Craft Technology Lab, CU Boulder




Introduction: Craft Technology Lab, CU Boulder

Welcome to our photographic tour through the Craft Technology Lab at CU Boulder.  The Craft Tech Lab is part of the computer science department, and is run by faculty Mike and Ann Eisenberg, with doctoral students Yingdan Huang, Jane Meyers, and Ben Leduc-Mills.

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

Here is a wide view of the grad student work area side of the lab.  Ben Leduc-Mills' u-cube project is toward the back.  Also in the photo are pieces from Yingdan Huang's Easigami, and Jane Meyers' Craftopolis.

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. 

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    3 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    CGA color code for nitrogen is blue, I think. Oxygen is green.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Brings back Boulder memories--it's been years since I visited the Craft Technology Lab, but clearly it is still just as exuberant. Thanks for sharing your space!

    Also, +1 on basswood as a laser material. Cuts like butter.