The ground floor of AUA's Main Building houses a cutting edge prototyping lab, which allows students to invent, tinker, and explore using 3D printers, a 3D scanner, CNC machines and other tools and materials. The machines are located in rooms 006M and 007M. To promote hands-on learning, a fifteen person classroom adjacent to the lab has been designed for students and faculty to use.
The prototyping lab has the following tools and machines:
3D Printing: 3D Printing, or additive manufacturing, is an easy-to-use method for producing 3D objects. It is the process of building physical objects from digital models. Successive layers of material (filament) are laid down in thin layers to create a physical object. You can make anything from simple parts such as mobile phone covers to complex mechanical devices.
Laser scanner: Small, handheld laser scanner provides an effective way of inspecting and reverse engineering various parts and surfaces. Everything physical can be converted into digital format for further analysis and manipulation.
Vacuum casting: Vacuum casting provides a quick way to produce high quality parts that closely match the performance attributes of injection moulded parts without the long preparatory times.
CNC machine: In contrast to 3D Printing, Computer Numerical Control machining(CNC) is an example of subtractive manufacturing. It is a process by which 3D objects are constructed by successively cutting material away from a solid block of material. CNC machining is used in manufacturing of both metal and plastic parts.
AUA Entrepreneurship and Product Innovation Center (EPIC)