Digital Fabrication Laboratory

Our new Digital Fabrication Laboratory is established as a core facility supporting research, enterprise and academic development in architecture, design and engineering. Through the use of cutting-edge technologies, the laboratory enables new solutions to close the gaps between digital media and physical production processes, forcing a step change in the way we design, make and build.

The Digital Fabrication Laboratory is currently under construction, and set to open on 29 November 2019.

“There are some 2.6 million jobs in the UK’s creative economy, growing at around three times the rate of the workforce as a whole. These are – in the main – high-skilled, knowledge-intensive and resilient to future automation. Employers are crying out for talent with a mix of arts and science knowledge” (NESTA, 2014).

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<p>Fabrication robot</p>
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How can your company access our resources?

The Digital Fabrication Lab will be open for business collaboration and knowledge transfer in Spring 2020.

To register your interest contact us directly plymcreative@plymouth.ac.uk.

Resources

Additive Manufacturing

  • Fused Filament Fabrication: Ultimaker S5 3D printers (build volume 330x240x300 mm, compatible with high-strength glass and carbon fiber filament).
  • Fused Filament Fabrication: Ultimaker 3 3D printers (build volume 197x215x300 mm, dual extrusion).
  • Stereolithrography: Form 2 3D printers (build volume 145x145x175 mm, multiple resin-based printing options including clear, tough, castable, flexible, and biocompatible dental resin).
  • Low force Stereolithography: Form 3 3D printers (build volume 145x145x185 mm, multiple resin-based printing options including clear, tough, castable, flexible, and biocompatible dental resin).
  • Polyjet: Stratasys Objet30 Prime (build volume 294x192x148 mm, model material includes rigid/opaque, transparent, simulated polypropilene, high-termperature, rubber/flexible material, and bio-compatible).

Laser Cutting

  • Laser cutters VLS6.60 (60 W, laser cutting dimensions 813x457 mm).
  • Laser cutters GC X380 (80 W, laser cutting dimensions 900x600 mm).

Laser Scanning

  • Sense (1st Gen) 3D scanner: 8-118 inches scanning volume, point-to-point spacing ~0.025 in.
  • Artec Space Spider 3D scanner: Up to 0.05 mm point accuracy, accuracy over distance up to 0.03% over 100 cm, working distance 0.2-0.3 m.
  • Artec Leo 3D scanner: Up to 0.1 mm point accuracy, accuracy over distance up to 0.03% over 100 cm, working distance 0.35-1.2 m.
  • Artec Ray long-range 3D scanner: 110m distance, ranging error 0.7mm @ 15m, 2 integrated 5 mpx cameras.
CNC Milling

  • CNC router AYXZ4008 (with vacuum bed and tool changer)
  • Roland MDX-540 milling machines: XYZ-axis travel 500x400x155 mm, include ZAT-540 tool changer and ZCL-540 rotatory axis. Usable materials include plastics, resin, wood and non-ferrous metals.
  • Roland MDX-50 milling machines: Operating range 400x305x135 mm. Usable materials include wood and modelling wax.

Robotics

  • EPSON 6-axis robotic arms VT6: 90mm reach, 3-5 kg payload capacity. This resource is operated in collaboration with the School of Engineering.

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<p>SoADA Summer School Students with academic<br></p>
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<p>SoADA Summer School students with tech in Digital Fab Lab<br></p>
<p>SoADA Summer School student with 3D printing<br></p>

Projects

Digital Fabrication Laboratory

Digital Fabrication Lab, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Roland Levinsky Building 112, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA