Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning

KUKA KR60-3 6-Axis Router

Universal Laser Cutter (Alpha)

Trotec 500 Laser Cutters (Gamma and Delta)

ZCorp Spectrum 510 Powder Rapid Prototyper (full spectrum colour)

ZCorp Spectrum 310 Powder Rapid Prototyper (white)

ProJet HD3000 Plastics Rapid Prototyper

Multicam CNC Router

3D Printers/Extruders

Roland Modela CNC Milling Machine

Vacuum Former

Foam Cutter / Hot Wire Cutter

Sand Blaster

KUKA KR60-3 6-Axis Router

Info coming soon!

Universal Laser Cutter (Alpha)

Brand: Universal 120W
Maximum Bed Size: 810x450mm.
Cost: $15.00 per 30 minutes

*Note: these prices are subsidizes for Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning students and staff only.

The Laboratory offers the use of one Universal laser cutter, enabling the cutting or engraving of sheet materials according to designs produced in Rhino, or produced in AutoCAD and imported into Rhino. This machine is ideal for smaller cutting tasks and thin materials, while larger tasks are suited for the Laboratory’s Trotec laser cutters.

Materials

Paper, Cardboard, Screenboard, Boxboard, Solid Timber (3mm depending on density) and Timber Veneer, Interior Plywood (4mm), Perspex, Acrylic, Polypropylene, Felt and Fabric.

Materials containing PVC, Bleach, Toxic, Carcinogenic.

Useful Info

Regardless of type of material, your selection must be flat (tolerance ±1mm).
If you are intending to cut your own materials new to DMaF, you must bring in the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). These can be found online.

Bookings

Please ensure that you use a preconfigured template when making your Rhino file. You need to ensure that your template and saved file corresponds to the laser you have booked.

Download the Rhino Template for the Alpha Laser Cutter

This is a zipped file. You will need to save the file then unzip / uncompress it before opening it in Rhino.

Your file must be set up on the correct template before your booking period. Rhinoceros 4.0 and 5.0 files must be saved in .3dm format. AutoCAD files are to be imported into the Rhino template and vectors must be assigned to the correct Rhino template layers. If additional setup time is required for your file, it will be subtracted from your booking time.

Ensure that no lines duplicate (lines layered on top of each other). You must run AutoCAD’s ‘Overkill’ command or Rhinoceros’ ‘Make2D’ command to ensure that all drawings are flat and that no duplicate lines exist.

Nest your pieces across each panel of material carefully or by using nesting software such as RhinoNEST. This minimises gaps between pieces, saves material and reduces cutting time. A minimum gap of 2mm is recommended, however, lines can be “shared” (eg a grid instead of a series of boxes). Certain materials (e.g.: plastics) require a larger gap to ensure material cools appropriately during cutting.

To avoid fire hazards, detailed cutting work should be arranged in alternate layering across the panel.

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Trotec 500 Laser Cutters (Gamma and Delta)

Brand: Trotec 120W
Maximum Bed Size: 1240x710mm.
Cost: $25.00 per 30 minutes

*Note: these prices are subsidizes for Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning students and staff only.

The Digital Fabrication Lab offers the use of two Trotec Laser cutters, enabling the cutting or engraving of sheet materials according to designs produced in Rhino, or produced in AutoCAD and imported into Rhino. These machines have larger bed sizes than the Universal laser cutter, which are better suited to smaller cutting tasks. They are also capable of cutting through thicker material.

PASS-THROUGH FUNCTION

A pass-through function is also available for large materials. If this function is required, please discuss with Digital Fabrication staff before booking making a booking as set-up time is required to operate pass-through.

ROTARY

A Rotary is available for cutting and engraving tubes and round material. If this function is required, please discuss with Digital Fabrication staff before booking making a booking as set-up time is required to operate the rotary.

Materials

Paper, Cardboard, Screenboard, Boxboard, Solid Timber and Timber Veneer, Plywood, Perspex, Acrylic, Polypropylene, Felt and Fabric.

Materials containing PVC, Bleach, Toxic, Carcinogenic.

Useful Info

Regardless of type of material, your selection must be flat (tolerance ±1mm).

If you are intending to cut your own materials new to DMaF, you must bring in the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). These can be found online.

