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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Rapid Prototyping Lab

Page address: http://cset.mnsu.edu/met/facilities/rpl.html

Rapid Prototyping Lab

Rapid Prototyping Lab

Although Minnesota State Mankato possessed rapid prototyping capabilities for several years, the Minnesota Center for Rapid Prototyping (MCRP) was officially launched during the 2001-2002 academic year. The cornerstone of the MCRP is the ExOne M-Lab rapid prototyping machine. The M-Lab has the capability of building a variety of metal parts.

 

Due, in part, to ExOne’s generous donation of the M-Lab, MCRP offers both faculty and students the opportunity to conduct breakthrough research. The M-Lab machine allows intricate metal models to be quickly built from computer drawings. It also provides greater design freedom with its highly accurate printing process. Students can experiment with industrial grade materials such as steel, bronze, tungsten, and glass as they produce functional prototypes.

 

In addition, this completely remodeled 750 square-foot area provides all the facilities needed for rapid prototyping equipment, plus room for teaching, industrial projects, and applied research. Accommodations include electric and air power supplies, ethernet multi-hub computer communication, air conditioning with clean air supply, secure area for a computer server, and technician supervision. The MCRP also houses fused deposition technology (FDM), ThermoJet, and coordinate machine (CMM). Seven dual monitor workstations are equipped with Creo ver. 2.0 parametric modeler, Insight software and Pcdmis software.

 

In addition, the lab allows direct communication with two other important labs used in rapid prototyping: the machining cell with two full-size machining centers, and a CAD lab with mechanical designing software.