Computer Aided Modelling / Manufacturing laboratory
The CAMlab houses a collection of machines for digital fabrication, which are used for the production of scale models and parts for technical prototypes.
We have 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 to a maximum thickness of 6mm. The cutting and engraving pattern is directed by a 2D-CAD drawing.
The price for lasercutting is € 30 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. Please read the drawing manual or contact the staff for preparing proper laserfiles. During presentation periods the waiting list for your order can be up to 3 weeks so make sure plan accordingly. 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 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 strong and can be easily painted but is a bit 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 holes or naked edges in the geometry.
CNC-milling is one of the more difficult techniques, 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.