Frequently Asked Questions
Which softwares and file formats can i use for 3D modeling?
You can use any kind of CAD software (AutoCAD, SketchUp, 3DStudioMax, Cinema4D, Rhinoceros and so on), at the lab we use Rhino5, for printing or milling the best file format is .stl (STereoLithography).
What is material for 3D printing and the precision of the printer?
Our 3D printer is a FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) machine that uses plastic filaments (ABS or PLA) . The highest layer resolution of our 3D printer (MakerBot Replicator 1) is 100µ = 0.10 mm
Which file formats and materials do i need for laser cutting?
The supported files for laser cutting are .dxf, .pdf, .ai, .eps (vectorial files). If you want to engrave a picture on a specific material, it's possible to raster an image with a .jpg or a .bmp file.
With our 60w CO₂ laser cuttter you can cut and engrave on cardboard, paper, wood, MDF, plywood, acrylic (PMMA), up to 10mm; textiles, leather, foam. You can engrave on metals (except for copper), mirror and glass as well, but our machine cannot cut them. IMPORTANT: No chloride plastics are allowed because of its toxicity.
Do you provide materials?
In stock, we have 2 kinds of plastic filaments for 3D printing (PLA and ABS); for laser cutting, we can offer plywood or MDF (thickness: 3mm, 5mm), transparent acrylic (thickness: 3mm, 4mm, 5mm) and white acrylic (thickness: 3mm). If you want to use the CNC milling machines, our options are extruded polystyrene foam (1500x500x80mm or 1500x500x60mm) or polyurethane bricks (200x100x60mm or smaller).
Is it possible to visit the FabLab?
Yes! during the 'open access' afternoons, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2:00pm to 7:00pm. Please check out our calendar before visiting us. Sometimes the lab is closed for maintenance, external activities or holidays.