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Lichtenberger Engineering Library

Creative Space

Overview

The Lichtenberger Engineering Library in collaboration with the College of Engineering is working to create a maker/creative space for students. This space is for students to imagine, tinker, design, and create.  Have a project that you want to make into reality? Learn about our Creative Kick-Starts!

Set up a tour of the space by contacting Kari Kozak!    

 

3D Scanning

Equipment

Quick Start:

The Creative Space features 4 different types of 3D Scanners.  Each of these scanners are slightly different in the ranges in which they are able to scan.

Scan Ranges:

  • Matter & Form: Up to 9.8”
  • Sense 3D: 8” – 72”
  • Structure Sensor for iPad: starting at 15”
  • Xbox Kinect: starting at 48”

Location:

Matter & Form Scanner is located Northwest Corner of the Creative Space within the Lichtenberger Engineering Library (2001C SC)

All other scanning equipment may be checked out for one week from the Tool Library at the Circulation Desk.

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Virtual Reality Station

Equipment:

Quick Start:

This 4400 Dell Computer with high powered video card will allow you to do endless amounts of virtual reality creation and display.  To enhance your experience, the library has Oculus Rift (virtual reality headsets with precise tracking and integrated headphones to provide a full 3D effect) and leap motion controllers (which sense your hands moving naturally in 3D).

For creation of virtual reality situations, there are 2 different types of 3D cameras available for checkout. The 360Fly 4K captures immersive video with a 360-degree horizontal and 240-degree vertical field of view at 4K (2,880 by 2,880 pixels).  The RICOH Theta is a 3D camera that allows you to capture the entire 360ᵒ space with a single shot and use a PC or your smartphone to edit and view.

Location:

The virtual reality station is located in the Southeast corner of the Creative Space within the Lichtenberger Engineering Library (2001C SC).

The Oculus Rift may be checked out of the Tool Library for a 2-hour period.  It may only be used in the Library.  Please visit the Service Desk to make a reservation and to check it out.

The Leap Motion Controllers, 360fly 4K, and RICOH Theta may be checked out for one week from the Tool Library at the Service Desk.

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Collaboration Tables

Equipment:

4-person collaboration table (2)

Includes:

  • 43 inch (4K) Quad monitor
  • Stationary computer
  • Laptop jacks

Quick Start:

The creative space comes complete with two collaboration tables where groups of up to 4 can work together on projects.  The 43 inch Dell Quad Monitor allows for the monitor to be split from a single screen to 4 independent screens.   When shown on a single screen, the displays are borderless, but you can plug-in up to 3 additional laptops/computer to split the screen or swap any of the computers/laptops to full-screen mode. The entire monitor has a max resolution of 3840 x 2160 at 60Hz, a response time of 8ms, two 8-watt speakers and a USB 3.0 hub with four ports.

Location:

The two tables are located along the north wall in the Creative Space within the Lichtenberger Engineering Library (2001C SC).

Adapters and chargers to connect your laptop to the monitors are available for check out at the circulation desk.

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Modeling Stations

Equipment:

Quick Start:

The modeling stations are equipped with the following software: Pro-E (CREO), Rhino, AutoCad, ArcGIS, Unity 3D, TinkerCAD, Inventor, 3DS Max, Slicer, Maya, & Blender. The software allows you to create 3D models or virtual reality.

The library also offers drawing tablets and Leap Motion controllers through the Tool Library.

Location:

These computers are located along the east wall of the Creative Space within the Lichtenberger Engineering Library (2001C SC).

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Creative Boxes

Equipment:

Quick Start:

These creative boxes allow users to check out what interests them and everything they need is there for them to begin.

Makey Makey: Using MaKey MaKey you can make anything into a key (get it?) just by connecting a few alligator clips. It tricks your computer into thinking that almost anything is a keyboard. This allows you to hook up all kinds of fun things as an input. For example, play Mario with a Play-Doh keyboard, or piano with fruit!

