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.

  • 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, 600 DPI raster resolution, cuts through 1/8″ (3mm) material
  • 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 red (255) 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
  • This tool is available for workshops
  • Universal x-600 laser engraver18×32 inch work area
  • C02 40 watt laser, 1000 DPI raster resolution, cuts through 1/4″ (6mm) material
  • 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
  • This tool is available for workshops

Flashforge FinderSeveral available in the main lab and through community partners

  • Only PLA filament
  • Build size of 14 (x) by 14 (y) by 14 (z) cm (~5.5 inch cube)
  • Z-depth quality of around 0.2 mm
  • Automatically constructs removable support structure
  • More details at Flashforge website
  • Available at both community locations and main Fab Lab as well as for workshops
  • Still in testing for public use
  • Anycubic Photon Resin PrinterAsk staff for details
  • Work with STL files in Simplified 3D to generate gcode
  • PLA and PCTG available for all patrons
  • ABS, Polycarbonate, Flexible TPU, Nylon and dual extrusion available with special arrangement (consulting)
  • Build size of 12x11x10 inches (300x275x250 mm)
  • Z-depth quality from 0.25mm (detail) to 0.6mm (high speed)
  • Only available at the main lab, not available for workshops
  • Creates 3D scans of people and objects for 3D printing
  • Cubic meter scan envelope, corded one meter range
  • We use Skanect and ReconstructMe
  • Files can later be repaired in NetFabb or Meshmixer
  • We also offer AGIsoft for photo-based modeling methods
  • There is an API for advanced applications
  • Field of View: 57.5˚ horizontal by 43.5˚ vertical
  • Resolvable Depth: 0.8 m -> 4.0 m
  • Color Stream: 640 x 480 x 24 bpp 4:3 RGB @ 30fps640 x 480 x 16 bpp 4:3 YUV @ 15fps
  • Depth Stream: 320 x 240 16 bpp, 13-bit depth
  • Audio Capture: 4-mic array returning 48 Hz audio
  • USB 2.0; latency ~90 ms with processing
  • Vertical tilt motor
  • This tool is available for workshops
  • Creates 3D scans of people and objects for 3D printing
  • Wireless operation; requires batteries
  • Maximum Scan Volume: 9.8 x 9.8 x 9.8′
  • Minimum Scan Volume: 8 x 8 x 8″
  • Will work optimally at a distance of 1.7 to 4.2′ from the target object, although the full operating range is 16″ to 11.5′
  • Closer objects will be scanned with more detail than objects further away, and if you get too close to your object, your screen will turn white, alerting you that the iSense is unable to capture any image information
  • Uses free app on iPad to email scan to users
  • This tool is available for workshops
  • Kinect 2 3D scannerPrimarily uses the Microsoft SDK
  • Make simple scans with Fusion WPF
  • Field of View: 70˚ horizontal by 60˚ vertical
  • Resolvable Depth: 0.8 m -> 4.0 m
  • Color Stream: 1920 x 1080 x 16 bpp 16:9 YUY2 @ 30 fps
  • Depth Stream: 512 x 424 x 16 bpp, 13-bit depth
  • Infrared Stream: 512 x 424, 11-bit dynamic range
  • Registration: Colour <-> depth and active IR
  • Audio Capture: 4-mic array returning 48K Hz audio
  • Data Path: USB 3.0
  • Latency: ~60 ms with processing
  • Up to 12×24 inch (Cameo) or 12×8 inch (Portrait) work area
  • Good for vinyl (stickers!), heat transfer material, many kinds of paper, rhinestone template material, some fabrics and more
  • Uses Silhouette Studio software; we have the professional version that can import SVG’s
  • 2 Cameos available during open lab, classroom set (17) of Portraits
  • This tool is available at the main lab, community sites and for workshops
  • Roland Modela MDX-20 Circuit Board Milling MachineCreate 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, not available for workshops
  • 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 via consulting arrangement
  • Specs here
  • Only available at the main lab via consulting arrangement
  • 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, transfer via USB
  • This tool is available at the main lab, community sites and for workshops
  • Serger, tube-knitter and additional sewing machines
  • Manekins 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
  • Specialty open lab and classroom set (17) of soldering irons
  • Several de-soldering heat guns also available
  • Lamps, clips and magnification adjacent
  • Wire, solder and flux available for a small area fee
  • Many available devices:
    • Raspberry PI – Small computer w/ GPIO
    • Arduino Uno R3 and Mega – Microcontroller with expandable sheilds and break out pins
    • Makey Makey – Capacitive touch Microcontroller; can be used as keyboard
    • Adafruit Trinket – small microcontroller; limited gpio; can utilize arduino ide
    • Adafruit Pro Trinket – small microcontroller; less limited gpio; can utilize arduino ide
    • Arduino Nano – bread board friendly arduino uno
    • Adafruit GEMMA – small microcontroller ; limited gpio used for sewable electronics
    • Adafruit FLORA – microcontroller ; limited gpio used for sewable electronics
    • Lilipad Arduino – microcontroller ; less limited gpio used for sewable electronics
    • NCF kit
    • Circuit Playground Express
    • Micro:bit
  • Many sensors and shields available for in-lab loan
  • Materials for breadboard based prototyping
  • Wifi and power connectors for most devices
  • Littlebits set also available
  • Experimental electronics available at hte main Fab Lab
  • Arduino and Micro:bit kits available at community sites and for workshops
  • Variable Power SupplyOnly available at the main Fab Lab
  • Wacom Digital Drawing TabletUse in combination with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Gimp, PaintTools SAI, Krita or Inkscape
  • Classroom set (17) of Wacom Intuos (CTH490AK) drawing tablets
  • Several available in the main lab and at community sites
  • This tool is available for workshops
  • HP T120 Poster PrinterHP DesignJet T120
  • Up to A1 (2×3 ft) size prints
  • Bond, lustre and gloss paper available
  • Available at the main lab
  • Portable LightboxD5100 + 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
  • Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom available on lab computers
  • 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
  • Biomaterial-based 3D printers
  • Foldscope paper microscopes and uHandy phone camera microscope
  • Grow-It-Yourself Mycelium molding kits
  • Open PCR machine
  • DIY dremel centrifudge
  • Bacteria ink