Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
Tool Area Spring 2014 – sm


Many of our tools are chosen based on the MIT Fab Lab Inventory categories , but we have altered and expanded upon them. Specifically we offer both open source and proprietary solutions and make use of many lower-cost digital fabrication machines. Our current arrangement (as of January 2015) is outlined below. Button color indicates degree of difficulty for beginners – easy, moderate and expert.

Laser Engraver 3D Printing and Scanning Electronic Cutters Milling Machines Textiles and Fabrics Electronics Resources Graphic Design and Art Limited Woodshop Tools Experimental

Laser Engraver

Epilog Laser Engraver

Epilog Mini (Legacy)

  • Our most popular type of tool, sign up for it right away when you get in
  • 12×24 inch work area
  • C02 50 watt laser; 10.6 micro wave length; 600 DPI raster resolution
  • 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
  • Please consult our safety guidelines and ask a staff person before you use this device
  • Only available at the main lab

Universal x-600 laser engraver

Universal Laser Systems X-600

  • 18×32 inch work area
  • C02 40 watt laser; 1000 DPI raster resolution
  • Save print jobs to the “epique” network folder (shortcut on desktop in upper right corner)
  • Uses PDF files, cuts lines set to a particular color, rasters another color
  • Please consult our safety guidelines and ask a staff person before you use this device
  • Only available at the main lab

3D Printing and Scanning

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UP 3D printers

Up! Mini

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  • Several available in the main lab and through community partners
  • 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

TAZ 3D printers

Lulzbot TAZ

  • Work with STL files in Cura, Slicer and Printrun to generate gcode
  • Can use ABS, PLA, PVA, Nylon, T-Glase and more
  • Considerable control over speed, temperature and more
  • Build size of 12x11x10 inches (300x275x250 mm)
  • Z-depth quality of down to 0.1 mm, nozzles in the 0.35 to 0.30 range
  • Several available in the main lab

xBox Kinect

XBox Kinect and Microsoft Kinect 2

Electronic Cutters

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Roland Vinyl

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)
  • Only available at the main lab

Silhouette Cameo

Silhouette Cameo and Portrait

  • Up to 12×24 inch (Cameo) or 12×8 inch (Portrait) work area
  • Good for vinyl (stickers!), heat transfer material, cardstock, photo paper, copy paper, rhinestone template material and some fabrics
  • Uses Silhouette Studio software; import bitmaps (PNG, JPG, GIF) or vector (SVG)
  • See for more information
  • Several available in the main lab and through community partners

Milling Machines

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Roland Modela MDX-20

  • 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
  • Only available at the main lab

Shapeoko 2

  • Open-hardware desktop CNC machines
  • Three Nema 23 drive motors, use clamps or double-sided tape
  • Cuts plastic, wood, and metal
  • The Shapeoko 2 has a 12″ × 12″ × 2.5″ (298mm x 301mm x 54mm) work area
  • In full step mode, the resolution of the Z axis is 8128 steps per inch (320 steps per mm)
  • The threaded rod (99055A125) has a pitch of 1.25mm
  • More info on the wiki
  • Only available at the main lab

Textiles and Fabrics

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Brother SE400

Brother SE400 Digital Embroidery Machines

  • Make your own designs in any graphics program and ready them for stitching with SewArt
  • Can be used for regular sewing or embroidery
  • 4″ x 4″ work area with several hoop options
  • LCD touch display
  • Built-in stitches and traversable stitch history
  • Bobbin winding system, standard sewing machine pedal
  • Uses PES files

Textiles area

Other Miscellaneous Textile Machines and Materials

  • Serger, tube-knitter and additional sewing machines
  • Manekin and mirror for fitting and display
  • Thread, shears, bobbins, snips, seam rippers, button riveters, irons and ironing boards and stabilizer available for a small area fee

Electronics Resources

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Soldering Stations

  • Classroom set of soldering irons
  • Several de-soldering heat guns also available
  • Lamps, clips and magnification adjacent
  • Solder and flux available for a small area fee

Small-Board Electronics

  • Several microprocessors and mircocontrollers you can borrow for a small area fee, including Arduino (Mega), Raspberry Pi, Intel Galileo and Beaglebone
  • Many sensors and shields available for in-lab loan
  • Materials for bread-board based prototyping
  • Wifi and power connectors for most devices
  • Littlebits set also available
  • Several electronics kits available in the main lab and through community partners

Other Electronics Diagnostics Tools and Materials

  • A variety of diagnostics instruments and measurement devices, including many portable multimeters, available for a small area fee
  • Many kinds of LED’s, wires, breadboards and other miscellaneous parts are also available for a small area fee

Graphic Design and Art

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Graphic Drawing Tablets

  • Use in combination with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Gimp, PaintTools SAI, Krita or Inkscape
  • Turcom 6610 classroom set (17) and Wacom Inkling upon request
  • Several available in the main lab and through community partners


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

Large Format Poster Printer

  • HP DesignJet T120
  • Up to A1 (2×3 ft) size prints
  • Cheap proof paper and semi-gloss photo sheets available

Portable Lightbox

Portable Lightbox and DLSR Camera

  • D5100 + 18-105mm lens 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
  • Photoshop available on lab computers and adjacent special projects machine

Limited Woodshop Tools

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Drill Press

Drill Press

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

Scroll Saw

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″ Band Saw

  • Special permission only, this device is dangerous!
  • Must be used by staff

Miscellaneous Hand and Power Tools

  • Screw drivers, wrenches, ratchets, hand saws
  • Portable and corded drills, masonry and spade bits
  • Palm router, router table, jigsaws, circular saw, biscuit jointer, sanders


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The Neuromaker (CNC Router)

  • CNC Router (formerly with EEG and neural interface)
  • 12”x36” operating area
  • Uses Linux-based open CNC software, requires specialized G-code and toolpaths
  • Only available at the main lab
  • 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]

Biohacking Space

We’ve just started a biohacking space. It includes the following equipment so far (03.2017):

  • Foldscope paper microscopes and uHandy phone camera microscope
  • Grow-It-Yourself Mycelium molding kits
  • Open PCR machine
  • DIY dremel centrifudge
  • Bacteria ink

Other Equipment

  • Google Glass
  • Myo Armband
  • 3D Doodler