FabLab is FIT's professional digital fabrication lab that handles 3d printing, laser cutting, vinyl cutting and vacuum forming services for students, staff and faculty. It's currently equipped with two hand held 3d scanners, one Universal Laser System ILS 12.75 laser cutter, one Roland GS-24 vinyl cutter, one Mayku FormBox vacuum form machine and several 3d printers including three MakerBots, one FormLabs Form3, one Ultimaker 3, two Raise 3d Pro2 and one Stratasys F120. Class projects will need to be discussed by FabLab management before being accepted. All submitted work must be properly setup before job is started. Files that are not setup properly won't be corrected and will be returned to the customer for correction (which may change the turnaround time).
Vinyl Cutting Service
Vinyl cutting services include single color die cut stickers and inkjet printing onto clear and white vinyl with custom die cutting
Acceptable Files: Vector based Adobe Illustrator files. 21" maximum cutting width (1.5" margins)
Cost: Print and cut - $2.00/linear inch. Single color vinyl - $0.75/linear inch. Application tape - $0.25/linear inch
- In Illustrator, convert all fonts to outlines. Letters must have a minimum height of 1/2". Cutout shapes should be a minimum 1/16". Lines should be vector paths. The vinyl cutter uses these vectors as tool paths.
- Optional application tape (transfer tape) aids in aligning artwork when pressing into place for single color vinyl only.
- To print-and-cut, your cutting vectors and artwork should be on separate layers with a 1.5" uncuttable margin on both sides
- For more in depth vinyl cutting information, use our vinyl cutting guide (.pdf). Guide is a pdf and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. For additional tips, view our video quick guides, Illustrator- Image Trace, Vinyl Sticker Application Tape, Vinyl Cutting Vector File Setup and Illustrator - Outlining Fonts.
Single color vinyl. Fablab logo photo on left is an example of a blue single color vinyl cut
Application tape. For use with single color vinyl only. Use it after the sticker has been cut and weeded to transfer it to a substrate. Photo is an example of the process
Print and Cut. High quality inkjet print. Choice of clear or white vinyl (see staff for adhesion details). Photo on left are examples of print-and-cut stickers
3D Printing Services
3d printing services include full and self service 3d printing. Our 3d printer fleet include the Stratasys F120; Raise 3d Pro2;
Formlabs Form 3; Ultimaker 3; MakerBot Replicator+ (self service)
Acceptable Files: STL files
You're responsible for paying for both build and support material. All work must be setup according to our file prep guidelines so please download our 3d printing guide (.pdf) and view our 3d video guides. Pdf guide requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. We will not correct any files that are setup incorrectly. They will be returned for correction which could delay your turnaround time.
Netfabb is a free STL viewer which can open your 3d files and diagnose inverted normals/faces and bad edges. Please see our Netfabb video tutorials for cleaning and repairing guidance. Netfabb is free and available for download.
Support Material: All 3d printers generate support material differently, and all support material types
have different post-processing and finishing requirements. The Raise 3d and Stratasys F120 have dissolvable support material but the Form, Ultimaker and MakerBot printers do not so customers must clip or sand away their support structures manually.
Measurements in NetFabb: In the bottom right panel of the Netfabb window, you will see basic dimension information about your part, including size and volume, which can be used to estimate your cost (not including support material). For a more detailed guide on how to use Netfabb to measure and resize your models, please view our video guides.
Garment design - Jennifer Lee (Assistant Professor, FBM). Tennis model - Jasmine Matos (FIT Athletics tennis player, FBM). Photographer - Anthony Nguyen (FBM student)
Full Service 3D Printing
*Self Service 3D Services
Fall 2020 - Winterim 2021: *Makerbot printing changed to full service
The FabLab has three MakerBot Replicator+ 3d printers and is a hobbyist-level 3d printer that prints inexpensive models out of PLA plastic filament (a corn based bio-plastic) using Fused-Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology. With proper preparation, they can produce good results for basic models, but are limited by their low detail level and support material that can be time-consuming to remove. Build size: 11.6" L X 7.6" W X 6.5" H. Price: $0.35/g. $5.00 minimum charge
3D Hand Held Scanning
Fall 2020 - Winterim 2021: Service suspended
Structure Sensor 3D Scanner: Attached to an iPad. Move around the object to scan it.
