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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 LabAlthough MSU possessed rapid prototyping capabilities for a number of years, the Minnesota Center for Rapid Prototyping (MCRP) was developed during the 2001-20002 academic year. The cornerstone of the MCRP is the selective laser sintering (SLS) rapid prototyping machine.

The SLS was generously donated to MSU by Phillips Plastic Corporation of Hudson, Wisconsin. Previously only available to large companies with large research and development budgets, the SLS machine allows intricate plastic models to be built from computer drawings quickly. Students have the opportunity to use the SLS machine and to work with businesses in the manufacturing of various prototypes.

In addition, this 2200 sq/ft, completely remodeled, area has all the facilities needed for the accommodation of the rapid prototyping equipment, plus room for teaching, industrial projects and applied research. Accommodations include adequate 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. This lab also allows direct communication with two other important laboratories used in rapid prototyping: the machining cell with two full-size machining centers, and a computer assisted designing (CAD) lab including installed mechanical designing software.