Fox.Build Equipment List

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Fox Build has an ever growing set of equipment at the disposal of it's members. Caveat: This list is almost always out of date because we buy new equipment each month as part of our "Member Giveback" program and it takes time to get the new equipment onto the Wiki.

Digital Fabrication

The Digital Fabrication room contains a variety of equipment:

  • 3D Printers
  • Laser Cutters
  • Vinyl Cutter
  • Plastic Bender
  • Wire Bender
  • 3D Scanner
  • Heat Press (T-Shirt, Coffee Mugs, Hats)

See the details about each below.

3D Printers

3D Printers Workbench

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), refers to processes used to synthesize a three-dimensional object in which successive layers of material are formed under computer control to create an object. All of the Fox.Build 3D printers use fused filament molding, meaning they build parts by accumulating layers of hot plastic filament on top of each other.

All of the 3D printers require an STL (stereo-lithography) file. This is a 3D representation of the part that is made by decomposing the part into triangles. Most CAD programs can output an STL file, so you can choose your favorite CAD program to design your 3D printable parts. After you have an STL file of your part you need to run it through a "slicer". The slicer cuts the STL file into layers so the printer can print them one layer at a time. There are multiple slicing programs available, but most of them embed some form of Slic3r, an open source slicing module. Cura is one of the more popular slicing programs, but some printers (such as the Prusa) have a slicer especially tailored for the specific printer. In these cases it is usually preferable to use the slicer that came with the printer. The sections below that provide details for each printer also cover the slicers and setting recommendations.

Fox.Build 3D Printers

Laser Cutters

Laser Cutters

Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to cut materials, and is typically used for industrial manufacturing applications, but is also starting to be used by schools, small businesses, and hobbyists. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser most commonly through optics. The laser optics and CNC (computer numerical control) are used to direct the material or the laser beam generated.

The laser cutters are located in the Digital Fabrication Room. Plywood (up to 1/4 inch) and acrylic sheet are the two most common materials cut on the laser cutter, although leather and fabric may also be cut. Care must be taken when choosing a material: the material must burn, but must also not release toxic gases. Vinyl, including PVC, and polycarbonate are two materials that SHOULD NOT be cut on the laser cutter due to the harmful fumes they emit when burning.

Other Useful Laser Info:

Woodworking Area

Woodshop
Woodshop

Fox.Build has a growing assortment of tools available for woodworking.

Woodworking Tools
Air Filter Inventables X-Carve CNC Router Maslow CNC Router
Craftsman Jointer Drill Press Belt Sander
Miter Saw Bandsaw Craftsman Scrollsaw
Router Table Powered Hand Tools Kreg Pocket Hole Tools
12-1/2" Planer Wood Lathe Dust Collector
Additional woodworking equipment that we could use includes:
  • Clamps (all varieties - it is virtually impossible to have too many clamps!)
  • Air Compressor
  • Wood lathe
  • Biscuit joiner

Electronics Lab

Electronics Lab

The Electronics Lab contains everything you'll need to work on electronics:

  • A Microcontroller & Single Board Computing Workbench (See below) set up for the more popular microcontrollers
  • A large assortment of components available for your projects
  • Breadboards and breadboard wiring supplies
  • A soldering area with multiple soldering irons, de-soldering equipment, and smoke filters
  • A testing bench with
    • Power supplies
    • Volt meters
    • Oscilloscopes
    • Waveform generators

Microcontroller & Single Board Computing Workbench

Micro-Controller Lab

The Microcontroller & Single Board Computing Workbench is part of the electronics lab and provides a work-space to develop applications for some of the more popular microcontrollers like the Arduino, PIC, and ESP, and single board computers like the Raspberry Pi. A dedicated computer is provided with the development tools needed for each of the supported microcontrollers.

Have a project in mind but don't know which controller to choose? Check out Choosing a Board or Micro-controller.

Textiles

Textile Area

The textile area has several sewing machines, a layout/cutout table, pattern catalogs for patterns and ideas, a large assortment of material pieces that are available for general use, and an adjustable mannequin for fitting. Additional info for some of these can be found below.

Benchtop Metalworking and Robotics Assembly

The benchtop metalworking and robotics assembly area contains equipment for doing small metalworking projects and for assembling robotic projects. In this are you will find: