CNC Routing Lab
The machines are used to produce full-scale prototypes, furniture, site models and molds. Each job is unique are there have been very rare cases of repeatable jobs. The most common materials milled are various types of hardwood, softwood, MDF and birch plywood. Occasionally, courses require milling high-performance alloy aluminum sheets and foam blocks.
Laser Cutting Lab
CAAD Labs operates four laser cutting machines spread in two labs, one KERN 400W machine and 3 Universal X-600 50W machines. The KERN laser cutter has a working area of 52” x 100” and is capable of cutting ferrous and non-ferrous sheet metal, plastics and thin sheets of wood. The Universal machines have a working area of 32” x 18”, and are capable of cutting thin materials such as cardboard, museum board, MDF and paper.
3D Printing Lab
There are four types of 3D printers used in CAAD Labs that are available to students and faculty at a subsidized rate:
Robotic arms are versatile machines and can accommodate several fabrication and manipulation processes. Most of the tools mounted at the arm’s end are custom made process-specific tools. The work cell setup consists of two KUKA KR125/3 robots along with an external rotary axis. Programming robotic arms requires additional steps when compared to conventional CNC machines. Grasshopper plugin KUKA | PRC in Rhino is used to output the *.krl code file from geometry inputs.