Equipment

Access to the Ground Floor is a privilege and not a right. These lab policies are available in writing at the front desk and will be posted on Blackboard and the 1819 Innovation Hub website. All users are responsible for learning and following the lab policies. Knowingly or unknowingly violating these policies may incur consequences. The exact consequences vary depending on the nature of the situation, and will be decided by full-time lab staff members. Possible consequences for violating lab policies include being asked to leave for the day, being banned from the lab, having campus security and police notified, as well as potential legal action. The severity of the consequence will be matched with the severity of the policy infraction.

Access for UC faculty, staff, students, alumni, and affiliates is controlled through your UC 6+2. Industry and community partners must first activate their 6+2 before engaging in any activities at the Ground Floor.

Each level of access is paired with appropriate instruction using hands-on training and online tutorials. Levels 1+2 provide access to the Prototyping and Assembly Lab. Levels 3+4 provide access to a range of equipment in the Fabrication Lab. Certain equipment, such as CNC machining centers and the waterjet cutter are operated only by trained staff. The levels of access are not necessarily linear; users are encouraged to seek the training that is most relevant to them. For example, one can acquire access to Level 1 and Level 3 tools, without completing training on Level 2 tools. Your completed trainings will be recorded in electronically and will remain active for up to five (5) years. Beyond that time you will have to recertify your training.


FABRICATION


The fabrication lab offers members access to fully stocked wood and metal shops, as well as manual and CNC machining in wood, plastics, and metals. Hand and power tools are available for use in the Ground Floor only.

Fabrication Equipment List


CNC: mills, router and lathe

CNC machine static

 

Use to accurately perform various types of CNC operations on metal.

Materials: soft plastics, hard plastics, soft metals, hard metals


Waterjet

Waterjet Machine static


Use to 2D cut a large variety of materials.

Materials: Cutting, 2 Axix contour, soft plastics, hard plastics, soft metals, hard metals


TIG/MIG Welders

close up of person welding

 

Use to join various metal

Materials: soft metals, hard metals


Plasma cutter

close up of plasma cutter cutting metal

 

Use to join various metal

Materials: soft metals, hard metals


Drill press

drill press static

 

Use for drilling holes in various types of woods

Materials: soft plastics, hard plastics, soft metals, hard metals


Metal shear and brake

hand holding metal in front of metal shear and brake

 

Use for cutting and folding sheet metal


Cold Saw

cold saw static

 

Use to cut down metal into stock. Capable of beveling and swiveling.

Materials: soft metals, hard metals


Wood lathe

Wood lathe static with carving tools

 

Use to turn various types of woods into cylindrical shapes

Materials: soft wood, hard wood


Jointer & Planer

jointer and Planer static

 

Use for facing or edging various types of woods

Materials: soft wood, hard wood


Saws: miter, band and table

band saw static

 

Use for rip cuts with wood or cut out shapes

Materials: soft plastics, hard plastics, soft wood, hard wood


PROTOTYPING

The prototyping lab offers access to laser cutting; low-cost, basic FDM 3d printing; SLA 3d printing; solvent-based archival quality graphics printing; vinyl cutting, sewing with garment weight and industrial straight stitch machines, and basic electronics workstations.

Prototyping Equipment List


Laser cutters

laser cutter machine static

 

Use to cut or engrave a variety of material


3D Printers

ultimaker 3d printer static



Use to rapidly prototype parts and models in PLA.

 


3D Scanners

hand held 3d scanner static

 

Use to scan real world objects into 3D mesh models


Vinyl Cutter

graphtec vinyl cutter machine static

 

Use cutting vinyl for decals, lettering, stickers


Large Format Printer

large format printer static

 

Use for large format outputs of various materials


Sewing Machines

juki heavy duty sewing machine static

 

Use for joining leather, heavy fabrics. Heavy duty.


Electronics Bench

bench full of electronic testing devises

 

Use for test and working on all things eletronic


Spray Booth

section of paint booth with paper and overspray

 

Use for applying paint, and any airbourne materials


Computer Stations

desk with a few computers sitting on top

 

Use for designing, concepting and controlling machines