Machines

The Epilog laser is a laser cutting and engraving machine. It uses materials such as wood, Acrylic (Plexiglas) or cardboard. It also has a very powerful raster mode for engraving and etching designs. Any vector design in a PDF file format can be cut out by the machine, as well as photographic or bitmap images with varied results.

Process: Subtractive (burns material with focused laser beam)

Materials: Wood, Acrylic, Fabrics, Cardboard, Paper, Glass (engrave only), Anodised Metals (engrave only)

Max Workpiece Size: 600 x 300 x 152 mm

Proprietary Software: Epilog Laser Dashboard

Recommended Design Software: Inkscape

Price: £15.00 first hour, £10 p/hour thereafter

The GX-24 cuts vinyl sheeting commonly used in the sign making industry. Applications include vehicle graphics, signs, decals, labels, stencils, pin striping, paint protection film and logos, amongst others. It's a very simple machine to use with lots of uses, including t-shirt making!

Process: Subtractive (cuts material with blade)

Materials: Sign Vinyl, T-Shirt Vinyl (heat transfer)

Max Workpiece Size: 610 x 1600 mm

Proprietary Software: Roland CutStudio

Recommended Software: Inkscape

Price: £15 first hour, £5 p/hour thereafter 

The Ultimaker Original desktop 3D printer is endlessly configurable, there are upgrades available and is being constantly developed by tight collaboration between Ultimaker and the community.

Process: Additive - Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM)

Materials: PLA, ABS

Max Workpiece Size: 210 x 210 x 205 mm

Print Speed: 30 - 300 mm/s

Resolution: Up to 20 microns (0.02 mm)

Proprietary Software: Cura (free download)

Recommended Software: SketchUpBlenderRhino

Price: £15 first hour, £5 p/hour thereafter

The Ultimaker 2 desktop 3D printer has been developed based on the knowledge and experience Ultimaker has gained from the first generation. Every part has been redesigned to create one of the highest performing 3D printer available on the market, but also a very reliable one. It has been specially designed for both non-experts and experts.

Process: Additive - Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM)

Materials: PLA, ABS

Max Workpiece Size: 230 x 225 x 205 mm

Print Speed: 30 - 300 mm/s

Resolution: Up to 20 microns (0.02 mm)

Proprietary Software: Cura (free download)

Recommended Software: SketchUpBlenderRhino

Price: £15 first hour, £5 p/hour thereafter

Engineered for optimum efficiency and productivity, this next-generation desktop mill boasts a feed rate that is two times faster than previous MDX-15/20 models. A new independent collet system allows for faster setting of the Z-axis base point. The VPanel computer interface provides control over X,Y, Z axes as well as feed rate and spindle speed.

Process: Subtractive (mills material with a rotary tool)

Materials: High Density Modelling Foam, Wood, Plastic, PCB Material

Max Workpiece Size: 200 x 150 x 50 mm

Proprietary Software: Modela iCreator, Modela Player 4, VPanel

Recommended Software: SketchUpBlenderRhinoInkscape

Price: £15.00 first hour, £10 p/hour thereafter

ShopBot PRSalpha tools are ShopBot's toughest, most sophisticated, gantry-based CNC routers. Using advanced technology for CNC cutting, drilling, carving and machining, the PRSalpha series tools deliver rapid transit speeds of 1800 inches per minute and cutting speeds of up to 600 inches per minute. The PRSalpha CNC delivers full-production performance in digital fabrication of wood, plastic and other materials.

Process: Subtractive (mills material with a rotary tool)

Materials: Wood, Plastic, Foam

Max Workpiece Size: 2440 x 1220 x 150 mm

Proprietary Software: V-Carve Pro, Partworks 3D, ShopBot 3 Control

Recommended Software: InkscapeSketchUpBlenderRhino

Price: £25 p/hour (once trained and shadowed)