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 Garage Residents Only (students who are incubating their startups at The Garage).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 fiberboard, and wood.
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 fiberboard, and wood.
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 fiberboard, and wood.
The Roland Vinyl Cutter can be used to create designs or stickers out of vinyl. The Garage stocks 12 different colors of vinyl.
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.
The Garage has two Motorola Moto Z smartphones, which allow residents to test Android apps. The MotoMods Development Kit includes components for building MotoMods, which can expand the capabilities of Motorola smartphones with temperature sensors, audio and display add-ons, and breadboards for interfacing with microcontrollers.
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.
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.