Machines

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The IdeaShop has a wide variety of machines available to fit all inventing needs. All machines require an initial safety training conducted as needed by IdeaShop staff.

Please see individual pages for more information on each piece of equipment.

Hand Tools


For Hand Tools, we have:


Power Tools


For Power Tools, we have:


3D Printers


We have three 3D-printers available for use:

  • The Form2, which prints using liquid plastic cured with a UV laser
  • The uPrint Plus, which prints using plastic filament
  • The zPrinter, which prints using layers of plaster


Laser Cutters


Our laser cutter, the 'Epilog Laser and Engraver, has the ability to cut, engrave, and raster a wide variety of materials.


CNC Milling Machines


There are two CNC machines available:

  • The Roland 4-Axis cuts smaller objects and allows for rotating an object as it cuts
  • The ShopSabre 3-Axis can cut large sheets, but only in 3 dimensions


3D Scanner


There is also a 3D Scanner available for use.


Electronics Bench


At the Ideashop Electronics Bench we have equipment such as Microcontrollers, Oscilloscopes, Soldering Irons, a Desoldering Tool, and a Step Up & Down Transformer.

Vacuum Former


The Formech 686Vacuum Former enables users to heat a variety of materials, such as ABS or plastic, to make a mold of an object.

Sewing Equipment


Explore our Sewing Equipment! Sewing Machines use thread to stitch together pieces of fabric, and Embroidery Machines use special stitch files to create thread designs on fabric.