Haptic Touch 3D Scanner: Large object scanning. Hold in your hand and move around the object to scan it.
Both scanners are free of charge and may be borrowed and used inside PrintFX only.
Vacuum Forming Service
Highlights of the vacuum forming machine: Food safe transparent sheets; great for product packaging,
prototyping, mold making, blister pack and more.
Can be used with concrete, jesmonite, plaster, chocolate, wax, soap, resin and more
Choice of either transparent 0.5mm sheets made from food safe, recyclable PETg or white sheets made of Polystyrene which can be painted and are good for blister and product packaging and prototyping. The surface finish achieved is almost identical to that of the original object. Use in conjunction with a 3d printer and create molds of your 3d printed designs. Maximum width and length for mold making: 5.9"x5.9". No vacuum forming objects taller than the object's width.
Price: $3.00 per mold sheet, clear or white
Guidelines: For more in depth vacuum forming information, please download the vacuum forming guide (.pdf) and view our video guide, Vacuum Forming: Making Molds & Shapes Quick Guide. Guide is a pdf and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Laser Cutting Service
Service includes laser vector cutting, vector engraving, raster engraving
The FabLab is equipped with a Universal Systems ILS 12.75 Laser Cutter which has a material processing platform of 48” x 24” x 12”
Accepted file types: Illustrator files for Vector Cutting, Vector Engraving, Raster Engraving. Photoshop jpeg files for raster engraving. View Illustrator - Vector File Setup video quick guide.
Accepted materials: Please download our laser cutting acceptable materials & supplier guide (.pdf) for local suppliers and online vendors. We reserve the right to refuse material if we deem it to be unsafe or inappropriate. Guide is a pdf and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- 1/4" thick material: Acrylic (only with brown paper backing); Softwoods (Ex: poplar, pine, balsa, cherry, walnut, soft maple, etc.); Paper Based Materials (Ex: cardboard, bristol board, museum board , chipboard, etc.); MDF and CDF; Natural Fabrics
- 1/8" thick material: Leather; Hardwoods (Ex: ash, birch, hickory, elm, oak, hard maple, etc); Cork; Rubber; Faux Leathers (Faux Leathers have to be approved by a Tech)
Pricing: Initial setup fees : Standard job $7.00 setup charge/material. Complex job $10.00 setup charge/material. After this initial setup fee (per material), the price for use of the laser (for Vector Cutting, Vector Engraving, and Raster Engraving) is $0.85 per minute.
Guidelines: For more in depth laser cutting information, please download our laser cutting guide (pdf). Guide is a pdf and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. For additional file setup tips, view Illustrator - Vector File Setup, Illustrator - Pattern Creation and Illustrator - Outlining Fonts video quick guides.
Laser Cutting Examples
Melanie Reim, Acting Associate Dean of the School of Art & Design. Wood laser cut submission for The Art & Design Gallery exhibit, "Conversations: Artwork In Dialogue" March through April 2020. The dialog between the two female 'sand puppets' reads: "And I like, said, it's not what I need, and he said, "I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know".
April 2015 Pomerantz Center
Interior Design Department, Studio V --- Residential.
Challenged to prototype a laser cut element for their residential project, students developed designs that were fabricated here at the FabLab.
Professors: Joseph Lembo, Takashi Kamiya and Johannes Knoops
T. Jacob Hooker, Accessories Design graduate
Laser cut leather accessory for the BFA graduating student show
Hojun Lee, Fashion Design graduate. Laser cut dress