Prototyping Lab

The Prototyping Lab

The Prototyping Lab is equipped with Formlabs Form 2 3D printers, Makerbot Replicators, woodworking equipment, an electronics workbench, Carvey CNC Mills, and much more. It’s a space for hardware startups to prototype and build. The Prototyping Lab is open to Residents and Tinkerers of The Garage only. Tinkerers are only admitted during staffed hours.

Staffed Hours

Monday 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Tuesday 11AM - 5PM
Wednesday 10:30AM - 12PM 1PM - 5PM
Thursday 1PM - 5PM
Friday 3:30PM - 5PM
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Form2

The Formlabs Form 2 is a stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer, which 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. The Garage has two Form 2 printers and seven types of resin: white, grey, black, clear, tough, durable, and flexible.

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Makerbot Replicator 5th Gen

The Makerbot Replicator is an easy-to-use 3D printer. It uses the common FDM technique, which extrudes melted plastic filament through a nozzle to build 3D objects layer by layer. 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.

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Makerbot Z18

The Makerbot Replicator Z18 is an FDM 3D printer with the largest build volume at The Garage. It can print objects up to a foot long and wide, and up to 18 inches tall. The Garage offers 10 colors of PLA plastic filament for the Z18, which hang above the printer.

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Ultimaker 2 Extended+

The Ultimaker 2 Extended+ is an easy-to-use FDM 3D printer with a heated build plate. 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.

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Shaper Origin

The Shaper Origin is a handheld CNC router. Because it is handheld, there is no limit to the size of the material that you can cut or engrave. It also uses computer vision to track the material you’re cutting, meaning it can make slight adjustments to precisely cut your design, making it incredibly easy to use.

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Carvey

The Carvey by Inventables is a fully enclosed desktop CNC mill. It uses a carving bit to cut through material in layers. CNC mills are used to carve objects out of wood, plastics, and other softer materials. The Carvey is notable for its automated Z-axis calibration, PCB milling capabilities, and easy-to-use software. The Garage has two Carveys and various materials for use with them, such as acrylic, MDF, and wood.

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X-Carve

The X-Carve is a CNC mill from Inventables. Our X-Carve has a large 1,000mm work area, automated Z-axis calibration, and easy-to-use software. It offers an alternative to the Carvey for projects that require a larger work area. The Garage has various materials for the X-Carve, such as acrylic, MDF, and wood.

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Glowforge Pro

The Glowforge is a desktop laser cutter. It is easy to use and has convenient features like automatic material recognition and a passthrough slot for engraving and cutting materials of any length. The Garage offers various materials for use with the Glowforge, such as acrylic, MDF, and wood.

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Particle Maker Kit

The Particle Maker Kit has everything you need to prototype an Internet of Things project. It includes the Particle Photon, a WiFi-enabled IoT device, along with other prototyping materials such as wires, LEDs, resistors, sensors, motors, and more.

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Muse Laser Cutter

The Muse is a desktop laser cutter, which uses a laser to engrave and cut through materials such as wood, leather, glass, and cardboard. It is easy to use and has expanded capabilities such as a rotary attachment for engraving curved items and a removable floor for working on projects with a bigger surface area. The Garage offers various materials for use with the Muse, such as acrylic, MDF, and wood.

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Electronics Workbench

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, wrenches, screwdrivers, and other handheld tools.

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Vinyl Cutter

The Roland Vinyl Cutter can be used to create designs or stickers out of vinyl. The Garage stocks 12 different colors of vinyl.

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Juki Sewing Machine

The Juki Sewing Machine is available at The Garage for working with fabric. Various accessories and materials are kept in stock to help facilitate sewing, such as fabric scissors, thread, head pins, and tailor’s chalk.