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What MVCC Campus is the FABLab located on?
The FABLab is located on the Utica, N.Y., Campus within the Science and Technology Building, Room 115.

Where is the MVCC Utica Campus located?
MVCC's Utica Campus is located at 1101 Sherman Drive. For directions.

Who can use the MVCC FABLab?
The MVCC FABLab is open to the students of the College, local community members, and surrounding businesses.

What type of equipment/machines are located within the MVCC FABLab?
The equipment includes 3D Printers, 3D Scanners, Laser Engravers, CNC Routers, CNC Milling Machines, Vinyl Cutter, and Computer Workstations with design, prototyping, and manufacturing software packages. For a complete list.

How long does it take to print a model or prototype on one of the 3D printers?
It varies based on the size, design, and quality desired.

Is the MVCC FABLab associated with any other FABLabs?
The MVCC FABLab is part of MIT's global FABLab network and was the first college in New York State to have an MIT-networked FABLab.

What type of material is used for 3D printing at the MVCC FABLab?
The printers currently used in the FABLab use ABS Thermoplastic.

If I want to use the MVCC FABLab, who do I contact?
Contact David Smith in the PSAT Department by emailing dsmith3@mvcc.edu, calling 315.792.5332, or by filling out the electronic form, and someone will get in touch with you.

What type of materials can be engraved by the laser engravers?
The laser engravers currently located in the FABLab can engrave on many different types of material, including woods, acrylics, plastics, and aluminum (in some cases).

What type of file format do you prefer for use on the 3D printers?
The file format preferred is .STL, which stands for STeroLithography.

What types of software packages are used on the computer workstations?
Some types of software packages used in the MVCC FABLab are for solid modeling, computer-aided manufacturing, 2D design and drafting, and 3D printing.

How long does it take to complete a project?
It depends on many factors, including the project size, project design, quality desired, number of different parts, number of total parts required, number of machines needed, types of materials, and if the project is starting from scratch, or from computer files available.