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Resources and machines

The IE University Fab Lab uses all of the latest digital fabrication technology, such as laser cutters, large format and precision CNC milling machines, and 3D printers, as well as a wide range of different traditional machines and tools.

Laser Cutters

Our laser cutter machines use CO2 to produce a laser powerful enough to cut through material such as wood, paper, cardboard, acrylic, plastics without PVC, textiles, and cork, to name a few. Laser cutting is a highly practical technique that allows you to make 2D and 3D structures by joining 2D surfaces.

 

3D Printers

A 3D Printer uses what we call an additive process to construct a model. This simply means that a solid object is created by layering materials on top of each other. In the Fab Lab, our students have access to three different types of 3D Printers depending on the material they wish to use: plastic, curable resin or clay. With 3D printing, our students can design and build extremely intricate geometrical shapes that would otherwise be extremely difficult.

Large format and precision CNC milling machines

In contrast to 3D printers, CNC milling machines use subtracting processes to produce objects. This means that the machine removes excess, unnecessary materials from a workpiece until the desired design is reached. Using these machines, we can carve materials such as wood, extruded and expanded polystyrene, acrylic, and plastic. In this way, we can create molds for casting, prototypes in 1:1 scale, and PCBs (circuit boards).

Vinyl Cutter

A vinyl cutter machine uses a blade to cut a very thin layer of adhesive material (vinyl) that you can use then to customize almost any kind of surface.

 

Vacuum thermoforming machine

With our vacuum thermoforming machine, you can use plastic to replicate the surface of an original piece previously fashioned by laser cutting, CNC milling, 3D printing, or woodworking.

 

Woodshop

In our fully equipped woodshop, students can find all the necessary machines to develop their prototypes out of wood. These tools include table saws, circular saws, routers, band saws, sanders, drills, jigsaws, drill presses, along with the appropriate safety equipment.

Even more tools

In our Fab Lab, there are even more state-of-the-art machines and tools our students can use to realize their vision. For example, they will have access to a 3D scanner for real objects, which allows you to work with their digital files on a computer. There is also a potter’s wheel to make your own clay objects by hand and a kiln for hardening them. Students can also find a heat press machine to transfer vinyl to a textile material, a welding area with tools and materials to make wire metal structures or create your own PCBs (circuit boards), a spray-painting area, and even a printing press.