Skip Menu

Return to Skip Menu

Main Content

The Benefits of Desktop Fabricators

Desktop fabricators give individual users the ability to print their own part designs or those of others' from websites like MakerBot Industries' Thingiverse. These small-scale systems open the door for widespread personal use of additive manufacturing technologies.

Our Systems

MakerBot

    MakerBot Thing-O-Matic 3D Printer
    Parts Printed on the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic

The DREAMS Lab has a total of 5 MakerBot systems. The open architecture of these desktop fabrication systems enables researchers to experiment with novel thermoplastic materials by providing full customization over every process parameter. While only a desktop-sized machine, this printer is perfectly suitable for small-scale processing tests of new materials. The machines are used primarily for undergraduate research projects as well as outreach activities (e.g., STEM classroom demonstrations).

 

 

    Fab@Home Desktop Fabricator

Fab@Home

The Fab@Home system is an open source desktop fabrication technology.  Using off-the-shelf components, the system creates prototypes via the selective extrusion of material.  The extrusion subsystem is composed of a stepper motor, a lead screw, and a syringe.

In its current embodiment, the Fab@Home system is only able to work with materials which can be extruded at room temperature: frosting, silicone RTV, and modeling clay.

Want to Learn More?

Visit the MakerBot Industries and Fab@Home websites to find out more!