Here you can find out about some of the equipment in the makerspace.
To help you with your projects, we've listed the -
- software used
- common file types
- any useful additional information
Laser Cutter / Engraver
|Model||HPC Laserscript LS6840|
.ecp (Open) / .ai .dxf (Import)
Bed size - 640mm x 480mm
Our LS6840 allows us to engrave or cut a range of materials including acrylic, wood, card and more.
Using the LaserCut software you can engrave and cut the same job, to save time and money on your builds.
We have a range of settings already worked out and on display by the machine, but if you have settings you want to share, then please let us know.
You can import files easily from Inkscape or Illustrator.
|Software||Slic3r / Fusion360 / TinkerCAD|
Print bed size - [[200mm x 200mm x 200mm]]
Our 3D printers have been custom built for the makerspace to simplify the process as much as posible. Allowing users to simply upload their .stl from slic3r and print. Our slic3r profile has been set up for best overall results, but can be altered to match the needs of each print.
Slic3r / Fusion360 / TinkerCAD
Print bed size - [[300mm x 300mm x 400mm]]
Our newest and largest printer, the CR-10 v3 is a workhorse. With its giant spools for long print runs and large volume allowing for everything from helmets, wearables, props and even industrial prototypes.
Digital Embroidery Machine
|Model||Bernina B570 QE|
|Software||Bernina Embroidery Software 8, CorelDRAW SE|
.emb .art .jan .pes (Native) / .ai .dxf .cdr .eps .svg (Via CorelDRAW)
The B 570 QE is a genuine all-rounder that can sew and quilt. Additionally, our B 570 QE includes the optional embroidery module. The touchscreen makes changing from sewing to the embroidery mode a breeze.
There are 50 embroidery designs to choose from, and you can upload your own embroidery designs via a USB connection. The designs can be edited right on the touchscreen. With up to 642 utility and decorative stitches, including an automatic buttonhole.
The BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) is designed to help you master free-motion techniques by keeping stitches consistent at variable sewing speeds.
|Additional information||Our CNC is here to cut what the laser cutter can't. Custom built for the space it can be used for woods, metals and plastics. We have various sizes of endmill for cutting and engraving to get you started.|
Wide Format Printer
|File types||Any (We’ve found that .pdf works best to keep page size/ratio)|
Our wide format printer is capable of printing up to A1 quickly and easily, with the capability to print 610mm wide prints in lengths to suit you.
We have a range of paper qualities and finishes that can be changed to suit your requirements.
You can print any image through the Windows print manager but for documents - PDF files work best to keep your aspect ratio.
|Model||Graphtec CE6000-60 Plus|
|Software||Graphtec Pro Studio|
|File types||.ai .eps .dwg .fs .cdr .svg|
This large digital cutting plotter is capable of cutting coloured vinyl into window signage or smaller individual stickers. Multiple cutting jobs will be required to create designs with more multiple colours.
We have a wide range of colours and backing tape available.
|Software||Sure Cuts a Lot 4|
|File types||.scut .scut2 .scut3 .scut4 .scut5 (Open) / .svg .ai .eps (Import)|
Designed for smaller (up to A3) craft projects, this digital cutter will score and cut paper, card and thin metals allowing people to create all kinds of projects, from light boxes to birthday cards.
It can also be used to create masks for screen printing.
Dye Sublimation Printer
|Sawgrass Creative Studio Online|
|File types||Imports most image files|
Printing with dyes onto specialist paper this printer allows you to print photographs and designs that can be transferred onto other items with the heat press.
Based on the absorbing properties of polyester you can create t-shirts, mouse pads, coasters, mugs and more.