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 machine, sign up for it right away when you get in
  • 12×24 inch work area
  • C02 50 watt laser; 10.6 micro wave length
  • 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

3D Printing and Scanning

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UP 3D printers

Up! Mini (3)

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  • 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 (2)

  • 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

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)

Silhouette Cameo

Silhouette Cameo and Portrait

  • Up to 12×24 inch 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

Milling Machines

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Modela CNC

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

Shapeoko 2


  • Open-hardware desktop CNC machines
  • Laser-cut steel and aluminum plate construction
  • 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
  • The Shapeoko 1 is 8″ or 203mm per side
  • 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


The Neuromaker (CNC Router)

  • 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]

Textiles and Fabrics

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Brother CS-6000i

Brother cs6000i Sewing Machines

  • LCD display with stitch selector
  • Built-in stitches
  • Bobbin winding system
  • Variable speed control
  • Wide table for larger projects

Brother SE400

Brother PE170D and SE400 Digital Embroidery Machines

  • Make your own designs in any graphics program and ready them for stitching with SewArt
  • 4″ x 4″ work area with several hoop options
  • LCD touch display
  • Built-in stitches
  • Bobbin winding system
  • Wide table for larger projects
  • Uses PES files and memory cards

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, iron and ironing board and stabilizer available for a small area fee

Electronics Resources

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Soldering Stations

  • Classroom set (9) of soldering irons and hot air stations
  • Lamps, clips and magnification adjacent
  • Solder and flux available for a small area fee

small board electronics

Small-Board Electronics and Docking Station

  • Several microprocessors and mircocontrollers you can borrow for a small area fee, including Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel Galileo and Beaglebone Black
  • Docking station with VGA, DVI, HDMI monitor conversion and wireless USB Mouse and Keyboard
  • Wifi and power connectors for most devices

Electronics Diganostic Equipment

Other Electronics Diagnostics Tools and Materials

  • A variety of 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
  • Huion 680S for general use, Turcom 6610 classroom set (16) and Wacom Inkling upon request


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

Poster Printer

Small Poster Printer

  • Variable format color inkjet printing
  • Canon ProMark 9000 Mk II and laser printing
  • A3+ (13×19 inch no margins 44 lb) poster prints available
  • Color paper and B&W printing (8.5×11 inch with margins) also available

Lightbox 2014

Portable 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

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

Band Saw

16″ Band Saw

  • Special permission only, this device is dangerous!

Woodshop Tools

Hand Tools

  • Saws of various sorts
  • Screw drivers, wrenches, ratchets
  • Portable and corded drills, masonry and spade bits
  • Power sander


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Stereo Lithography 3D Printer

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