Rapid Prototyping Center
The DAAP Rapid Prototyping Center provides computer driven milling machines, which use student compiled
CAD data to produce models. Rapid prototyping supports curricular objectives in the following ways:
- Allows students to execute a series of improved iterations before the final model is produced and finished.
- Allows for faculty critique as part of the iterative process.
- Final molds are made with the computer information that is developed as part of the design process.
The facility is located on the 5000 level just inside the main entry from the south, or campus-side of
the complex. It is highly visible, allowing visitors and passerby to view the projects being produced through
Safety is greatly enhanced, the cutting and shaping is accomplished on a completely enclosed machine.
Equipment available in the RPC includes:
Bridgeport VMC 1000 vertical machining center with 23 station tool changer and 44” x 20” inch table
manufactured in 2001.
- Tarus 5 axis mill with variable speed 4000 rpm spindle, 48” x 48” x 48” work cube.
- Komo VR 510 S Series Router obtained in 2006. 5’ x 10’ cutting area with Fanuc driver
Beam 250watt Laser Machining Center obtained in 2005. The laser can cut up to 1” thick wood or acrylic
and the lab maintains profiles for cutting more than 100 different specific materials. The Beam LMC can
accommo-date up to a 48” x 48” piece of material.
Epilog 36EXT Laser Engraver obtained in 2008. Accommodates cutting of thin materials and etching
and engraving processes up to 24” x 36” in size.
ZCorp 650 Powder Printers (two total) obtained in 2011. 300(x) 450Y dpi with a .0035 inch z layer
thickness. Both printers can produce color output within a build area of 15” x 10” x 8” high.
uPrintSE ABS Extrusion Printer obtained in 2012. 300(x) 450Y dpi with a .010 inch z layer thickness
prints in off white ABS plastic.
For more information, check the wiki page here.