Advanced Digital Manufacturing Lab
Digital Fabrication Lab
DCC’s Workforce Services operates a “Digital Fabrication Lab” in the Regional Center for Advanced Technology and Training facility. This lab houses impressive equipment that is used to train students in the modern methods of using digital design data as input to manufacture products and components.
This equipment is used to train students in the design aspects of modern technology using 3D CAD and 2D Drawing software to envision their ideas. Students make their virtual designs come to life by using this equipment.
In addition, this equipment and others are used to enhance k-12 workshops that DCC often provides to expose younger students the modern methods of production.
In addition to student training, this equipment is used as an economic development tool to help local industries and businesses develop new products. Prototype parts are made on a fee-for-service basis. Local industries and entrepreneurs are benefiting by having state-of-the-art tools to help them develop their next product.
Digitally driven equipment includes:
3D Systems’ Vanguard ®SLS (Selective Laser Sintering)
This equipment uses a 100w CO2 laser to sinter aramid and other powders to form fully functional 3dimensional parts. Build volume is accomplished in a build boundary envelope that is approximately 12”x12”x15”. Larger parts can be sectioned to fit the envelope and pieced together to make full-sized parts.
DCC is one of only a few community colleges (or even universities) to have SLS capability.
Stratasys Dimension Elite® FDM
This equipment uses proprietary materials from Stratasys Corporation to build parts through the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) process. This process feeds plastic rod through, a modified inkjet printing nozzle to create 2-dimensional layers which are built one-on-top-of-another to create the 3rd dimension of a part. This equipment compliments the capabilities of the SLS in that it is cheaper and faster to operate even though the build envelope is quite a bit smaller ( approx.. 8” x 8” x 10”).
Laser Cutter / Engraver
Epilog Mini® Laser
This digitally driven 35w laser is used to cut and engrave engineering and decorative materials. Capabilities include cutting plastic and wood materials, engraving plastic and wood and etching harder materials such as metals and glass.
For information about the capabilities and use of the Digital Fabrication Lab, please contact Jerry Franklin, 434-797-8573, firstname.lastname@example.org