Working With RapidTech


RapidTech is  our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, in support of research, education and industry outreach.

Located over more than 5,000 square feet in the Engineering Tower, RapidTech provides equipment and expertise in a variety of advanced manufacturing technologies, with a strong emphasis on additive manufacturing techniques.

RapidTech owns and operates high-end equipment for nearly every additive manufacturing process, from Material Extrusion, to Vat Polymerization, Binder Jetting, Material Jetting and Powder Bed Fusion (metals and polymers). Laser cutters, 3-D scanners and subtractive equipment are also available. RapidTech offers a variety of educational and training modules to students and industrial clients, and provides state-of­-the-art multimaterial, multiscale processes to support research and development at all levels.

Whether you are researcher in need of advanced fabrication technologies, an engineer with a design and manufacturing challenge or any member of the community trying to manufacture at the edge of what’s possible, RapidTech is here to help you. Please contact our experienced staff to see what Advanced Manufacturing can do for you.

Our experienced technical staff will review your manufacturing needs and operate the equipment to guarantee that your product be fabricated with the highest degree of precision. If you are a PhD student interested in research in advanced manufacturing, we offer equipment specific training, after which you will be allowed to operate our machines independently, for faster and more economical use.


Contact RapidTech


We are open during regular business hours for walk-ins and reservations.  Our Director, Ben Dolan, and Associate Director, Veronica Swanson, are here to answer any questions you may have. Given the complexity of most equipment located at RapidTech and the scheduling challenges related to long additive manufacturing jobs, no online scheduling is offered at this time. Please contact Ben or Veronica to inquire about using our infrastructure.

Mon-Fri: 8am-12pm & 1-5pm
e-mail: idmi@uci.edu
Phone: (949) 824-4105


Equipment List


Stratasys Dimension sst 1200es

Category
Material Extrusion
Materials
ABSplus
Build Envelope
254x254x305/10x10x12″
Layer Thickness
254um/.010″ or 330um/.013”
Description
This machine extrudes ABS material alongside a soluble support to allow complex geometries and functional models
Class
Prosumer/Commercial
Example Uses
Plastic housings/enclosures, adapters


Stratasys Fortus 450MC

Category
Material Extrusion
Materials
ABS-M30, ABS-M30i, ABS-ESD7, ASA, PC-ISO white, PC-ISO clear, PC, FDM Nylon 12, ULTEM 9085, ULTEM 1010
Build Envelope
406x355x406/16x14x16
Layer Thickness
127um/.005″, 178um/.007″, 254um/.010″, 330um/.013″
Description
This industry grade machine extrudes a multitude of engineered thermoplastics with better material properties, greater detail and larger build envelope than its smaller siblings
Class
Industry
Example Uses
Functional bracketry, gears, enclosures, forming tools, higher temp/chem resistant parts


Stratasys Objet30

Category
Material Deposition
Materials
VeroWhitePlus, VeroBlackPlus, VeroBlue, VeroGray, DurusWhite
Build Envelope
294x192x148.6/11.57×7.55×5.85″
Layer Thickness
30um/.0012″
Description
This photopolymer based machine deposits droplets of resin and cures them with UV light with a gellike support material to create high resolution prototypes
Class
Prosumer/Commercial
Example Uses
Watertight parts, mold masters, show pieces


Stratasys Objet260 Connex3

Category
Material Deposition
Materials
Blends of VeroGray, VeroBlue, VeroBlackPlus, VeroCyan, VeroMagenta, VeroYellow, VeroBlack, VeroWhitePlus, VeroPureWhite, VeroClear, TangoBlack, TangoBlackPlus, TangoClear, DurusWhite, etc
Build Envelope
255x252x200/10.0×9.9×7.9″
Layer Thickness
16um/.0006″, 32um/.0013″
Description
This photopolymer based machine deposits droplets of several resins simultaneously, allowing for over 1000 different materials including parts with translucent, opaque, flexible, and rigid components.
Class
Industry
Example Uses
Soft touch parts, overmold simulations, mold masters


Zcorp z510

Category
Binder Deposition
Materials
Pixel
Build Envelope
254x356x203mm/10x14x8″
Layer Thickness
89um/.0035″, 178um/.007″
Description
This machine deposits droplets of several binding agents to a ceramic like powder to create colorful concept models and molds.
Class
Prosumer/Commercial
Example Uses
Concept models, form tests, molds


Zcorp z310

Category
Binder Deposition
Materials
Open
Build Envelope
203x254x203mm/8x10x8″
Layer Thickness
178um/.007″
Description
This machine deposits droplets of binding agent to various ceramic like powders for materials testing.
Class
Experimental
Example Uses
Material development, single use metal molds


SLM 125HL

Category
Powderbed Fusion
Materials
Titanium, