The Design Studio has a full scope of equipment and resources available for students to design, build, and test their projects. Some resources are available for general use, while others require special training and supervision. Below you will find training manuals and quizzes for the Design Studio equipment.
Access the myLearning Laboratory Safety course by logging into MyJH.
- Download and read the equipment manuals, which can be found below.
- Come to the Design Studio during a TA shift (see schedules) to be administered a quiz on the equipment’s manual.
- Get hands-on training from the TA.
- Produce a sample approved by the TA who trained you.
This FDM style printer provides higher resolution prints, with options for breakaway or dissolvable support. Prints are of higher quality, so more complex parts tend to be made with this printer. This prints only in ABS. Students must be trained prior to use. Please be sure to fill out the Dimension usage log prior to printing.
Makerbot Replicator +
This FDM style printer is great for a first pass on prototyping parts with complex shapes. It is ideal for “looks-like” prototypes and low-load “works-like” prototypes. This printer prints only in PLA. Students must be trained prior to use.
Please complete the Makerbot Replicator+ quiz prior to scheduling training.
This polyjet printer provides micron-level tolerance prints that are strong and aesthetically pleasing. These prints are great for complex parts to be used in a final prototype. This printer prints in a variety of materials. Please contact Tom Benassi for information regarding the use of this printer.
This FDM style printer is great for a first pass on prototyping parts with complex shapes. It is ideal for looks-like prototypes and low-load works-like prototypes. This printer prints only in PLA. Students must be trained prior to use.
The MakerBot Digitizer has a convenient user interface and is easy to use, however it only scans in black and white. Like all 3D scanners, it is helpful when an object with complex dimensions needs to be rendered in 3D modeling software, such SolidWorks or Creo. This is particularly useful when interfacing with the body, which can be difficult to create from scratch in such softwares.
NextEngine 3D Scanner – Ultra HD
The NextEngine Laser Scanner is a high definition scanner, which also has options in color. Like all 3D scanners, it is helpful when an object with complex dimensions needs to be rendered in 3D modeling software, such as SolidWorks or Creo. This is particularly useful when interfacing with the body, which can be difficult to create from scratch in such softwares.
Acrylic Bending & Bonding Equipment
Strip heaters may be used as a complement to the laser cutter to bend acrylics and assemble/finish cut parts. These tools can get very hot and should be handled with care. There is also acrylic bonding agent in the Design Studio East, which can be used for bonding acrylic to acrylic and should only be used under the fume hood.
These mobile electronics carts support students in development and testing of electronics in projects and classes.
A sewing machine is used to bind fabrics and other thin materials, and can be useful for biomedical instrumentation and other prototyping, particularly with wearables.
Among other equipment and supplies, soldering irons, lighting sources, clamps, heat sources, wiring, solder, flux, and insulation are available for student use for projects and classes.
VLS3.50 Laser Cutter
Laser cutters are quick and versatile, and may be useful for all stages of prototyping. The VLS3.50 laser cutter is primarily used for cutting acrylic, however alternative materials can be used with the permission of Design Studio TAs. It has a dimension limit of 12×24. Students must be trained prior to use.
Please complete the Laser Safety Training and send the certificate to a Design Studio TA to schedule a training session.
Other laser cutters are available in the WSE Advanced Manufacturing Lab at the Wyman Park Building, and in the WSE Makerspace in Fast Forward U.
The bandsaw provides uniform cutting action on a variety of materials.
The belt sander is used to sand or shape a variety of materials.
This CNC router cuts paths into material horizontally. At this time, setup and training are still underway. Please contact Tom Benassi if you are interested in learning more about this piece of equipment. The machine shop also has a mill, which can provide similar function, however, operation is manual.
The drill press is used to drill holes through metal or wood.
The lathe is used to perform various operations including cutting and drilling wood and metal.
The mill is used to cut away unwanted material.
The fume hood ensures safe practices when working with volatile chemicals that would otherwise be harmful. The fume hood is located in Design Studio East, where any work with volatile chemicals should be done. Please consult a Design Studio TA if you are unsure if a chemical should be used under the fume hood.
Two red tool boxes are located just outside the team room in Design Studio West. They have drills, soldering irons, clamps, saws, screws, screwdrivers, rotary tools, springs, pliers, wrenches and more. If you have a tough prototyping problem to solve, check here for ideas. We probably have the answer.
And remember, tools require safe handling. If you are unsure of proper use, don’t hesitate to ask!