The Technology Engagement Center is in the first floor of the Telcom Building on West Campus. Completely renovated in the summer of 2016 to house the Co-Lab as well as a variety of other IT services.
The Innovation Studio will be staffed by student employees for the hours shown above, however the Technology Engagement Center, including the main Studio, will be accessible by DukeCard after hours as well. The Garage, our special area for higher-end and supervision-required tools, will only be available during staffed hours.
The philosophy behind the Innovation Studio is to have a one-stop shop for anyone, regardless of skill and experience, to come in and be able to make a product through an iterative design process known as Digital Modeling and Fabrication. The studio has all the equipment that you need to conceive of, design, and prototype all kinds of products and designs.
We currently have over 60 3d printers at the Studio, which can print in a variety of materials, sizes, and resolutions:
Our 3D printers are connected to and managed by a cloud system called 3DprinterOS - www.3dprinteros.com. This open platformed is licensed by OIT for all of Duke. Any member of the Duke community can use this software to manage their print jobs, even remote printing is possible. Stop into the lab to get an access code and a quick run down about how to use the system.
To get started with 3d printing at Duke, we have a full online course available at Duke Extend. The course will get you up and running on our 3DPrinterOS system. Check it out at Duke Extend.
All of our CNC machines require staff supervision. If you'd like to use these tools, please visit during our staffed hours listed above.
The Shopbot Desktop is a CNC (Computer Numeric Control) Router. Using software, we can create toolpaths of specific 2d (or 2.5d) designs that can be run on the machine to cut materials such as wood, plastics, and even aluminum. Our Shopbot is a desktop model, meaning it has 3 axes of movement (x, y, z) and can accept sheet material at sizes up to 24" x 18". The Shopbot cannot be used unless a full-time (non-student) staff member is present and providing oversight.
The Carvey is an entry level CNC machine for doing small work or just getting started in this field. It's simple to use and fast to get started on smaller projects.
The Tormach is our industrial strength CNC machine, specifically designed for high-end machining in strong materials like metals.
All of our laser cutters require staff supervision. If you'd like to use these tools, please visit during our staffed hours listed above.
We have two laser cutters, an Epilog Zing, desktop-style 30 watt CO2 laser cutter, and a larger Fusion M2 60w standalone machine. It can operate in two different modes: raster and vector. Raster mode is for engraving into the surface of materials. You can take photographs/images/text/etc and use the software to engrave into a variety of materials, including wood, some plastics, some metals, and acrylic. Vector mode is for cutting custom shapes through thin materials by using a slow moving, high powered laser.
We have a variety of electronics for use in the Studio, including a few Arduinos, Raspberry Pi's, and an assortment of sensors and accessories. We also have wires, resistors, and a breadboard or two for setting up quick circuitry. Soldering equipment, power supplies, oscilloscopes, multimeters, and a few other items are also available for use.
We have three 27" iMac Retina 5k workstations for doing advanced 3d modeling and rendering. These machines feature maxed out specs for quick work of details operations.