Lab Tools

Our projects often require special tools, these are just a sampling found in our lab.

 

Markforged Mark 2 3D printer

 

This is the Markforged Mark two 3D printer. With it, prints can have the strength to weight ratio of aluminum. Used frequently in our lab for rapid prototyping and finished parts alike, the printer gives us the chance to test complex geometries that would be difficult or impossible to create using traditonal methods.

 


Cutaway of a 3D print showing the continuous fiber inlay

Here is a cutaway showing the continuous fiber abilitys of the printer. The printer can do several different types of continous fiber inlay, each gives the part different material properties. Here Kevlar was inlayed to increase the life of the part and prevent wear of the contacting surfaces.

 

 

Computer designed for neural network simulations 

In the lab, we also design and test neural network simulations for advanced control. These simulations can often take several hours or more, so we needed something that could handle these calculations. This computer was designed a built expressly for this purpose. 

 

 

Neural network computer inner workings 

This computer was built with a watercooled AMD RYZEN 7 1800X 8-Core 3.6 GHz and a GeForce GTX 1080 FTW HYBRID with its own seperate water cooling system, this was built to work hard and stay cool.

 

 

 

Computer used for 3D modeling

 

Our second computer is typically used for 3D modeling and rendering in the lab. With duel monitors, 40 gigabytes of ram, and a AMD FirePro W4100 we can do the complex 3D modeling that we need for designs, testing, and 3D simulations.  

 

 

Power supply, function generator, and oscilloscope

 

 

 

Robots need to have a good control system; because of this, we end up doing a lot of controls work in the lab and need the proper equipment on hand to do it all. This is our power supply, function generator, and oscilloscope so we can test, troubleshoot, and create control systems for the robots that we build.