The Makerspace is where our students build. Our Makerspace has an AR/VR Lab (Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Lab) and a Prototyping Lab.
The AR/VR Lab
The AR/VR Lab features the Oculus Rift, Microsoft HoloLens, and HTC Vive. All students, faculty and staff of Northwestern are welcome to visit during staffed hours. The last demo ends 15 minutes before the end of each shift. Come check it out!
The Prototyping Lab
The Prototyping Lab is equipped with Formlabs Form 2 3D printers, Makerbot Replicators, woodworking equipment, an electronics workbench, Carveys, a sewing machine and vinyl cutter. The Prototyping Lab is open to Garage Residents Only (students who are incubating their startups at The Garage).
Staffed Makerspace Hours for Spring 2017
|Monday||2:15PM - 5:15PM|
|Tuesday||2:15PM - 5:15PM|
|Wednesday||11:15AM-12:15PM||4:15PM - 5:15PM|
Hours may change without notice.
The electronics workbench is stocked with a soldering iron, oscilloscope, digital multimeter, function/arbitrary waveform generator, programmable DC power supply, heat guns, and other equipment. It also contains all the tools you’ll need for your hardware project, such as a power drill, dremel saw, wrenches, screwdrivers, and much more.
The Carvey by Inventables is a fully enclosed CNC mill. It uses a carving bit to cut through material in layers. CNC mills are used to carve objects out of wood, aluminum, and other softer materials. The Carvey is unique for its tabletop design, automated Z-axis calibration, and easy-to-use software. The Garage offers various materials to be carved by the Carvey, such as acrylic, MDF fiberboard, wood, and aluminum.
The Formlabs Form 2 is a stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer. It uses a UV laser to cure liquid resin into solid resin. This process results in incredibly precise and smooth prints with layers as small as 25 microns, but prints take longer than on other 3D printers. The Garage offers 6 types of resin: white, grey, black, clear, tough, and flexible.
The Makerbot Replicator is an easy-to-use 3D printer. It uses the traditional FDM (fused deposition modeling) technique, which extrudes melted plastic filament through a nozzle to create thin layers of plastic. The Replicator is recommended for first-time 3D printer users. The Garage offers 10 colors of PLA plastic filament for the Replicator, which hang above the printer.
The Makerbot Replicator Z18 is the 3D printer with the largest build volume at The Garage. It uses the traditional FDM (fused deposition modeling) technique, which extrudes melted plastic filament through a nozzle to create thin layers of plastic. It has a massive 2,592 cubic inches of build volume. The Garage offers 10 colors of PLA plastic filament for the Z18, which hang above the printer.
The Muse is a desktop laser cutter. It uses a laser to engrave and cut through materials such as wood, acrylic, and aluminum. It is unique for its ease-of-use and built in air filter.
The Mosaic Palette is an accessory for The Garage’s FDM 3D printers that can be used for 3D printing in up to four colors in a single print. Filament is inserted into the back, and the various colors are fused together inside, creating a single strand of filament that is then fed into one of The Garage’s 3D printers.
The Ultimaker 2 Extended+ is an easy-to-use 3D printer. It uses the traditional FDM (fused deposition modeling) technique, which extrudes melted plastic filament through a nozzle to create thin layers of plastic. The Ultimaker is unique for its heated build plate, resulting in easy setup and prints that have very smooth bases. The Garage offers 20 different types of filament for the Ultimaker: 10 colors of PLA plastic, which hang above the printer, and 10 colors of ABS plastic available on demand.
The Roland Vinyl Cutter can be used to create designs or stickers out of vinyl. The Garage stocks 12 different colors of vinyl.