Students have access to 3D printers and a CNC machine to rapidly prototype their designs. Equipment is used by submitting a job request with the appropriate information. Lab technicians will then fabricate the parts. There is no labor costs to any team that is in M:2:I. Materials costs do apply.
The lab has access to 4 3D printers, 2 Mojo printers, an Objet 260 printer and the newest printer, a FormLabs Form 2. All printers require that students submit a job request and the only file accepted is a STL file type. The following is the specifications on each printer.
- 12.7×12.7×12.7 cm (5″x5″x5″) print volume
- White ABSPlus plastic
- Soluble support material
- .178mm (.007 inch) layer thickness
Connex Object 260
- 25.5×25.2×20.0 cm (10″x9.9″x7.9″) print volume
- Multiple materials, usually VeroWhite (White ABS Plastic) and TangoBlack (Flexible material) are available
- Materials can be mixed to produce different shades of gray/flexibility
- Support material must be mechanically removed (does not dissolve)
- Typical layer thickness is 30 microns, can do 16 microns in High Quality mode
- Accuracy is 200 microns or better (usually 5-20 microns)
Formlabs Form 2
- 145 × 145 × 175 mm (5.7 × 5.7 × 6.9 in) print volume
- Laser spot – 140 microns
- Axis resolution as low as 25 microns
- Clear, ABS, Flexible and castable materials available.
Please see the Formlabs website which has an excellent guide on minimums for printing on this printer.
The Shop Sabre 23 is available for students to use to for cutting foam, wood, and particle boards. Metal working is currently not allowed on this CNC. Students need to submit a job request for this machine. Solidworks files may be submitted but will require extra time as our technicians must post-process those files to G-code. DXF files are recommended for simple 2D cutting. The Shop Sabre has the following specifications.
- 3 axis (X,Y,Z) CNC
- 3.25 HP Router
- Cut Area – 25″x36″x5″
- Resolution – .005 inches
- Cutting speed (max) – 350 IPM