Lab

 

The innovation lab is located within the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (MNE) Department within the School of Engineering at VCU. The MNE innovation lab facility provides students and faculty with state of the art advance additive manufacturing capabilities. Design, Fabrication, Prototyping, and Testing is provided to all faculty, staff, and students within the School of Engineering. Sponsored research projects, grant collaboration, and various outreach activities are welcome. This facility encourages and enhances learning within the design and additive manufacturing field of engineering.

User Guide
Download the step by step user guide for our equipment: Innovation Lab User Guide

Download an introduction to 3d printing using MakerBot: Innovation Lab Makerbot Introduction 

Lab Hours

  • Monday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Equipment

Dremel 3D40

Dremel 3D40

Print Technology: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
Supported Materials: PLA
Build Volume:

  • Height - 6.7 inches (170 mm)
  • Width – 10 inches (255 mm)
  • Depth – 6 inches (155 mm)

Layer Resolution: 4 mil | 0.004 inches 100 microns | 0.10 mm


MakerBot Prototypers  
 
Picture of a Makerbot prototyperAnother image of a makerbot prototyper
 
Material – Polylactic Acid (PLA)
 
MakerBot Mini
Print Technology: Fused Deposition Modeling
Build Volume:
  • 10.0 L x 10.0 W x 12.5 H cm [3.9 L x 3.9 W x 4.9 H in]
  • 1,250 cubic centimeters [76 cubic inches]
Layer Resolution: 200 microns
 
MakerBot Fifth Generation Replicators
Print Technology: Fused Deposition Modeling
Build Volume:
  • 25.2 W x 19.9 D x 15.0 H cm [9.9 W x 7.8 D x 5.9 H in]
  • 7,522 cubic centimeters [456 cubic inches]
Layer Resolution: 100 microns [0.0039 in]
 
MakerBot Z18s
Print Technology: Fused Deposition Modeling
Build Volume:
  • 30.5 L x 30.5 W x 45.7 H cm [12.0 L x 12.0 W x 18.0 H in]
  • 42,512 cubic centimeters [2,592 cubic inches]
Layer Resolution: 100 microns [0.0039 in]
Ultimaker 3 Extended
Ultimaker 3 Extended 
Print Technology: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
Supported Materials: Nylon, PLA, ABS, CPE, CPE+, PVA, PC, TPU 95A, and PP.
Build Volume:
  • Left or Right Nozzle – 215 x 215 x 300 mm [8.5 x 8.5 x 11.8 in.]
  • Dual Extrusion – 197 x 215 x 300 mm [7.8 x 8.5 x 11.8 in.]

Layer Resolution: 0.40 mm nozzle: 200 to 20 microns


uPrint SE Plus prototypers
 
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Print Technology: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
Model material: ABSplus various colors – ivory, white, blue, fluorescent yellow, black, red, nectarine, olive green, and gray.
Support material: SR-30 soluble
Build size: 203 x 203 x 152 mm (8 x 8 x 6 in.)
Layer thickness: .254 mm (.010 in.) or .330 mm (.013 in.)

Polyjet Objet Eden260VS
Picture of Polyjet Objet EdenImage of the Polyjet Specifications

Reverse Engineering - Portable 3D Scanners
 
Image of a 3d scanner3d Scanner in case
3d scanner specifications
 

Fabrication, Post-Processing, and Shop Tools Available for Use:
  • Bench Grinder
  • Clausing 2VS Mill
  • Clausing 13”x25” Geared Head Lathe
  • Clean Stations for Prototyped Parts
  • Denford 2600 Pro 3-Axis CNC Router
  • Dremel Tools
  • Drill Press
  • Files
  • Horizontal Bandsaw
  • Soldering Irons
  • Table Saw
  • Tabletop Sander
  • Vertical Metal/Wood Bandsaw
  • VLS4.60 Laser System