Download the Rhino Template for the Gamma and Delta Laser Cutters

This is a zipped file. You will need to save the file then unzip / uncompress it before opening it in Rhino.

Download the Rhino Template for the Trotec 500 Laser Cutter

Bookings

Please ensure that you use a preconfigured template when making your Rhino file. You need to ensure that your template and saved file corresponds to the laser you have booked.

Your file must be set up on the correct template before your booking period. Rhinoceros 4.0 and 5.0 files must be saved in .3dm format. AutoCAD files are to be imported into the Rhino template and vectors must be assigned to the correct Rhino template layers. If additional setup time is required for your file, it will be subtracted from your booking time.

Ensure that no lines duplicate (lines layered on top of each other). You must run Rhinoceros’ ‘Make2D’ command to ensure that all drawings are flat and that no duplicate lines exist.

Nest your pieces across each panel of material carefully or by using nesting software such as RhinoNEST. This minimises gaps between pieces, saves material and reduces cutting time. A minimum gap of 2mm is recommended, however, lines can be “shared” (eg a grid instead of a series of boxes). Certain materials (e.g.: plastics) require a larger gap to ensure material cools appropriately during cutting.

To avoid fire hazards, detailed cutting work should be arranged in alternate layering across the panel.

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ZCorp Spectrum 510 Powder Rapid Prototyper (full spectrum colour)

Brand: ZCorp (http://www.zcorp.com/en/home.aspx)
Build envelope (maximum printed model size): 250 x 355 x 200mm
Cost: $0.50 per 1cm3 + $10.00 set-up charge.

*Note: these prices are subsidizes for Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning students and staff only.

The Laboratory’s ZCorp Spectrum Z510 Powder Rapid Prototyper enables the production of detailed, high-definition and full-colour prototypes and three dimensional representations of designs. The precision inkjet printing system delivers components with crisp, defined features, colour reproduction and high accuracy.

Useful Information

The recommended minimum wall thickness is 2mm

The volume required determines print cost. Models that are hollow (and have loose powder escape route) will cost substantially less.

Checklist

  1. Ensure your files are exported as .stl Precision set to 0.01 (Binary).
  2. Ensure that all surfaces are joined (no holes or gaps) and that all volumes are capped. The model must be ‘watertight’.
  3. All surface normals must face outwards. Use the ‘Direction’ command (type DIR) in Rhinoceros to check.

Bookings

Book this machine in person in DMaF. Please note that file checking and repair often takes time so have you file prepared early in advance. Please always bring your original (Rhino) file, not just an .stl. ZPrint and Zedit software are available in the Digital Fabrication Lab for checking files.

ZCorp Spectrum 510 Powder Rapid Prototyper (white)

Brand: ZCorp (http://www.zcorp.com/en/home.aspx)
Build envelope (maximum printed model size): 200 x 250 x 200mm
Cost: varies according to material

The Zcorp310 Powder Rapid Prototyper can be used for printing high-definition prototypes quickly and affordably. The DMaF utilizes this machine for materials research and development. In conjunction with the Tin Sheds and Art Workshops the DMaF has begun research into the use of ceramic powder printing using the ZCorp 310 monochrome powder printer.

Useful Information

The recommended minimum wall thickness is 2mm

The volume required determines print cost. Models that are hollow (and have loose powder escape route) will cost substantially less.

Checklist

  1. Ensure your files are exported as .stl Precision set to 0.01 (Binary).
  2. Ensure that all surfaces are joined (no holes or gaps) and that all volumes are capped. The model must be ‘watertight’.
  3. All surface normals must face outwards. Use the ‘Direction’ command (type DIR) in Rhinoceros to check.

Bookings

Book this machine in person in DMaF. Please note that file checking and repair often takes time so have you file prepared early in advance. Please always bring your original (Rhino) file, not just an .stl. ZPrint and Zedit software are available in the Digital Fabrication Lab for checking files.

ProJet HD3000 Plastics Rapid Prototyper

The ProJet HD 3000 is an additive technology printer that uses UV light to harden liquid plastic to print precision, durable plastic parts ideal for functional testing, design communication, rapid manufacturing, rapid tooling. The Projet RP has selectable print resolutions and built in support system generation as well as accuracy between 0.025-0.05mm.

