Fabrication Lab

Hunt A5 / A5B

The IDeATe Fabrication Lab is a classroom and student workspace dedicated to rapid prototyping and fabrication instruction and projects.  Here, students will have access to laser cutters and 3D printers.

Our equipment page lists the specific equipment located in the Fabrication Lab, along with how-to guides.

To learn about which courses are offered in the Fabrication Lab, please visit our courses page.

Access and Policies

Students gain access to the Fabrication Lab by enrolling in an IDeATe course that utilizes that space. Here, they will receive required training on the laser cutter and 3D printer equipment and fire safety training.

Rabbit Laser Policy

1. ACCESSIBILITY: Students are approved to use equipment, after attending an IDeATe course and/or training.

2. SAFETY: Safety is of the utmost importance.  Users must remain AWAKE and ATTENTIVE during equipment use.  Make sure you are aware of the nearest fire extinguisher location.  Improper equipment use can result in equipment and/or facility access suspension.

3. PROCEDURE: The laser equipment involves several procedural steps that should be completed before, and after all operations.  You can be held responsible for any equipment damages.

4. MAINTENANCE: You are required to clean up any leftover tape, dust, debris and scrap left out. Plan on 5-10 minutes to complete all clean-up tasks at the end of each job.

5. FASTENING: Material that does not sit PLANAR/LEVEL within the Laser Equipment, due to non-planar surfaces, warping or bowing; will be removed from the Work-Area and disallowed from laser output. Common problematic materials typically include Plywood: CDX Grade, Low Grade Birch, OSB, Carboard, Chipboard etc. Materials that have minimal warping, that can be corrected with Masking Tape- are allowable. All other fastening methods are considered unacceptable: Duct-Tape, Double-Sided Tape etc.

6. MATERIALS: Certain Materials cannot be processed on the laser equipment. These materials include; but are not limited to: Glass Mirrors (see Staff for mirrored Acrylics), Metals, Lexan Plastics, Foam Core, P.E.T.G., Styrene, PVC or PVC Based materials (Any materials containing Chlorine). Fabric Materials MUST be cut to size before Laser Cutting. (Max = 47″x35″) Materials greater than or equal to 3/8″ (9.5mm) in thickness are unacceptable. If you have a question about any material that you would like to cut, please ASK!

7. PRIORITY: Equipment is primarily for research and learning purposes. Course related file preparation & equipment will have priority. Any projects outside of classroom assignments are allowable, but please ask permission and be sure it’s not conflicting with course-related use.  Examples of non-course related projects are: Crafts, Gifts, ‘Buggy’ Builds, Design Related Competitions, Carnival Projects etc.

Cube 3D Printer Policies

1. ACCESSIBILITY: Students are approved to use equipment after attending an IDeATe course that provides the training. Approved users must abide by reservation, facility & equipment policy and procedure to ensure a safe, and successful working environment. Alternately, ANY User may submit a 3D Print for Processing on the CUBE3 Printers via 3D Printer DropBox.

2. HAZARDS: This 3D Printing Process involves heated print heads. To prevent damage and potential burns, please refrain from touching these print heads with your bare hands. 

3. PROCEDURE: The 3D printing equipment involves several procedural steps that should be completed before, and after all operations. Any equipment damages that occur due to improper use can result in access suspension.

4. MAINTENANCE: You are required to clean up any leftover tape, dust, debris and scrap affiliated with your 3D Printing workflow. Plan on 5-10 minutes to complete all clean-up tasks at the end of each job.

5. FASTENING: CUBE Glue is provided for your 3D Printing Process. All other fastening methods are prohibited.

6. MATERIALS: Users are limited to 3D Systems, Inc., CUBE Brand Cartridges ONLY! 

7. PRIORITY: Equipment is primarily for research and learning purposes. Course related file preparation & equipment will have priority. Any projects outside of classroom assignments are allowable, but please ask permission and be sure it’s not conflicting with course-related use.  Examples of non-course related projects are: Crafts, Gifts, ‘Buggy’ Builds, Design Related Competitions, Carnival Projects etc.