SparkFun Inventor’s Kit: The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit (SIK) is a great way to get started with programming and hardware interaction with the Arduino programming language. The SIK includes everything you need to complete 16 circuits that will teach you how to read sensors, display information on an LCD, drive motors, and more. You don’t need any previous programming or electronics experience to use this kit. (Does not require any soldering.)

Raspberry Pi Starter Kit: The Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit is a great way to gain a solid introduction to the small, credit-card sized computer. With this kit, you will be able to get your Raspberry Pi 3 connected through our SparkFun Pi Wedge to a breadboard, by utilizing the Pi’s 40-pin GPIO, control pushbuttons, LEDs, and a host of user created circuits.

LittleBits: The littleBits Gizmos and Gadgets Kit is the ultimate invention toolkit that contains everything you need to design and create large, powerful projects just by snapping a few magnets together. With this kit you will be able to easily make a multitude of projects including a remote controlled racecar, an automatic bubble blower, or even a wireless doorbell!

RedBot: The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit for RedBot is a great way to get started with two motor robotics and sensor integration using the Arduino programming language. The SIK for RedBot includes everything you need to complete nine circuits that will teach you how to drive your RedBot, have it follow lines, control it remotely, and more. This kit doesn’t require previous programming or electronics experience but it is recommended that you possess an understanding of or desire to learn about robotics.

Lilly Pad: The LilyPad Design Kit (LDK) is a great way to get started with e-textiles. The LDK includes everything you need to complete 6 simple experiments that will teach you how to sew basic circuits, light LEDs, create interactive designs, and more. You don’t need any previous sewing or electronics experience to use this kit. If you’ve ever been curious about getting into e-textiles but have never known where to start, this is where you can begin!

Location:

Creative boxes are located in the Tool Library which is located behind the Circulation Desk in the Lichtenberger Engineering Library and are available to check out for a one-week period.

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Tool Library

New Equipment:

Quick Start:

The Tool Library has a wide variety of tools from hand tools to measuring tools and everything in between!

Technology Tools: Oculus Rift (2 hrs), Leap Motion Controllers, RICOH Theta Camera, 360Fly 4K Camera, Canon Powershot Camera, Sense 3D Scanner, Structor Sensor for iPad Scanner, Xbox Kinect, Leap Motion Controllers, Acoustic Microphone, Eyeball Webcam, Wacom Drawing Tablets, Moverio BT-300, Adapters & Chargers

Hand Tools: Adjustable Wrench, Claw Hammer, Computer Toolkit, Diagonal Pliers, Hex Key Sets (Metric & SAE), Mini Plier Set, Mini Screwdriver Set, Mini Torx Screwdriver Set , Pliers Sets, Screwdriver Set, Security Bits Collector Set, Socket Set, Video Game Screwdriver Set, Wire Cutter/Stripper, Wrench Set

Measuring Tools: Caliper, Digital Scale, Environmental Meter, Infrared Thermometer, Laser Distance Measurer, Level & Magnetic Angle Locator, Light Meter, Micrometer, Multimeter (Volt Meter), Pocket Grain Weight Scale, Power Monitor, Sound Level Meter, Tachometer, Tape Measure, Triple Beam Balance, Tubular Spring Scales, Wireless Temperature Probe

LabQuest Equipment: LabQuest Data Collector, 3-Axis Accelerometer, CO2 Sensor, Dual-Range Force Sensor, EKG Sensor, Electrode Amplifier, Force Plate, Go!Motion, Goniometer, Instrumentation Amplifier, Low-g Accelerometer, Magnetic Field Sensor, Microphone, pH Sensor, Power Amplifier, Rotary Motion Sensor, Sound Level Meter, Stainless Steel Temperature Probe, Surface Temperature Probe, Thermocouple, Watts Up Pro, Wireless Dynamics Senor System

Creative Boxes: MaKey MaKey Kit, Raspberry Pi 2 with Vernier Interface Shield, LittleBits, Inventor’s Kit, Wearable Tech, RedBot Inventor’s Kit

Location:

The Tool Library is located behind the Circulation Desk within the Lichtenberger Engineering Library (2001C SC).
Tool Library website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/eng/tool-library/

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3D Printing

Equipment:

  • MakerBot  3D Printer
  • Fortus 250mc 3D printer
  • Fortus 400 3D printer
  • Objet 260

Quick Start:

The Engineering Electronic Shop (EES) offers 3D printing on the Makerbot printers for $0.20/gram for all university faculty, staff and student.

