The polytechnic Design Studio has a number of 3D printers, Including Prusa Mk 3 and The Printrbot Simple. 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is the construction of a three-dimensional object from a CAD model or a digital 3D model. The term "3D printing" can refer to a variety of processes in which material is deposited, joined or solidified under computer control to create a three-dimensional object, with material being added together (such as liquid molecules or powder grains being fused together), typically layer by layer.
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machine
Numerical control (also computer numerical control, and commonly called CNC) is the automated control of machining tools (such as drills, lathes, mills) and 3D printers by means of a computer. A CNC machine processes a piece of material (metal, plastic, wood, ceramic, or composite) to meet specifications by following a coded programmed instruction and without a manual operator directly controlling the machining operation. A CNC machine is a motorized maneuverable tool and often a motorized maneuverable platform, which are both controlled by a computer, according to specific input instructions. Instructions are delivered to a CNC machine in the form of a sequential program of machine control instructions such as G-code and M-code, then executed. The program can be written by a person or, far more often, generated by graphical computer-aided design (CAD) software and/or computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software. In the case of 3D printers, the part to be printed is "sliced", before the instructions (or the program) is generated. 3D printers also use G-Code.
Micro-controllers, Electronic Kits and Sensors
The Polytechnic Design Studio has a wide range of electronics and sensors to aid in design and prototyping of innovative solutions. Micro-controllers available include: Raspberry-Pies, Arduinos, ESP 8266s. We offer technical support for individuals and a wide range of tutorials and resources for the hobbyist to help you get the most out of the maker space and its abundant electronics and sensors.
A laser cutter is a prototyping and manufacturing tool used primarily by engineers, designers, and artists to cut and etch into flat material. Laser cutters use a thin, focused laser beam to pierce and cut through materials to cut out patterns and geometries specified by designers. Apart from cutting, laser cutters can also raster or etch designs onto work pieces by heating up the surface of the workpiece, thus burning off the top layer of the material to change its appearance where the raster operation was performed.
A power tool is a tool that is actuated by an additional power source and mechanism other than the solely manual labor used with hand tools. The most common types of power tools use electric motors. The Polytechnic Design Studio boasts an array of power tools available for use in designing, prototyping and manufacturing.
Test and Calibration Equipment
Being an environment where products are made, the Polytechnic Design Studio is equially equiped with testing as well as calibration equipment. Calibration is a documented comparison of the measurement device to be calibrated against a traceable reference standard/device. The reference standard may be also referred to as a “calibrator.” Logically, the reference standard should be more accurate than the device to be calibrated. calibration and accurate testing is required in the design process in oder to have standard products