Maximum Print size

Width 298mm x Depth 105mm x Height 203mm in HD mode (for mid resolution printing and full support material generation)

Width 127mm x Depth 178mm x Height 152mm in UHD mode (for high resolution printing and minimal support material generation)

Cost

All costs for models produced on the Plastics Rapid Prototyper are calculated in the Digital Fabrication Lab. Please contact Digital Fabrication staff to discuss costs.

Booking

Book this machine in person in DMaF. Please note that file checking and repair often takes time so have you file prepared early in advance. Please always bring your original (Rhino) file, not just an .stl file. 3d model checking and repair software is available in the Digital Fabrication Lab for checking files.

File Types

  • Precision:0.01
  • Binary

Good to Know

The recommended minimum wall thickness is 0.5mm

The volume of support material and plastic required determines print cost. Models that are hollow will cost substantially less.

Powder Projet 3000 Checklist

  1. Ensure your files are exported as .sti with Precision set to 0.01 and document settings as Binary.
  2. Ensure that all surfaces are joined (no holes) and that all volumes are capped. The model must be ‘watertight’.
  3. All surface normals must face outwards. Use the ‘Direction’ command (type DIR) in Rhinoceros to check.

Book this machine in person in DMaF. Please note that file checking and repair often takes time so have you file prepared early in advance. Please always bring your original (Rhino) file, not just an .stl. Model checking and repair software is available in the Digital Fabrication Lab.

Multicam CNC Router

The MultiCAM CNC router 3 Axis Router enables the efficient and accurate cutting of both 2D and 3D files in large format (1300mm x 2500mm) and has the largest gantry height of any machine of its kind (300mm). The machine has the capability to cut thick timbers and composites and Perspex / acrylic as well as soft metals to superior edge finishing and has a powerful vacuum table to hold down material.

The MultiCAM CNC Router also has a “floating head” or “air-assit” when high accuracy is needed for materials such as Alucobond bending applications.

Run by Enroute (2D) and Visual Mill software (3D), CNC machining allows for complete control over tool path direction and finish quality.

Bed Size

Width 1200mm x Depth 2400mm

Cost

2D and 3D routing of Perspex, Timber, Plywood or Foam: $30 per 30 minutes (including file set-up time).

Materials that blunt the cutters (E.g. hardwoods) may incur an additional tool sharpening / tool replacement fee.

*Note: these prices are subsidizes for Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning students and staff only.

Booking

For all booking enquiries or to request a booking time contact a Digital Fabrication staff member in person with your cutting file.

3D files should be exported as .stl

2D files should be exported as .dxf

Materials

Solid timber and composite boards, Perspex / acrylic, foam, tooling board (Recommended)

Alloys and metals (by prearrangement only – not recommended)

Good to Know

Those wishing to do two-sided machining must construct a bounding box and model-in tabs before using the CNC router.

Softer materials such as foam are extremely fast to route whilst dense materials such as hardwoods are exponentially slower.

Bookings

Book this machine in person in DMaF. Digital Fabrication staff will need to see your file and discuss material choice to estimate the amount of time it will take in order to make a booking.

3D Printers/Extruders

Advancements in 3d printing, particularly plastic extrusion technology have enabled rapid and inexpensive production of 3D components using small, rapid prototypers. The DMaF has 3d printers from leading suppliers Makerbot and Up!. The Laboratory’s six extruders use heated ABS and PLA plastic to construct 3D models. The machines are capable of automatically generating scaffolding for the printing of parts accurately and cleanly. With these devices, students, staff and collaborators to the Laboratory can quickly prototype, test and develop their designs.

Good to Know

3D files should be exported as .stl

Precision 0.01 (Binary)

Angles shallower than 45 degrees require a raft and scaffolding

Printing in clear PLA and water soluble PVA requires non-standard settings and costing. Please contact Digital Fabrication staff for assistance.

