Computer Aided Modelling / Manufacturing laboratory
Due to the current situation, we kindly request students to contact us by email and not visit us in the lab. For handing in orders for the lasercutter email these to; camlab-BK@tudelft.nl For handing in orders or questions regarding 3D printing or CNC-milling email these to; B.J.firstname.lastname@example.org (always email your files together with the correct form and fill in with your details).
All the orders that are submitted will be checked by us, if there are any errors or mistakes we will contact you by replying your email (or by Zoom / Teams). Keep in mind that this process might take more time than normally. When your order is ready we will let you know by email, please organise your own time to pickup the order in combination with day that you are allowed in the faculty.
The CAMlab houses a collection of machines for digital fabrication of scale models and parts for technical prototypes.
There are lasercutters, 3D printers and two CNC-milling machines. All the machines are operated by the staff and assignments are done in collaboration with the student.
The lasercutters can cut through plates of wood, paper and some plastics, from 0,1mm too a thickness of 6mm. The cutting and engraving pattern is directed by your 2D-CAD drawing.
The price for lasercutting is € 28,50 per hour, and you pay per minute. The time it takes to cut materials depends on the amount of cutting and engraving lines, the type of material and the thickness. You can read the drawing manual or contact the staff for preparing proper laserfiles. During presentation periods the waiting list can be up to 3 weeks so make sure to hand in your file in time. An estimation of the current waiting time can be found next to the CAMlab entrance.
All the files you need for lasercutting are included in the following zip file.
The 3D printers are mainly used to make parts that are difficult to produce by hand. In the lab we have two different types of 3D printers, one uses extruded plastic (PLA) and builds up the model using this material. This produces a model that is pretty strong and can me easily painted but is a little rough. The other printer uses a type of gypsum powder, and produces a smoother surface but is more fragile and more difficult to further process. Keep in mind that for 3D printing you need a closed model without any holes in its geometry. Files can be checked in the free software from Ultimaker (Cura) here you can see how the Ultimaker using PLA would build up your model.
CNC-milling is one of the more difficult machines available, and we kindly ask students to contact us in an early phase of their project. This way we can discuss a more detailed plan on how to approach the final result, taking in account materials, level of details and technical drawings.
And always remember: that we are not a commercial enterprise but merely providing a service for students!