The agriculture classroom has always been a great place to learn about ag science, business, horticulture (dual credit through Heartland Community College), ag mechanics and leadership. Now the Olympia Ag shop has added a CNC plasma cutting table. Students have the unique opportunity to develop their skills in design with computer aided drafting (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM). These skills will translate into high demand careers in the skilled trades. Students will have the opportunity to plan, design and create projects with a hands-on approach. Through generous support from our community, the Olympia FFA alumni & supporters, and the Olympia school board a Lincoln Electric Torchmate 4800 was purchased. Students are currently learning the basics of CAD and have just begun
to produce projects. The Torchmate 4800 has the ability to cut 4 foot by 8 foot sheet metal up to 1 inch thick. Most of the ag class projects will be made with 14 guage mild steel. Senior, Lane Miller has taken the lead on this project. He has used his experience with his own CNC wood router to learn the intricacies of the plasma table. When asked about the opportunity to learn and use the plasma cutting table Miller stated, “I have always enjoyed working with metal and this machine allows us to produce more accurate designs. I think it’s awesome that a whole new world is now available to our ag department.” If you are interested in ordering a custom piece from the Olympia Ag Department, you may contact Ag Teacher - Bryce Hoffman (Phone: 309-379-5911, ext. 9317 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) for pricing and availability.