and performs the necessary maker work.

What is needed?

-1) A good print and the CAD model e-mailed to dlc@marquette.edu

-2) Material delivered to the shop’s blue “Drop Off” cart labeled so we can identify your work order.

-3) Work Order submitted by either paper or web


Below is a short, incomplete list of drafting standards which will help with the CAD drawing. The standards are a guide for generating something that a machinist can use to make your part. The shop reviews all drawings. A CAD file assists us when we find a drawing is missing a crucial dimension.

ASME Y14.100- Engineering drawing and practices
ASME Y14.3- Multi-view and sectional view drawings
ASME Y14.5- Dimensioning and Tolerancing

CAD files should have all associated files included in a complete .zip file.

Solidworks – .sldprt and .slddrw all files

NX – .prt file


Materials shall be purchased from the various local vendors and delivered to the DLC Lab drop off cart at the same time that the Work Order is submitted.

All materials submitted for making a part are inspected. I use my judgment to determine whether a material is suitable for manufacturing. I make no judgment as to whether a part will function in a design. The shop is only concerned with manufacturing a part to the supplied print. I reserve this right to decide due to safety and practicality.

The DLC Lab is asked many times to supply “scrap” for use in making a part. I would like to ask, if your project is important, why are you asking for trash to be used in making your component? Oftentimes scrap takes additional time to whittle and force into an acceptable part. This additional time is expensive in terms of manpower and tooling availability. I reserve the right to shut down any project using “scrap”. Please take this into consideration when looking at available materials.

Work Orders

Work orders may be submitted in paper form or by the web. The paper forms may be found in or near the tool crib in the DLC Lab. If materials are not submitted when the work order is submitted, the work order will be placed on hold until I have time to figure out what is going on…

If you have any questions, email the dlc@marquette.edu. We will do our best to answer.


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