Research + Work

In addition to studios, workshops, laboratories, lecture and seminar rooms, the college has a number of specialized facilities which support its programs.

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Rapid Prototyping Center

The DAAP Rapid Prototyping Center utilizes state of the art computer driven milling machines, 3D printers, and laser cutters. These technologies 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 models are made with the computer information that is developed as part of the design process.
The facility is located in room 5212, 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 large windows.

Equipment available in the RPC includes:
  • Bridgeport VMC 1000 vertical machining center with 23 station tool changer and 44” x 20” inch table.
  • Komo VR 510 S Series Router. 5’ x 10’ cutting area with Fanuc driver, 12 station tool changer, and 30 HP vacuum hold-down.
  • Epilog 36EXT Laser Engraver. Accommodates cutting of thin materials and etching and engraving processes up to 24” x 36” in size.
  • BEAM Dynamics 250 watt nitrogen cooled Laser Machining Center. The laser can cut up to 3/4” thick wood or acrylic and can accommodate up to a 48” x 48” piece of material. The lab maintains profiles for cutting more than 100 different materials. This machine is currently not available.
  • ZCorp 650 Powder 3D Printers (two total). 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 3D Printer. 300(x) 450Y dpi with a .010 inch z layer thickness prints in off white ABS plastic. 8” x 6” x 6” build volume.
  • Formlabs Form 2 stereolithographic resin 3D printer.  .001-.004 resolution. 5.7” x 5.7” x 6.9” build volume.
For more information, check the wiki page.