This is the beating heart of Launchpad’s Creative Studios – the Digital Fabrication Studio, also known as the Prototyping Studio.
“This is a space where you can see an idea you created, refine it with software and bring that idea into existence,” says studio lead Aneesh Singh.
Physically, visually and programmatically linked with other Creative Studios, the Digital Fabrication Studio provides state-of-the-art 3D printing equipment to enable the quick development of products and prototypes. The studio brings together the streams of digital and handmade object creation.
Here’s how a prototype can quickly come together at Launchpad using our 3D printers:
Step 1: The design
There’s no limit to what you can create in the Digital Fabrication Studio. Put your imagination to work in Launchpad’s Computer Lab. Here you can use the latest design and production software that you’ll need to bring your prototype to life. “Members can prototype jewelry, products and custom components for any project,” Singh says.
Step 2: The Setup
Choose one of our 3D printers for your prototype. “We have 10 printers in total,” says Singh. Eight of them are FDM printers and two are SLA printers. “The FDM printers print using spools of plastic filament that is melted, deposited layer by layer, then cooled,” Singh explains. “The SLA printers print using liquid resin that is cured layer by layer into a hard object.”
Step 3: The Prototype
You’ve got the design. You’ve got your equipment. Now all you need is to get started on your 3D printers in the Digital Fabrication Studio. But if you feel like you’re not sure how to use the equipment – don’t worry. “This can be a space where you teach yourself the technology and processes,” Singh says. Hit the “go” button and find out what you can make! Our studio leads will be there to guide you every step of the way.