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New Bridgeport Series 1 Mill
Posted on 11/11/2020

In the midst of a global pandemic and so much turmoil, today is a great day for Tesla students!  On what might be the last warm morning for some time, and in between the rain showers, our new Bridgeport Series 1 mill was delivered.  The mill is an addition to the three other mills the manufacturing lab currently contains and will expand the school’s ability to serve students with state-of-the-art equipment and experiences.

This is yet another example of how our charter board, local businesses, FIRST Robotics mentors, parents, and teaching staff continue to work together to improve opportunities for our students. In 2014 the Plexus Community Charitable Foundation provided a donation for the acquisition of a Haas TM-1P CNC mill, with the commitment of additional funds for the purchase of a Haas ST-10 CNC lathe, provided the school receive matching funds from other community supporters.  We’re proud to say that the white Bridgeport mill in the pictures was a donation from Miller back in 2014 to help satisfy part of the required match.   To this day, Miller continues to provide welders, plasma torches, and accessories, and, along with Plexus, provides expert technical support and mentorship to our students.  

Our newest Bridgeport will provide continuity between machines which will make the learning experience of our students more streamlined.  It also increases our capacity, providing more students access to equipment for greater periods of time. The benefits will be felt by both our academic classes and our FIRST Robotics team.  Our next step is to replace the other two mills, one of which was donated by Plexus nearly a quarter century ago.  It’s been very good to us, but is beginning to cost more to maintain, both in funding and down time. 

We are sincerely grateful to all who support our students through their generous donations of time, talent, and funding.  Thank you to all who helped make this latest acquisition possible; it was another great team effort!

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