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Rapid Prototyping Lab

The College of Engineering and Computing’s Rapid Prototyping Lab is a student-run makerspace designed to provide a platform to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and create a community of makers at UofSC. The Rapid Prototyping Lab provides beyond the classroom experiences. From 3D printers to Arduinos to electronics, a plethora of equipment and technology is available for the CEC community to learn, create and innovate.

Unleash your creativity and innovation...

The Rapid Prototyping Lab (RPL) is a part of the Makerspace Initiative, innovation studios with prototyping and collaboration capabilities. The Rapid Prototyping Lab provides an opportunity for all CEC students to develop their prototyping talents through collaborative work. We also welcome student organizations to join the "Maker Movement" at UofSC.

The lab has additive manufacturing capabilities with state-of-the-art 3D printers and software for design and visualization. The electronics fabrication stations have a wide range of equipment from Raspberry Pis, Arduinos and more. RPL also has soldering and wire-cutting capabilities.

Explore the Rapid Prototyping Lab

Submit your files below. Prints are made in the Rapid Prototyping Lab, 1D25 Swearingen Engineering Center. Completed prints must be picked up within a week of completion.

How to print

  • Submit an .STL file 
  • Files must either already be to-scale, or they must have instructions on what dimensions they need to be if they’re not already to scale.
  • If the file has any errors the software will attempt to fix minor ones, otherwise an email will be sent to request the design to be fixed before processing it further.
  • If you want a specific color, please specify that as well. (Options are: Grey, Yellow, Black, Blue, White, Silver, Red)
  • After receiving the part, an email with a cost and time estimate before beginning to print (see pricing guide below).

Printer Specs

  • Raise3d Pro2 - Print bed size of 305mm x 305mm x 300mm
  • Raise3d Pro2+ - Print bed size of 305mm x 305mm x 605mm
  • Ender 3 - Print bed size of 220 x 220 mm x 250 mm
  • Dremel 3D40 FLEX - Print bed size of 254 x 152 x 170 mm

 

Pricing Guide

Category
Charges
Set-up Charge (per print) $2.99
Printing Rate (per hour) $2.50
Multifilament Surcharge (per print) $2.50

 

 

Workshops, Trainings and Events

Beginner: Introduction to Arduinos (5-hours)

Workshop Details
The workshop will cover the basics of setting up and using an Arduino microcontroller. We will cover common components, basic signal theory, computer logic, and coding in Arduino IDE. Additionally, we will have two projects available afterwards to get hands-on experience with Arduino. The topics of the hands-on practice will cover switches, LEDs, and servo motors. 

Workshop Schedule
1.  Makerspace Tour - 10.00 am - 10.15 am 
2.  Intro to Microcontrollers and Arduino - 10.20 am – 11.00 am  
3.  Break - 11am – 11.15 am 
4.  Intro to Coding in Arduino IDE – 11.15 am – 12.30 pm 
5.  Lunch Break - 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm 
6.  Practice Projects – 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm 

Digital Badge
At the end of the workshop, you will receive a digital badge and a certificate to highlight your knowledge with Arduino on social and networking sites.  

Cost
The workshop is FREE  to all students in the College of Engineering and Computing at UofSC.  

For More Information Contact  
Sowmya Raghu - 3dprint @cec.sc.edu 


Beginner: Introduction to 3D Printing (5-hours)

Workshop Details
The workshop will cover a wide range of topics from 3D Printing technology, its applications, designing with PTC CREO, preparing, slicing and printing the first 3D model. The workshop will include a tour of various 3D printing facilities across the College of Engineering and Computing and conclude with the creation of 3D printed parts.

Workshop Schedule
1.  Makerspace Tour - 10.00  - 10.15 a.m.
2.  Introduction to 3D Printing - 10.15  – 11.00 a.m. 
3.  Break - 11 – 11.15 a.m.
4.  Introduction to CAD Design – 11.15 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
5.  Lunch Break - 12.30  - 1.30 p.m.
6.  Tinker CAD – 1.30  – 2.00 p.m.
7.  Slicing and Printing – 2.00  -2.45 p.m.
8.  Break – 2.45  – 3 p.m.
9.  3D printing Tour – 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Optional)

Digital Badge
At the end of the workshop, you will receive a digital badge and a certificate to highlight your knowledge with Arduino on social and networking sites.  

Cost
The workshop is FREE to all students in the College of Engineering and Computing at UofSC. 

For More Information Contact  
Sowmya Raghu - 3dprint @cec.sc.edu

RPL Safety Training 

The 30-minute in person training will be required for all CEC patrons to make use of the makerspace capabilities. All students are required to be safety trained before attending 3D printing and electronics training.  You will be required to complete the quiz within 10 days to be successfully trained. You will receive a certificate and badge at the end of the safety training.  


RPL 3D Printing Training 

The 30-minute in person 3D printing training will be required for all CEC patrons to make use of the makerspace’s 3D printing capabilities. All students are required to be safety trained before attending 3D printing training.  You will be required to complete the quiz within 10 days to be successfully trained and to submit print requests. You will receive a certificate and badge at the end of the 3D printing training.  


RPL Electronics/Arduino Training 

The 30-minute in person electronics training will be required for all CEC patrons to make use of the makerspace’s electronics fabrication capabilities. All students are required to be safety trained before attending electronics training.  You will be required to complete the quiz within 10 days to be successfully trained to use the space under a makerspace mentor’s supervision. You will receive a certificate and badge at the end of the electronics training. 

Throughout the year we host maker events. These activities are a way for student to explore their creativity and to have some fun. Designing your own travel mug and T-shirt are just a few examples of what is offered.

 

3D Printing Workshop Images

  • Makerspace with our students. Image shows work table with equipment around the edges of the room
  • Group of students in the makerspace
  • Group of students in the makerspace. Two are holding boxes.
  • Group of female students in the makerspace.
  • Three students sitting at a work table working on various projects.
  • Student in the makerspace workin on projects.

 

 

 

 


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