Replicator 2

Brand: MakerBot
Build Envelope (WxDxH): 285x150x150mm
Cost: $10 setup fee + $2.00 per 10 grams (including raft and scaffolding)

Replicator Dual

Brand: MakerBot
Build Envelope (WxDxH): 220x145x150mm
Cost: $10 setup fee + $2.00 per 10 grams (including raft and scaffolding)

Thingomatic MK7

Brand: MakerBot
Build Envelope (WxDxH): Automated Build 100x100x100mm | Acrylic Build 100x100x120mm
Cost: $10 setup fee + $2.00 per 10 grams (including raft and scaffolding)

Thingomatic MK6

Brand: MakerBot
Build Envelope (WxDxH): Automated Build 100x100x100mm | Acrylic Build 100x100x120mm
Cost: $10 setup fee + $2.00 per 10 grams (including raft and scaffolding)

Up! Plus

Brand: Up!
Build Envelope (WxDxH): 140x140x135mm
Cost: $10 setup fee + $2.00 per 10 grams (including raft and scaffolding)

Up! Mini

Brand: Up!
Build Envelope (WxDxH): 120x120x120mm
Cost: $10 setup fee + $2.00 per 10 grams (including raft and scaffolding)

*Note: these prices are subsidised for Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning students and staff only.

Booking

Makerbot and Up! 3d printer bookings are to be made in person in DMaF. Please have you file ready so that staff can estimate time required for your project to make a booking.

Roland Modela CNC Milling Machine

Brand: Roland
Maximum Model Size: 650 x 450 x 155mm
Cost: $10 set-up fee including first hour and $5 per additional hour of machine use

The Roland Modela Pro MDX 650 3 Axis Mill enables the efficient and accurate cutting of both 2D and 3D files in smaller format (650mm x 450mm). The Roland Modela can be equipped with an additional 4th axis rotary positioner for 360 degree milling. This machine is most suitable for lightweight materials, and is suited to smaller tasks than those that would require use of the Multicam CNC Router.

Materials

Wax, Resin, Timber, Plywood,Foam (recommended)

Aluminium, Brass, Copper (possible but not recommended)

Good things to know

Those wishing to do two-sided machining must construct a bounding box and model-in tabs before using the CNC router.

Softer materials such as foam are extremely fast to route whilst more dense materials such as plywood are exponentially slower.

Multicam CNC Router Checklist:

  • Ensure that 2D files are exported as .dxf
  • Ensure that 3D files are exported as .stl
  • Regardless of file type, your document should use Precision 0.01 and Binary.

Bookings

Book this machine in person in DMaF. Digital Fabrication staff will need to see your file and discuss material choice to estimate the amount of time it will take in order to make a booking.

Vacuum Former

The Digital Fabrication Laboratory’s vacuum former uses heat and vacuum pressure to mold a melted sheet of plastic over a surface mold. Molds can be made from many materials depending on longevity required including plywood, card, composite, ceramics, plastics or alloys. Vacuum pressure is used to hold the melted plastic to the mold as temperature reduces, casting a plastic model.

Good to know

  • Remember that the object will need to be removed. Avoid undercuts.
  • Use a draft angle of 3 degrees or more in the mold in order to avoid formed objects adhering to the mold.

Foam Cutter / Hot Wire Cutter

The hot-wire foam cutter is used to cut and shape polystyrene (expanded foam), extruded foam and other light materials. A low voltage wire is heated to approximately 200 degrees with an electric current. This melts through the material, shaping as desired. The wire is manually guided through the material, enabling a high level of control and flexibility in the direction and shape of the finished product. The Digital Fabrication lab’s foam cutter is a good method of very rapidly shaping prototypes.

Good to know

The hot-wire cutter is exactly that - hot! Care should be taken when using the cutter and be careful not to pick up a cutter that has recently been used as it may retain residual heat.

Sand Blaster

The Digital Fabrication Lab’s sand blasting cabinet enables the etching of surfaces. Using tape to mask off areas, remaining exposed surfaces are stripped in an abrasive technique that applies patterning and texture. Compressed air is used to propel abrasive materials at the workpiece at high velocities. The repeated impact creates a scoring pattern on the workpiece that is controlled by the intensity of the blasting process. The cabinet recycles the abrasive, minimising the amount of loose material produced.

Booking

Bookings are not required for use of the sand blaster. However, during peak periods of semester, you may want to consider making a booking if your project requires extensive use of the sandblaster.