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Shapehand +
Roland Picza 3D Laser Scanner



Shapehand +

Also called a 'dataglove', this piece of equipment was designed for use in the film and animation industry.

The Shapehand + is based on the technology of motion capture and records the movement of the arm, hand and fingers of the wearer using fibre optics: the change in current created as the fibres bend enables movement to be measured.

The Shapehand + was launched by its Canadian manufacturer, Measurand in July 2005.




{:) Tavs Jorgensen
has used this means of physical gesture based input as a starting point for generating new 3D forms in his Autonomatic project.


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Roland Picza 3D Laser Scanner

This small scale scanner allows you to produce CAD data from real 3D objects.

Maximum size of scan chamber: 400mm high and 230mm diameter.
File format produced: STL

Scan data can be sent directly to a rapid prototyping machine which can recreate the object scanned.or the STL file can be manipulated or edited using 3D CAD software.




For his Autonomatic project, Lost and Forgotten Objects, |:> Dave Emblin scanned the broken end of a fork handle in order to produce an RP model from which a mould could be made to cast a final metal part- a dibber for sowing seed.


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Extended technical specification sheets and further information concerning the hiring
of this equipment, contact our research production coordinator ;| Adam Stringer on 01326 370743 or Adam.Stringer@falmouth.ac.uk                        
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3D Digital Production Kit
Z Corp 3D Printer

Bridgeport 3/4/5 Axis Milling Machine VMC1000
Roland Milling Station MDX500

2D Digital Production Kit
Laser Cutter
Roland Camm1 Plotter Cutter
Ceramic Digital Printer


Z Corp 3D Printer

This rapid prototyping technology produces complex 3D objects from 3D CAD data. It uses either a plaster or a starch based powder which is spread evenly across the bed of the machine in thin layers, areas of this are then hardened by a solution deposited by inkjet heads. This process is repeated to produce a three dimensional object through the continuous build up of two dimensional layers, enabling the production of complex 3D forms with internal and external structures.

Maximum size of object: 200x250x200mm.
Compatible file formats: STL

This type of RP production method is particularly useful for creating economically viable complex visualisation models from 3D CAD data and can be used to develop models for ceramic and metal casting processes. A range of powder based materials can be used, including plaster and starch.



:P Katie has used the RP machine to produce models for slip cast double skinned thermal beakers, as seen above.

Forms within forms can be produced using this process as is shown by this series of geodesic spheres.





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Bridgeport 3/4/5 Axis Milling Machine VMC1000

This large scale industrial milling machine is capable of machining three dimensional forms and surfaces. Using the 4th and 5th axis attachments it is capable of producing highly complex shapes with multiple undercuts and internal surfaces. It can machine sheets, blocks and bars of most materials including hardened steels to produce highly accurate models with quality surface finishes. The machine also incorporates a touch probe that allows 3D data to be gathered from an existing object, enabling reverse engineering.

Maximum cutting zone:
x= 1000: y= 600mm: z= 450 dependent on the length of the tool
Compatible file formats: A variety of file formats (Adobe Illustrator, IGES, STL) can be imported into the Mayka software which we use to produce toolpaths for cutting.

:> Drummond exploits the capabilities of the 4th axis and the characteristics of toolpaths generated by 3D CAD cutting software in creating patterned metal surfaces on 3D vessel forms.



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Roland Milling Station MDX500

This medium scale milling machine can cut 2 and 2.5D objects from digital data in a range of medium and low density materials such as hardboards, plywood, resin boards and Styrofoam. Some soft sheet metals can also be engraved and cut.

Maximum cutting zone: 500x330mm
Compatible file formats: STL DXF

It is particularly useful for cutting materials which do not require lubricants or coolants. Working through the Mayka software it allows accurate and straight forward milling of digitally modelled forms or 2.5D relief surfaces developed from greyscale images.

:P Justin and Katie have exploited the mark making capabilities of various milling tools to create complex patterns for low relief ceramic tiles.
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:) Justin has used this machine to cut 2D metal profiles used for 'running' plaster.
more !
:>Drummond has milled complex 3D landscape models created in Form Z.

{:) Tavs has made 3D forms from the splines captured by the data glove.
more !



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2D Digital Production Kit

Laser Cutter

The laser cutter enables cutting or engraving of 2D sheet material from CAD data. A wide range of materials can be cut to a variety of depths, depending on the material's qualities. including, paper, fabric, card, thin ply, acrylic sheet.

Maximum cutting zone: 990x730mm
Most commonly used file formats: Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw.
This is a relatively simple piece of equipment to use and facilitates quick and accurate production of highly complex 2D design work.

:P Katie has used the cutting and scoring capabilities of this equipment to produce these cardboard vans from flat sheets of printed card.

:P Katie Bunnell has used this equipment to cut a pattern into acrylic sheet which, through a series of moulding processes, was wrapped onto a ceramic beaker to produce a high relief decorative surface. The same bunny has been used to cut Kerafol ceramic sheet.

:> Drummond has used this equipment to cut layers of ply used to construct terrain models of Scottish landscapes.




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Roland Camm1 Plotter Cutter

This enables cutting, plotting or scoring of designs on to thin sheet material, such as paper and sticky backed vinyl. Developed for the sign writing industry this technology can quickly and accurately cut text or images from graphics files produced in programs such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw.

The Roland Camm1 is a roll feed machine and can cut material up to 600mm wide and many metres in length.



:P Katie has used this machine to cut vinyl masks which are used to protect elements of ceramic whiteware in a sand blaster. This process allows her to accurately translate a complex repeating pattern developed in Adobe Illustrator onto the surface of a china plate. The same process has also been used on mirrored glass to produce a range of optical effects on the table lamp below.





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Ceramic Digital Printer

This piece of equipment produces ceramic transfers up to A3 in size. Designs can either be developed digitally using Photoshop, Illustrator or Corel draw, or copied directly from an existing image.

This process goes some of the way to replace the process of silk screen printing traditionally used for producing ceramic transfers. It is really useful for prototyping a range of ceramic designs and an economically viable alternative for producing one off and short runs of ceramic patterns.

:P Katie Bunnell has used this process to produce a range of decorative surface patterns for ceramic tableware.



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