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FORTUS 400mcThe FORTUS 400mc is the second largest of the Maker Lab’s 3D printers. It holds up to two 92 cubic inch canisters of both support and part material. The 400mc is capable of using a multitude of different plastics and is instrumental in producing parts for senior design projects and many ongoing research projects. The 250mc is smaller, only uses a single type of material, and operates at temperatures lower than those of the 400mc. The 250mc holds approximately a quarter of the total material that the 400 holds. However, what the 250mc lacks in versatility, it makes up for in speed. The additive manufacturing process used by the FORTUS machines can produce parts that would otherwise be impossible to create through conventional processes.

HAAS TL1 LatheThe HAAS TL1 Lathe is a CNC lathe with a 12-horsepower drive and is capable of spindle speeds up to 2000 rpm. The lathe can be operated either manually or from a CNC controller. The lathe can feed at rates up to 450 inches per minute in both the x- and z-axes.

HAAS VF4 CNC MillThe Maker Lab’s CNC mill is a HAAS VF4 with a 30-horsepower drive. The spindle can reach speeds of up to 8100 rpm. The machine is currently set up to mill in three axes only; however, the machine can be fitted to operate in up to five axes. The mill is operable by a CNC controller only.

HAAS OM2 CNC MillThe Maker Lab has a HAAS OM2 CNC machine used for high-speed machining. The 5-horsepower drive can produce spindle speed of up to 30,000 rpm and feed rates of up to 757 inches per minute in the x-, y-, and z-axes. The OM2 can be fitted to operate in five axes. The small machining volume and rapid speeds make this machine ideal for small, precise prototype parts.

OMAX 2626 JetMachining Center The OMAX 2626 JetMachining Center is an abrasive water-jet cutter capable of producing water pressures up to 50,000 psi. The water-jet cutter is useful for cutting sheet materials that are up to a thicknesses of more than an inch. Materials that can be cut include plexiglass, acrylic, aluminum, and some kinds of steel. Using the proprietary OMAX software, long and complex series of cuts can be made with exceptional precision.

Bridgeport Knee Mill with Centroid ControllerThe Bridgeport mill is equipped with a quick change tooling adapter and is capable of both manual milling operations and SNS control using the integrated Centroid controller system. CNC milling operations can be programmed using the Centroid software using a series of canned cycles.

The Maker Lab has one Lulzbot Taz 6 and two Lulzbot Minis available for use. Both printer models can process a variety of different plastic filaments and are open source systems. The Taz 6 has a work volume of 82cmx63cmx52cm and each of the Minis have a work volume of 15.2cmx15.2cmx15.8cm. For general use, multiple printers are available at UT’s Innovation and Collaboration Studio (ICS) in Perkins Hall.

The Kudo Titan 1 is a Stereolithographic (SLA) 3D printer that utilizes Digital Laser Projection (DLP) to cure UV sensitive resin. The printer is capable of resolution ranging from 37-100 microns and has a maximum build size of 17cm x 9cm x 24cm.  For general use, multiple printers are available at UT’s Innovation and Collaboration Studio (ICS) in Perkins Hall.

The DTM Sinterstation 2500 Plus is a Solid Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D printer that uses a laser to melt layers of nylon powder. The printer has a build volume of 38.1cm x 33cm x 45.7cm and a scan speed of 5m/s.

The Artec Spider is a high resolution, hand held, blue light 3D scanner. It has a 3D resolution of 0.1mm and an 18GB internal memory. Scanned files can be outputted in multiple formats optimized for 3D modeling or geometric analysis.


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