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Welcome to The J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University!

The J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Rapid Prototyping Studio operates printers of two methods of additive manufacturing. The department possesses printers of the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) type and one of the Stereolithography (SLA) type. FDM printers utilize a “hot glue gun” extrusion style, heating a plastic filament and forcing it through an extruder mounted on a Cartesian robot, which directs where the filament is deposited. Stereolithography (SLA) is an additive manufacturing process that works by focusing an ultraviolet (UV) laser on to a vat of photopolymer resin.

3D printing will be available this semester through Google forms, so we can help limit the spread of COVID-19 from face-to-face interactions. Once the prints are complete, an email will be sent to you giving instructions on how to pick up your print.

Academic Prints - Academic Prints Google form

Personal Prints - Personal Prints Google form

Location: JCAIN 304

Operating Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Phone: 979-847-8164

Academic Information

  • Available printing for all non-research MEEN classes.
  • Free (limited) personal printing to all MEEN graduate and undergrad students.

Research Information

  • Low fidelity printing lead time is one to five days, depending on current research jobs and current academic printing.
  • High fidelity printing lead time is one day to three weeks, depending upon current research jobs, current academic printing and material availability. 
  • Technician should be able to provide an estimated start date upon receiving the quote sheet.

Lab Access Information

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Lazer Cutting Materials Guide:

Safe Materials:

  • Composite Wood
  • MDF
  • Paper, Card Stock
  • Cardboard (can catch fire)
  • Cork
  • Cloth- cotton
  • Felt- wool
  • Real leather
  • Acrylic
  • Denim fabric
  • Maple, solid
  • Mat board
  • Oak, solid
  • Rubber, laser grade
  • Walnut, solid
  • Anodized aluminum (Etching only)
  • Glass (Etching only)

Unsafe Cutting Materials:

  • ABS
  • Beryllium oxide
  • Carbon
  • Chlorinated plastics
  • Coated carbon fiber
  • Coated materials
  • Epoxy based or phenolic resins
  • Fiberglass
  • Fluorine based plastics:
  • PTFE (Teflon)
  • Fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP)
  • Galvanized metal
  • HDPE (High Density Poly Ethylene)
  • Leather, Artificial or Chrome tanned
  • Materials containing:
    • Astanine
    • Bromine
    • Chlorine
    • Fluorine
    • Formaldehyde
  • Plywood containing
    • Flame-retardants
    • Halogens
    • Iodine
  • Mirrored surfaces
  • Nylon
  • Painted material
  • Varnished materials
  • Particleboard, paneling
  • Polycarbonate
  • Polychloroprene (CR or chloroprene rubber, marketed under the brand name of Neoprene)
  • Polypropylene foam
  • Polypropylene sheet
  • Polystyrene foam
  • Polyurethane,
  • Polyurethane foam
  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • POM Delrin/acetyl
  • Rubber
  • Styrofoam
  • Wood that has been:
    • Coated 
    • Fumigated
    • Pressure treated
    • Stained