Tools

Most of our tools are based on the MIT Fab Lab Inventory specifications - http://fab.cba.mit.edu/about/fab/inv.html.

Epilog Helix 350 Laser Engraver

  • Our most popular machine, sign up for it right away when you get in
  • 12×24 inch work area
  • 50 C02 watt laser; 10.6 micro wave length
  • Print settings for cardboard, wood, acrylic, glass and more
  • Can do cylinder objects like water bottles with rotary add-in
  • Save print jobs to the "epique" network folder (shortcut on desktop in upper right corner)
  • Uses PDF files, cuts lines set to 0.001 inches, rasters everything else
  • Remember to consult our safety guidelines and always turn on the fan switch and the compressed air!
Epilog Helix 350 Laser Engraver

Up! Mini 3D Printers (2)

  • One color at a time, prints slowly
  • Input .stl files (we can convert others)
  • Build size of 12 (x) by 12 (y) by 12 (z) cm (~4 inch cube)
  • Z-depth quality of up to 0.2 mm
  • Automatically constructs removable support structure
  • More details at Personal Portable 3D Printer
Roland GX-24 Vinyl Cutter

Lulzbot TAZ3 and TAZ4 3D Printers

  • Work with STL files in Cura, Slicer and Printrun to generate gcode
  • Can use ABS, PLA, PVA, Nylon, Glase and more
  • Considerable control over speed, temperature and more

DETAILS on 3D Printing Policy and Charges

Roland GX-24 Vinyl Cutter

XBox Kinect

XBox Kinect

Stereo Lithography 3D Printer

  • Cures (hardens) resin in layers to construct very small 3D models
  • Uses an off-the-shelf projector and powerpoint slides to project each layer onto the resin.
  • Resin is expensive and available under special arrangement
Stereo Lithography 3D Printer

Electronic Cutters - Roland GX-24

  • Accepts material from two to 27.5 inches wide
  • Mechanical Resolution of 0.0005”
  • Cutting speeds up to 20 inches per second
  • Max down force of 250 grams
  • Good for vinyl (reflective, twill, heat transfer, sandblast), and paint masking
  • Uses Roland CutStudio software; import bitmaps (PNG, JPG, GIF) and some Illustrator files (AI)
Roland GX-24 Vinyl Cutter

Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutters

Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting Tool

Roland Modela MDX-20 3D Milling Machine

  • Create molds, circuit boards, engravings and more; usable as an end mill or drill
  • Works with wood, plaster, resin (modeling wax, styrenform) and chemical wood
  • Operation area is 8 (X) by 6 (Y) by 2-3/8 (Z) in, max load weight is 2.2 lb
  • 1/8 inch tool chuck, 10W DC motor
  • Software resolution - 0.000984 in./step; Hardware resolution - 0.000246 in./step
  • Uses DXF, VRML, STL, 3DMF, IGES, Grayscale, Point Group and BMP file types
  • Remember to consult our safety guidelines
Roland Modela MDX-20 3D Milling Machine

Shapeoko

  • An open-hardware desktop CNC machine
  • Built out of laser cut steel and aluminum plates
  • Driven by 3 motors and an Arduino-works on any platform!
  • Cuts plastic, wood, and metal
  • More info at Shapeoko's website
Shapeoko

The Neuromaker

  • 3D Router with EEG and neural interface
  • 12”x36” operating area
  • It can read your mind to make doodles!
  • Resulted in an academic article publication: McGrath, R. E., Rischau, J., & Craig, A. B. (2012). Transforming Creativity: Personalized Manufacturing Meets Embodied Computing. Knowledge Management and E-Learning, 4(2), 157-173. [get the article here]
The Neuromaker

Computer Workstations

  • Dell Optiplex 755 desktops - Quad Core processors with 4 gb of RAM, AMD R7 240, SSD's
  • Apple iMac 2008 desktops - Dual Core processors with 4 gb of RAM, nVidia 9400M
  • Windows 7 x64, Ubuntu available for special projects
  • Dual 19" displays, iMacs are 20"
  • Network RAID1 storage for long-term projects
  • High-power desktops for special projects
  • See software specifics

Epson Perfection V30 Flatbed Scanner

  • Up 4800 DPI with filtering and image clean-up
  • Can scan curved objects with advanced CCD sensor
  • Professional scan software with OCR capabilities
  • Complete data sheet

Digital Drawing Tablets

  • Use in combination with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Gimp, PaintTools SAI, Krita or Inkscape
  • Includes stylus
  • Huion 680S for general use, Turcom 6610 classroom set and Wacom Inkling upon request
Bamboo Drawing Tablet

International Conferencing Web Cam

Software

Small Poster Printer

  • Variable format color inkjet printing
  • Canon ProMark 9000 Mk II and small HP home printer
  • A3+ (13x17 inch no margins 44 lb) poster prints available for 5$
  • Color paper and printing (8.5x11 inch with margins) available for 0.50$ per page
Software

Lightbox

  • DSLR camera available for patrons to take photos
  • Semi-enclosed light-diffusion environment for nearly pure-white backgrounds with minimal shadow
  • Switchable backgrounds include white, black, green and light blue
  • Large tripod available
  • Photo editing available on lab computers and adjacent special projects machine
  • Transfer pictures via USB or any memory card

 

Photostation

Textile Machines

  • Multiple sewing machines for general use
  • Special models available for workshops and upon special request (surger, tube-knitter, digital embroidery)
  • Specialized fabrics and thread
  • Circular (tubular) knitting machine (does flat knits as well)
  • Scrap yarn and conductive thread
Sewing Machine

Soldering Stations

  • Classroom set of soldering irons and hot air stations
  • High power lamps, clips and magnification adjacent
  • Solder and flux available
Soldering Stations

Raspberry Pi, Arduinos, Beagle Board, Intel Galileo and Docking Station

  • Several microprocessors and mircocontrollers you can borrow
  • For special projects in the electronics room
  • VGA, DVI, HDMI monitor conversion
  • USB Mouse and Keyboard
  • Wifi and power connectors
Raspberry Pi docking

Electronics Diagnostics Tools and Materials

  • A variety of instruments and measurement devices
  • Many kinds of LED's, wires, breadboards and other miscellaneous parts
Raspberry Pi docking

Drill Press

  •  Up to 1/4 inch drill capacity
  • Always wear safety glasses
  • DPC 70095 Bendix by Eclipse-Pioneer
  • W.E. Shipley Machinery Co.
Drill Press

16" Ryobi Scroll Saw

  • SC-160 by Ryobi America Corp.
  • Throat - 16 inches; Blade Length - 5 inches
  • Stroke Per Minute - 1,725
  • Maximun Thickness of Cut - 2 inches
  • Table Size - 15 x 10 1/4 inches
  • Table Tilt - 0-45 Degrees
  • Remember to consult our safety guidelines
16" Ryobi Scroll Saw

Woodshop Tools

  • Saws of various sorts
  • Screw drivers, wrenches, ratchets
Saws