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 kinds of virtual reality creation and display.  To enhance your experience, the library has an Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headsets with precise tracking and integrated headphones to provide a full 3D effect, and Oculus Rift Touch controllers, (which allow you to interact with the virtual world). There is also a Moverio BT-300, an augmented reality headset, and Leap Motion Controllers which sense your hands moving naturally in 3D.

For creation of virtual reality situations, the library has 2 types of 3D cameras available to check out to develop your own environment.  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 S is a 3D camera which 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 Controllers 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 check it out.

The Moverio BT-300, 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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Computer Stations with Collaboration Tables

Computer Stations Includes Software:

  • Pro-E (CREO),
  • AutoCad
  • ArcGIS
  • Unity 3D
  • Tinkercad
  • Inventor
  • 3DS Max
  • Slicer
  • Maya
  • Blender

Collaboration Table Includes:

  • 43 inch (4K) Quad monitor
  • Room for Groups of 4 to Collaborate
  • Stationary computer
  • Laptop jacks

Tools Available to Assist Modeling and Designing:

  • Leap Motion Controllers
  • Wacom Drawing Tablets

Quick Start:

The Creative Space has 2 collaboration tables where up to 4 can work collaboratively on projects.  The 43 inch Dell Quad Monitor may be split into 2, 3 or 4 screens.  When shown on a single screen, the displays are borderless, but up to 3 additional laptops/computers may be plugged in to split the screen. Any of the laptops/computers can be swapped 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.

The computer stations are available for students, faculty, and staff and are equipped with the following software: Pro-E (CREO), AutoCad, ArcGIS, Unity 3D, TinkerCAD, Inventor, 3DS Max, Slicer, Maya, & Blender.  These stations allow you to create 3D models or virtual reality.

The Wacom Drawing Tablets and Leap Motion Controllers can enhance any modeling or designing work and may be checked out at the service desk.

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 service desk.

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Tool Library

Tool Library Includes:

  • Manual Tools
  • Cables & Chargers
  • Digital & Electronic Tools
  • Programming & Circuits
  • Wearable Tech
  • Virtual & Augmented Reality

Quick Start:

The Tool Library offers a wide variety of tools from hand tools to measuring tools and everything in between! And, more tools are being added regularly!

3D Scanners: Sense 3D Scanner, Structure Sensor for iPad scanner, Xbox Kinnect

Cameras: 360Fly 4k camera, Canon Powershot, GoPro Hero 5, RICOH Theta S, sports camcorder, Theta S 360 Degree camera, thermal camera, and an Eyeball Webcam (under cameras on webpage)

Computer & Phone Accessories: acoustic microphone, Wacom Drawing Tablets, 2 projectors, wireless presenter, Eyeball Webcam, various chargers and adapters

Hand Tools: Various wrenches, claw hammer, heat gun kit, Hex-Keys, hot glue gun, pliers sets, wide variety of screwdrivers, sheet metal hole punch, socket set, soldering iron, and much more

LabQuest: LabQuest Data Collector, 3-Axis Accelerometer, CO2 sensor, dual-range force sensor, EKG sensor, electrode amplifier, low-g accelerometer, magnetic field sensor, sound level meter, stainless steel temperature probe, thermocouple, Watts Up Pro, wireless dynamic sensor system, salinity sensor

Laptops & Tablets: 5 Lenovo ThinkPad Laptops and 12 iPads

Measuring Tools: Caliper, digital scale, environmental meter, infrared thermometer, laser distance measurer, level & magnetic angle locator, light meter, micrometer, multimeter (volt meter), oscilloscope, pocket grain weight scale, power monitor, sound level meter, tachometer, tape measure, triple beam balance, tubular spring scales, wireless temperature probe.

Programming & Circuits: MaKey MaKey kit, Raspberry Pi with Vernier Interface Shield, LittleBits, Inventor’s Kit, wearable tech (LilyPad), RedBot Inventor’s Kit

Virtual & Augmented Reality: Oculus Rift & Oculus Rift Touch (2 hour checkout), Moverio (2 hour checkout), Leap Motion controllers

Specialty Tools: calculator, ruler set, white board markers

Location:

The Tool Library is located within the Lichtenberger Engineering Library. Ask at the service desk. Full list of tools is available on the Tool Library Website.

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3D Printing

Equipment:

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

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.

Requirements:

  • 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]
  • Filament: 1.75 Mm [0.0688 In] Makerbot Pla Filament
  • Nozzle Diameter: 0.4 Mm [0.0157 In]
  • Xy Positioning Precision: 11 Microns [0.0004 In]
  • Supported File Types: Stl, Obj, Thing
  • 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. There are 3 different 3D printers/prototyping machines in the EMS: Fortus 250mc; and Fortus 400. To determine which 3D printer you should use for your project, consult with the EMS staff.

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
319-335-5778
ems-contacts@engineering.uiowa.edu

To Learn More:

Please go to the Engineering Services webpage.

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Prototyping

Services:

Engineering Electronics Shop:

  • 3D Printers
  • Electronic design automation software (EDA)
  • Laser etching & cutting
  • Dye-sublimation printing
  • Surface mount rework
  • Equipment calibration and repair
  • PC board construction

Engineering Machine Shop:

  • 3D Printers
  • 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:

The Electronics Shop tackles electronic repair, calibration, and design services throughout the the college. They also maintain a sales desk in 2018 SC that sell lab parts and kits for engineering lab classes and other educational items.

The Machine Shop is a modern version of the classic machine shop that includes computer-literate staff, machines, and methods alongside traditional manufacturing equipment and procedures.

While the services provided are individualized for each person or problem, the general services include:

  • Basic 3D Printing: Consumer grade 3D printing services
  • Consultation: Consultation with students, staff and faculty on various electronics or networking projects
  • Equipment Design and Prototyping: fabricate original electronics equipment design and prototype work for researchers. Capabilities include chematic capture, circuit analysis, board layout, routing, prototyping double-sided printed circuit boards.
  • Equipment Maintenance: Preventive maintenance, calibration, and repair of departmental teaching lab equipment.
  • Laser Processing: Cutting, etching and engraving of materials.
  • Locker Rentals: Rental of student lockers located in the Seamans Center.
  • Parts and Sales: Counter sales facility located in room 2018 SC for all Faculty, staff and students to purchase lab parts and kits for classes, research and other projects. This location also provides consultation and purchasing of electronics equipment.
  • Training: Workshops on basic electronic skills such as soldering, circuit board design, and more.
  • Advanced 3D Printing: Advanced additive printing of parts by optimizing resolution, slicing, and build orientation. This also includes design, material, and printing technology consultation.
  • Design and Prototyping: Design, create process, and manufacture prototypes using all equipment in Engineering Technology Center.
  • Design Consultation: Design and manufacturability consultation that includes design, manufacturing process, and solid modeling services.
  • Fabrication & Machining: Provide cutting and forming of materials using 5 axis waterjet, shear, and saws and machining of material using both manual and CNC mills, Lathes, and other equipment.
  • Reverse Engineering: Provide 3D scanning and probing of parts using Faro arm and laser scanner that includes file manipulation using Geomagic, Magic’s, and other solid modeling software.

Location & Troubleshooting:

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

Engineering Machine Shop (EMS)
G450 Seamans Center
319-335-5778
ems-contacts@engineering.uiowa.edu

To Learn More:

Please go to the Engineering Services webpage.

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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
    319-335-5778