DIGITAL LAB

 

THE DIGITAL FABRICATION LAB HOUSES A LARGE COLLECTION OF AUTOMATED PROTOTYPING TOOLS. WITH MULTIPLE LASER CUTTERS, 3D PRINTERS AND CNC ROUTERS THE DFL OFFERS STUDENTS THE RESOURCES TO EXPLORE CONCEPTS OF SCALE, MATERIALS AND ASSEMBLY.

 

Laser Cutters - The mid-sized cutting systems are purposed for cutting and etching plastics, papers and fabrics. Laser cutters are commonly the first machine introduced to students and quickly become a strong companion to any design development. Continue to the Laser Cutters page for material recommendations, machine restrictions, a template file, and video guides.

3D Printers - The lab also makes use of eight rapid prototyping machines for on-demand printing of models. They offer many different material options, from plastics to powders and ceramics. Continue to the 3D Printers page for material recommendations, machine restrictions, a template file, and video guides.

CNC Routers - Each campus has a large format 3 axis CNC router capable of processing plywood, plastics and foams. From cutting out flat shapes to assemblies and 3D surfacing of thick stocks. Continue to the CNC Routers page for material recommendations, machine restrictions, a template file, and video guides.


LASER CUTTERS

Laser cutting is essential to quick physical realization of designs and continue to be the most sought after tool in the facility. The Making Complex has 5 medium format lasers with the capacity to process a large assortment of modeling and presentation materials.

 

 
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ACRYLIC

 
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PLYWOOD

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WOOD VENEER

 
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BRISTOL BOARD

 

 

PURPOSE

For students in the Arch. or I.Arch. programs, the lasers are used for the quick production of working models and the creation of physical presentations. The DFL-1 orientation provides instruction on how to use the machines but does not address the practice of translating 3D designs to flat material assemblies. We suggest seeking out and referring to packaging design, cut/scored folded paneling, and stacking and interlocking slices.

In the  Arch. or I.Arch. programs, etching (explained below) is of little to no use as it is of a more graphic producing operation but occasionally is useful.

 

USE REQUIREMENT

  1. Completion of the Laser Cutting Orientation.
  2. Proficiency in a 3D modeling software.

 

OPERATIONS

Laser Cutters are able to perform three types of operations. Sheet material can be CUT, SCORED or ETCHED.  The cutting or scoring operations fire the laser and move along a CAD vector drawing. In order to burn graphics into a material, an etching operation is performed.

 

HARDWARE

 
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UNIVERSAL - ILS12.75

75 watt CO2 laser
bed size: 48" x 24"
 
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EPILOG - 36EXT

50 watt CO2 laser
bed size: 36" x 24"
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UNIVERSAL - ILS9.75

75 watt CO2 laser
bed size: 36" x 24"
 

 

MACHINE GUIDES AND TEMPLATE FILES

The following links will allow you to download our machine use guides and template files to help you successfully prepare your files. There are two template files to work from, however we recommend Rhinoceros3D if you know how to use it. If not, the illustrator file will work just the same.

 

POLICY REMINDERS

All users must check in with a staff member before starting their work session.

MUST CHECK IN PRIOR TO CUTTING

Students are allowed to make appointments to a maximum time of 1 hour per day and 3 hours per week. This system is on the honor system so do not take advantage of your classmates.

MAX APPOINTMENTS:      1 HOUR/DAY      3 HOURS/WEEK

At the end of one's appointment, the machine must be stopped. The appointment schedule is not flexible so practice proper time management.

TRASH MUST BE REMOVED FROM MACHINE AND DISCARDED

Staff do not make cuts or clean up after students.

Proper machine setting for the user's operation must be tested before running their actual job.

STAFF ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR RECOMMENDING SETTINGS

Once the laser is cutting the user must stay with the machine and watch for a flame. If a flame is seen, report to a staff member.

USER MUST STAY WITH MACHINE UNTIL JOB IS COMPLETE


3D PRINTERS

THE WOODBURY SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE STRIVES TO MEET THE CHALLENGE OF PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH ACCESS TO EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES, IN AN EVER CHANGING INDUSTRY. CURRENTLY, THE MAKING COMPLEX OFFERS EIGHT 3D PRINTERS CAPABLE OF PRINTING PLASTIC, GYPSUM POWDER AND CLAY.

 

 
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ZCORP 350

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PROJET 460+

 
 
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UPRINT SE+

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ZORTRAX M200

 

 

PURPOSE

In the academic arena, 3D printers are used to quickly prototype parts or models with complex geometries. As a student, one will seek out the use of these machines when a project cannot be satisfied by quicker or cheaper means. Another use, as seen with the clay printer, is the investigation of such technologies and their implications to the field.

 

USE REQUIREMENT

  1. Completion of the Laser Cutting Orientation.
  2. Proficiency in a 3D modeling software.

 

OPERATION

3D printers are best used for creating model parts with complex geometry and occasionally provide quicker production times over other processes.

 

HARDWARE

 
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$12 /in3

ZCORP 350

Material: gypsum powder
Build Size: 8" x 10" x 8"
Support: self support
Colors: White
Character: precise but fragile
Cost: $12 per cubic inch
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$12 /in3

3D SYSTEMS UPRINT SE+

Material: ABS Plastic
Build Size: 8" x 8" x 6"
Support: soluble PVA
Colors: White
Character: very precise and soluble support but slow and expensive
Cost: $12 per cubic inch
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$12 /in3

3D Systems Projet 460+

Material: gypsum powder
Build Size: 8" x 10" x 8"
Support: self support
Colors: Full Color
Character: precise but fragile
Cost: $12 per cubic inch
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$6 /in3

ZORTRAX M200

Material: ABS or PVA
Build Size: 7" x 7" x 6"
Support: break away
Colors: Black, White
Character: cheap but limited to simple geometry
Cost: $6 per cubic inch
 
 
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$20 /tube

Delta 3D Potter

Material: ceramic clay
Build Size: 16" x 12" x 12"
Support: none
Colors: n/a
Character: cheap but extreme striation and limited to self supporting geometry
Cost: TBD
 

 

GUIDES AND TEMPLATE FILES

The following links will allow you to download our machine use guide and template file to help ensure that your file is truly ready to be printed.

 

POLICY REMINDERS

All students intending to 3D print must prepare their own geometry, fill out the submission form and make an appointment.

NO FILES WILL BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT AND FORM

It is the student's responsibility to submit watertight and properly thickened models. The Making Complex takes no responsibility for failed prints due to geometry.

All submitted files are printed on a first come, first served basis. Once your consultation is complete your form is placed into a queue. When the print is complete, you will receive an email notifying you of its status.

PRINTS ARE RUN ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

The Making Complex staff cannot guarantee that your print will be ready on a certain day/time.

If multiple files are submitted during the same consultation, yours will be run first, then the next person's print will be run and then your second file will be run and so on.

To students needing to run multiple files on the UPrint SEplus, we advise you to print outside of the university. Refer to our Resources page for recommendations.


CNC ROUTERS

WOODBURY OFFERS STUDENTS ACCESS TO A LARGE FORMAT CNC ROUTER AT BOTH CAMPUSES. WITH THE ABILITY TO CREATE 2D AND 3D PARTS WITH EXTREME ACCURACY, CNC OPERATIONS FIT WELL IN THE LIBRARY OF MACHINES IN THE MAKING COMPLEX.

 
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TOOLING FOAM

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SHEET ALUMINUM

 
 
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CAST ACRYLIC

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PLYWOOD

 

 

PURPOSE

CNC routers have long been a digital tool used in the academic setting of design. The machine has the ability to quickly mock up full scale prototypes, make highly detailed site models and sculpt molds for casting parts. The learning curve is steep but once the nature of the process is understood, students find it incredibly useful.

 

USE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Completion of DFL-1 orientation.
  2. Proficiency in a 3D modeling software.

 

OPERATION

CNC Routers are used to cut out flat shapes (Profiling) such as gears and screens or making reliefs (2.5D sculpting) such as molds or topographies.

 

HARDWARE

 
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$15 /HR

SMART SHOP® II SUV

Max Material Dimension: 48" x 96" x 5"
Capabilities: Profiling, Engraving and 3D Sculpting
Cost: $15 per hour ($15min)
 
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$15 /HR

TECHNO LC+ 4896

Max Material Dimension: 48" x 96" x 5"
Capabilities: Profiling, Engraving and 3D Sculpting
Cost: $15 per hour ($15min)
 

 

GUIDES AND TEMPLATE FILES

The following links will allow you to download our machine use guide and template file to help you successfully prepare your files. 

 

POLICY REMINDERS

All students intending to use the CNC router must follow the above process.

TEMPLATE FILE AND FORM MUST BE COMPLETE BEFORE CONSULTATION

Staff are not able to perform any of the setup steps for students.

Material brought to the appointment must be exactly what is indicated in the Template File.

Any tool not within our provided library must be purchased by the student.

Student using the machine must stay in the CNC control room while the machine is running.

STUDENT MUST REMAIN WITH MACHINE WHILE RUNNING.

After a work session is complete the student must clean the CNC room to perfection, even including any mess that is not from their job.

STUDENT MUST CLEAN THE ENTIRE CNC ROOM BEFORE LEAVING THE FACILITY.

Machine setup performed by staff begins at the start of your appointment and takes from 15 to 45 minutes depending on operation.