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.

Location: JCAIN 304

Operating Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Academic Information

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


Printer Information

Low Fidelity Equipment