Step 1: MakerBot
In the Craft Tech Lab, we work and play in the intersection between computation and real-world crafts.
Just inside the front door is our MakerBot, with some test output.
Step 2: Bench Tools
We have a number of conventional bench tools, which get heavy use.
Step 3: Grad Student Workspace
Here is a doctoral student's workspace:
Step 4: Another Grad Student Workspace
Another doctoral student's workspace. Assorted items pictured include LilyPad Arduino (Leah Buechley built the initial design in this lab as a grad student); arduino; paper flowers; a knifty knitter, just for fun ...
Step 5: Wide View
Step 6: 3D Printer and Electronics
One of the tidier areas of the lab ... an older Catalyst 3D printer, which fabricates in plaster (or starch) with an epoxy binder. Various electronics above it.
Step 7: Laser Cutter
Here's our workhorse machine: a VersaLaser 300. We have it hooked up to a nitrogen supply to cut down on some of the burn factor since we cut a lot of wood.
Step 8: Materials Storage
Materials for the VersaLaser and general fabrication. This storage area contains mostly basswood and acrylic.
Step 9: Dimension 3D Printer
This is our Dimension SST 3D Printer. It has a nice 8x8x8 build space, and we like to print in various ABS colors (cartridges stacked to the side). Perched on the top of it is a model of da Vinci's hammer device.
Step 10: Front Window
This is the front window and display area of our lab. The window showcases current work including laser cut mathematical slice forms; string sculpture that uses laser-cut frames; laser-cut mechanical moving toys; 3D pop-up paper crafts (software-generated); hypergami (software-generated) polyhedral paper sculpture; and a paddle boat fabricated in our first-year engineering projects class that uses both laser cut and 3D-printed mechanisms.
First Prize in the
Share Your Space Challenge