Help / RapidPrototyping
If you're interested in doing Rapid Prototyping for a project, here are the steps you should take:
- Download and read the pdf of the Rapid Prototyping Service Guide
and/or the Rapid Prototyping ServiceMaya VRML Output
Nancy also has printed copies of these guides.
- Prepare a print-ready .zbd ZBuild file as explained in the guide.
- Talk to Nancy Lewis about your project, she will then approve your request and give you a coupon good for one hour of operation time. She may not approve your request if the project is not for school or if there are too many other people in the queue that week.
For group projects, you need to agree on one person in the group to be the laser coordinator. This person will handle the coupon, material and plan file drop-off. Any or all group members are more than welcome to accompany the coordinator, but there needs to be one specific person for the Laser Staff to coordinate with.
- Send an e-mail to email@example.com asking for an appointment to go over your request, include times when your are available during Laser Cutting Office hours.
- At the time of your appointment, go to the Multimedia Lab, 35 West 4th Street, 2nd floor, during office hours for laser cutting requests. Ask for the Advanced Media Studio.
|Office Hours For Fall 2006|
|Monday||10 am - 6 pm|
|Tuesday||10 am - 4 pm|
|Wednesday||10 am - 3 pm|
|Thursday||10 am - 7 pm|
|Friday||12 pm - 6 pm|
- Bring the following:
- A CD with your files on it (no thumb or firewire drives, FTP or e-mail attachments!) Label your CD with your name and phone or e-mail.
- A spare CD in case you have to make changes. There are machines in the lab that you can work on and burn CDs.
- The coupon Nancy gave you
- All of your materials you need for your project, with an extra sheet for testing/contingency. Label your material with your name/e-mail.
The Laser Staff will look at your files, and give you an estimate of how long it will take to cut your project. You may be asked to come back later to approve a test cut, and to bring additional coupons with you, depending on how large your project is. It's in your interests to plan for test cuts, because if you aren't happy with your final product, you will need to get more coupons to cut it all again and your project will go back to the end of the queue.
- Jobs over an hour will need additioanl approval from Nancy, which will be handled through e-mail and will depend on the remaining number of alloted hours remaining for ITP.
- When you receive an e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org, you can come in and pick up your finished project. Currently, it takes 3 working days from first meeting to final pick-up.