Make a box!

Making boxes is something that comes up in arts and sciences all the time.  Whether it’s crayfish plus mazes, mini-computer cases, or pin-hole cameras, boxes are super handy. 

There are tons of ways to make boxes and join them together and I know very little about almost all of them.  My boxes were clunky and uninteresting, albeit functional. 

Post-laser cutter, box making has become much more fun and satisfying.  A good part of that is just due to the laser cutter being such an amazing tool but a non-trivial amount is due to one website:

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Ultimaker 3 — looks like the one to get

I was approved via capital equipment request to purchase a 3D printer this year for the fab space.  I haven’t yet bought it because we’ve been using a Makerbot loaned to us for a year by one of our faculty.

It was great to get to use the Makerbot since I’d never done any 3D printing before.  I feel like I have a much better sense of our needs now and am more comfortable choosing the right printer for our applications.

This printer was just released earlier this week and looks like it is the one I’ll get.

New Ultimaker 3
New Ultimaker 3

Ultimaker 3

Ultimaker 3 Features video

Ultimaker has long been known as a reliable, consistent performer in the high-end consumer grade printer market.  Their new release appears to be targeted even more toward professional use.  It includes some cool new features (like dual extrusion) which, when paired with the reliability of their printers, makes it a great machine for school use.

It’s not the highest tech machine out there but it’s a good performer with a lot of usable features.  Unless something new appears in the next month or so we should have one here before the end of the term.

Here are some others I’d considered:

Zortrax Inventure

Formlabs Form2

3D Systems Cube Pro

Kudo3D Titan 2

Raise3D N2 Plus


Welcome to the Fab Lab!

Hi!  Welcome to the Fab Lab Fabs blog.  Here we’ll post project ideas, completed projects, and information about the yet-to-be-fully-established Reed College Fab Lab.  Right now the Fab Lab is more of a concept than an actual space but we do have a really nice laser cutter in the sub-basement of the Physics building (Physics P004) which serves as a temporary Fab Lab home base.

Currently the space is managed by myself (Jay Ewing, Physics Machine Shop Supervisor) and Eric Franklin (Art Technical Director).  Over time we’ll be adding more equipment, more materials, more availability, and just generally more fun.  Keep checking back for Fab Lab updates, cool projects, and interesting information and links.