The ARIC facility will include a Makerspace used for innovation, collaboration, and education. Here, aspiring inventors, artists, tinkerers, and tech enthusiasts can work together to turn their ideas into realities. Our Makerspace will be equipped with cutting-edge tools including 3D printers, an Epson Plotter, and CNC routers to encourage modern technology and hands-on craftsmanship. Whether you’re a novice looking to explore new horizons or a seasoned creator seeking to refine your skills, our Makerspace offers a nurturing environment where learning, experimenting, and sharing knowledge are at the forefront. Join us in this vibrant community, where innovation flourishes, and the possibilities are limited only by the bounds of your own imagination.
3D printers use computer-aided design (CAD) software to create 2D and 3D images using vector-based graphics, before printing those graphics in materials like resin and plastic. These printers are used to create prototypes, learning tools, and even build houses. The possibilities are endless, making 3D printers a game-changer for anyone.
Plotter printers are unique because of their ability to print vector graphics compared to rasterized (pixelated) graphics. They interpret computer commands to make point-to-point drawings on paper with automated pens. They print high-resolution images in color, and can print on different materials like vinyl, plastic, aluminum, fabric, plywood, etc. While they can print any vector graphic, they are particularly useful for generating blueprints, graphs, technical drawings and architectural drawings, and can do so with clarity and precision.
A Computer Numerical Control router, or CNC router, carves complex shapes into different materials using CAD-CAM software. After creating a design using computer-aided design (CAD) software, data is passed to the CNC router through a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) system. 2D designs can be carved into materials like plywood, foam, and cardboard to make signs, plaques, cutting boards, shelves, furniture, and anything else you can imagine.