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 curved objects like water bottles with roller add-in
  • Save print jobs to the "epique" network folder (shortcut on desktop in upper right)
  • Uses PDF files, cuts lines set to 0.001 inches, rasters everything else
  • Please remember to donate 1$ per 5 minutes
  • Remember to consult our safety guidelines
  • Always turn on the fan switch and the compressed air!
  • Read some tutorials on the this machine here!
Epilog Helix 350 Laser Engraver

Up! 3D Printers (3)

  • One color at a time
  • Input .stl files (we can convert others), outputs in ABS or PLA plastic
  • Build size of 14 (x) by 14 (y) by 13.5 (z) cm
  • Z-depth quality of up to 0.15 mm
  • Automatically constructs removable support structure
  • More details at Personal Portable 3D Printer

Coming soon - we're building a Vision 3D printer and just won a TAZ 3D printer!

Roland GX-24 Vinyl Cutter

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

Roland GX-24 and CX-12 Vinyl Cutters

  • 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 (4+)

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

Mechanical Paper Cutters

  • Large - 30 x 30 inch work area
  • Small - 12 x 12 inch work area
  • Ruler across the top, grid for precision cutting
  • Scissors nearby
Mechanical Paper Cutters

Computer Workstations

  • 8 Dell Optiplex 755 desktops - Quad Core processors with 4 gb of RAM, Radeon HD2400
  • 4 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
  • Bamboo CTH-460, Huion 680S, Turcom 6610 and Inkling upon request
Bamboo Drawing Tablet

Software

 


Software

International Conferencing Web Cam

Software

Printers

  • 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

Photostation

  • Bring your own camera!
  • 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

XBox Kinect

XBox Kinect

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

Fiber Arts

  • Multiple sewing machines for general use
  • Includes Singer 1500 and VX-857
  • Other models available for workshops and upon special request
  • Specialized fabrics and thread
  • Circular (tubular) knitting machine (does flat knits as well)
  • Flat knitting machine upon request
  • Scrap yarn and conductive thread
Sewing Machine

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

Soldering Stations

  • Three 6966C Weller Heat Guns and work areas available
  • Capable of 750-800 degrees farenheit
  • High power lamps adjacent
Soldering Stations

Raspberry Pi, Arduinos, Beagle Board and Laptop Docking Stations

  • 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

  • A variety of instruments and measurement devices
Raspberry Pi docking