Innovation Lab machines allow the Notre Dame community to rapidly prototype and manufacture

Author: Caitlyn Ward

The Innovation Lab is home to some really cool machines, allowing students across Notre Dame’s campus to rapidly prototype and manufacture nearly anything. 

Stratasys F370

Stratasys F370 3D Printer

Matt Leevy, director of the Innovation Lab, considers this machine a “game changer.”

It has the following features:  

  • a 14" x 10" x 14" chamber
  • a heated build volume
  • printing in ASA, PLA, ABS, PC ABS (polycarb), TPU-92A (polyurethane), ABS-ESD7 (static-dissipated), Diran 410MF07 (nylon), and 1 dissolvable support material
  • the ability to print both rigid and flexible plastic materials 
  • reduced warping by keeping the materials at a similar temperature to their print temperature

This Stratasys F370 3D Printer has been used to print nose cones for the Notre Dame Rocketry Team, as well as many prototypes for startup and early stage companies operating out of Innovation Park and in the local South Bend community.

Connex3 Objet 350 3D Printer

This top-of-the-line machine makes parts of high complexity and superior finish quality. It will knock your socks off.

This 3D printer's main feature is its 3 print heads, which allows multiple materials or colors to be printed simultaneously. Not only does this save time, it means you can:

  • print an object with flexible and rigid plastics (like an anatomical model) complete with flexible cartilage and a solid bone structure
  • print a multicolored object
  • print a hard phone case, for example, with flexible plastics over the buttons and charging port
  • 14" x 14" x 14" build volume

The Connex3 Objet 350 3D Printer allows anyone to manufacture professional products using simple software. It has been used to print anesthesia manifolds that have been shipped to labs around the world, anatomical models, and housings for electronics.

Laser Cutter

Universal 150W Laser Cutter/Engraver 

This machine combines high power with fine resolution to create outstanding prototypes and absurdly incredible finished products. 

Excellent for small-batch manufacturing (18" x 32" cut area), the Universal 150W is simple to use and can cut or engrave the following materials:

  • wood (up to 1/2" thick)
  • metal (marking only)
  • acrylic (up to 1/2" thick)
  • cardboard 

The Universal 150W Laser Cutter/Engraver has been used to create a wide range of products from wooden coasters and board games to refrigerator prototypes and housings for electronics.

Innovation Lab staff are available for computer-aided design (CAD), graphic design and machinery help.