A couple months ago I posted about Designing our 3D Printer Lab with SOLIDWORKS in our Syracuse office. Well, the project is done now so I thought I would give you a quick update on how it went!

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Here is the original SOLIDWORKS design we rendered of the lab. The initial floor plan had to include room to display a bunch of Stratasys 3D Printers including the Objet500 Connex3, Fortus 250mc, Fortus 400mc, uPrint SE, Objet30 Pro, and Connex260 machine.

Here are some pictures of the completed lab. We call this The CADimensions Fabrication Laboratory, or more affectionately, The CAD Fab Lab.

Introducing The CAD Fab Lab

We used SOLIDWORKS to design some signs to hang on the walls, which were then printed on our FDM printers. During the design process, we actually sold the Connex260 we planned on displaying, so we had to rethink the space a little.

We also plan to add a Connex3 soon which will let us print in multiple colors!

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Then Makerbot released the Z18 machine, which of course requires some real estate. But no problem, because we love getting more printers!

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We also fit a Fortus250 and uPrint SE next to each other, and placed the 5th Generation Makerbot on the desk beside them. This actually worked out well because we had network ports available for all three and with all the printers on our network, the team has access to each of them from their offices. Then we added some shelves to store the material cartridges for the printers.

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At the end of the day, we are extremely happy with how the CAD Fab Lab turned out!

We now have a great space to show off these amazing machines that we are privileged to use each and every day.

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Next time you’re in Syracuse, please stop by and check it out.


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