MakerBot 3D Printers

  • Build Volume – 25.2 L X 19.9 W X 15.0 H Cm [9.9 L X 7.8 W X 5.9 H In]
  • Layer Resolution – 200 Microns [0.0078 In]
  • Material – PLA Filament
  • Colors – Black, White, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Warm Gray, Cool Gray

Submit Design to EES.

Engineering Machine Shop (EMS) provides several options for higher quality 3D printing. To determine which 3D printer you should use for your project, consult with the EMS staff.

Fortus 250mc

  • Build Volume – 10.0L X 10.0W X 10.0H in
  • Layer Resolution – 0.007 in
  • Material – ABS P430
  • Support Material – Water soluble S30
  • Color – Many available colors

Fortus 400

  • Build Volume – 16.0L X 14.0W X 16.0H in
  • Layer Resolution – 0.005 in (ABS) Varies on model material used
  • Material – ABS M30, ABS M30i, Nylon12, Polycarbonate, and Ultem9085
  • Support Material – Varies based on model material
  • Color – Many available colors

Objet 260

  • Build Volume – 10.0L X 9.9W X 7.9H in
  • Layer Resolution – 0.0012 in SD / 0.0007 in HQ
  • Material – UV cured Polymer Plastics
  • Support Material – Non Soluble
  • Color – Several available colors

Submit Design to EMS

Location & Troubleshooting:

Engineering Electronic Shop (ESS)
2018 Seamans Center
319-335-5760
eshop@uiowa.edu

Engineering Machine Shop (EMS)
G450 Seamans Center
319-384-0600
ems-contacts@engineering.uiowa.edu

To Learn More:

Please go to the Engineering Machine Shop webpage.

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Prototyping

Equipment:

Engineering Electronics Shop:

  • Electronic design automation software (EDA)
  • Circuit board fabrication
  • Laser etching & cutting
  • Dye-sublimation printing
  • Surface mount rework
  • Equipment calibration and repair
  • PC board construction

Engineering Machine Shop:

  • 3D Printers/Prototype Equipment
  • 3D Scanner
  • CNC Milling Machine (Milltronics)
  • Drill Press
  • Electrical Discharge Machine
  • Lathe
  • Mill (Bridgeport)
  • Press (arbor)
  • Saws
  • Sheet Metal Brake
  • Sheet Metal Shear
  • Waterjet Cutter MAXIEM 1515
  • Welders

Quick Start:

Submit Designs to EMS Services.

Acceptable file types are:  obj, stl, thing, ipt, prt, and makerbot

Location & Troubleshooting:

Engineering Electronic Shop (ESS)
2018 Seamans Center
319-335-5760
eshop@uiowa.edu

Engineering Machine Shop (EMS)
G450 Seamans Center
319-384-0600
ems-contacts@engineering.uiowa.edu

To Learn More:

Please go to the Engineering Machine Shop webpage and the Engineering Electronics Shop webpage.

Contact Information

  • Lichtenberger Engineering Library
    2001 Seamans Center
    319-335-6047
    lib-engineering@uiowa.edu
  • Engineering Computer Services (ECS)
    1256 Seamans Center
    319-335-5751
  • Engineering Electronic Shop (ESS)
    2018 Seamans Center
    319-335-5760
  • Engineering Machine Shop (EMS)
    G450 Seamans Center
    319-384-0600