Making Something From NothingNeed something with a complex shape that you can’t buy? Design it on SolidWorks and print it out on the lab’s latest-generation 3-D printer. If you can dream it, you can make it. Larger jobs can be done through a local supplier.
Complete with a Wacom Pro artist’s input tablet, the full Adobe Creative Suite gives LaunchPad Science Maker Lab students access to the all the tools necessary to create professional-looking videos, websites, apps, animation and art.
Electronics and CircuitsThe LaunchPad Science Maker Lab has equipment and supplies for creating electrical and electronic circuits, as well as access to guidance from the Physics and Computer Science department when things get more complex.
In addition to basic workshop tools, the LaunchPad Science Maker Lab boasts a growing range of specialized equipment in the lab, including:
- A 14" x 22" effective table-sized vacuum-forming machine designed, assembled and commissioned in the Laurier LaunchPad Science Maker Lab.
- A three-dimensional (3D) printer.
- A laser cutter.
These capabilities mean that you can make a 3D object by building it from “nothing,” by carving it from a larger block, or by cutting sheet wood and assembling it into a 3D structure (great for making frames).
To develop and create ideas, and produce promotional materials for your products, the lab is equipped with a state-of-the-art computer, loaded with the entire Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite and Dassault SolidWorks for 3D computer-aided design (CAD). Peripherals include a colour printer/scanner/fax and a Wacom Intuos Pro artist’s input tablet. You can do everything from making promotional videos and slideshows to animating to simulating the flow in an injection-molded part with this powerful set of programs.
So… what can you create in the Laurier LaunchPad Science Maker Lab? Anything you can touch, feel, hear, or see!
The LaunchPad Science Maker Lab has a variety of tools to allow for the following kinds of in-house activities:
- Creating wooden or foam parts and plugs for prototypes.
- Cold casting parts.
- Mould-making and fiberglass/Kevlar/carbon fiber layup.
- Vacuum forming housings, mould cavities, 3D signage.
- 3D printing prototype parts or assemblies.
- Laser cutting/etching.
- Assembling and electrical components/circuits.
- Creating electronic circuits.
- Measuring temperatures (surface and air).
- Accurately measuring component dimensions.
- Assembling functional prototypes by integrating handmade specialized parts with off-the shelf components.
Access to More Physical Resources
Faculty of Science Resources
Science Entrepreneurship goes beyond the LaunchPad Science Maker Lab physical space. If you need more specialized equipment available in other Faculty of Science labs, such as a mass spectrometer, fume hood or glassware stirrer, we can arrange access to those resources for you, ensure you meet all the lab safety requirements such as training, and arrange for any necessary mentorship in the relevant discipline. This access will be on an as-needed, as-available basis.
When the job is too big, too dirty or too risky to be done in the lab, our experienced lab staff and mentors can help guide you through the process of developing specifications and tendering this work. We can help you find and contract component suppliers, machine shops, foundries, tool and die companies, contract injection moldering companies, packaging companies and shipping companies.
The LaunchPad Science Maker Lab is equipped with a powerful, state-of-the-art computer that has the software and hardware needed to turn your imagination into reality. The computer is available to the lab clients for the research and design of their products, as well as for producing professional-quality presentations, videos, animated shorts, flyers/posters, renderings or any other support materials needed to speed you along the way to business success. Each individual or lab group gets their own profile on the computer with a private log-in. You also have access to the following:
Adobe Creative Suite (Full Version)
Adobe Creative Suite is a virtual playground for your artistic work:
- Creating animated characters and drawings – Intuos Pro input tablet makes this even easier.
- Modifying and adding special effects to still photos.
- Editing video and creating movies.
- Adding special effects to video.
- Creating animated movies (including video-puppeteering and “tweening” – where frames between set points are drawn by the software).
- Editing single or multi-track audio files (including auto pitch correction).
- Creating responsive websites that automatically adjust to different platform types.
Dassault SolidWorks (Full Educational Version)
Many add-in features for simulation and testing:
- Design and draw electrical, mechanical or fluid system parts and assemblies in 3D.
- Create virtual models that can be used to operate CNC machines or 3D printers.
- Simulate fluid flows, load/stress distributions and movement.
- Create photo-realistic renderings of your drawings for virtual prototyping and virtual product focus group testing.
Microsoft Office Professional
- Includes Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook and One Note.
- Create documents, presentations, communications, data handling, spreadsheets, project management templates (built in Excel), financial management templates (built in Excel).
High-speed LAN access to Internet
- Business, market and technical research.
- Material/component sourcing.
- How-to videos (for using software and certain lab tools/techniques).