• A brass plaque being printed

    Brass plaque, by Martin Lotz, made on the ShopBot CNC Router.
  • Replicas being created on the ShopBot CNC Router

    Replicas by Zach Wade and Kelly Zona, made on the ShopBot CNC Router.
  • LED-lit acrylic signs

    LED-lit acrylic signs made on the Epilog and Universal laser cutters.
  • rubber mold of an octopus

    Rubber mold-making workshop.

Fab Lab Equipment

Here's a rundown of each piece of equipment, the software we use, and the file types we accept.

All materials are subject to approval of lab staff. Please bring proof of material (receipt, manufacturer's mark....etc.).

Epilog Laser Cutter

Specs: Bed size: 12x24". 40 watts. Cuts materials up to about 1/4" thick.

Compatible software: We use CorelDRAW X5, but you can design your file in any program Corel can open. Adobe Illustrator (commercial) and Inkscape (open source, free) are both potential alternatives. Some more popular potential formats are: *.cdr, *.ai, *.pdf, *.eps, *.ps, *.prn. Corel can also import and trace bitmap files such as .jpg or .gif. When run your file you will need to edit your file in Corel so that your cuts are "hairline" width. All other vectors will be engraved.

Acceptable Materials:
Wood, laserable plastic (cannot contain harmful chemicals, ex. PVC), corian, avonite, delrin, glass, leather, marble, matboard, paper and melamine.

Availability:
The laser cutter is available on a first-come, first-served basis. However, you can reserve it ahead of time.
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Further reading:

Universal Laser Cutters

Specs: Bed size: 24x18". 60 watts. Cuts materials up to about 1/4" thick.

Compatible software: We use Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator, however, you can import vector file formats such as .DXF from CAD software such as AutoCad, SolidWorks, Fusion 360, and Rhino 3D. Image files can be imported from file formats such as .PDF, .JPG, and .PNG. 

Acceptable Materials: Most materials excluding vinyl and PVC. Email us to check whether or not your material is acceptable.

Availability:
The laser cutter is available on a reservation only basis.
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ShopBot CNC Router

Specs: Bed size: 4'x8'
Z-Axis Travel Height: 3"

Compatible software: We use PartWorks V2.5, PartWorks 3D, or Aspire to generate tool path files. However, you can design in a program you feel comfortable with, such as Adobe Illustrator for more 2D files such as basic furniture design or SolidWorks, 123D Design, or a different CAD program for 3D modelling projects such as carving. Accepted file formats, V2.5: *.crv, *.dxf, *.dwg, *.eps, *.ai, *.pdf. Accepted file formats, 3D: *.v3D *.stl, *.v3m, *.3ds, *.x, *.dxf, *.lwo, *.sbp, *.wrl, *.obj.

Acceptable Materials:
Hardwood, plywood, formaldehyde-free MDF, and foam.

Availability:
The ShopBot CNC Router is available on a reservation only basis.
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Torchmate CNC Plasma Cutter

Specs: Bed size: 2x4'

Availability:
Available on a reservation only basis.
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uPrint Plus 3D Printer

Specs: Build volume: 8"x6"x6"
Material: ABS plastic.
Layer Resolution: 330 to 250 microns, depending on the setting

Compatible software: Only accepts *.stl files.

Availability: The uPrint is available on a reservation only basis.
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Material Cost: $10 per cubic inch

Afinia 3d Printers (2)

Specs: Build volume: 5x5x5 Material: PLA biodegradable plastic Layer resolution: 150 micron

Compatible Software: .stl files

Availability: The Afinia printers are available on a drop-in basis. If they are unavailable when you wish to use them, we will put your file in a queue and print it when the next machine is available.

Material Cost: $7 per cubic inch

Further Reading: http://www.afinia.com/

Roland Vinyl Cutter

Specs: Max roll size: 30"
Material: Vinyl, paper, and various fabrics for printing. 

Compatible software: Can cut straight from .EPS format.

Availability:
The vinyl cutter is available on a reservation basis only.
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Material Costs:
Vinyl - $2 per linear foot
Ink - $10 per mL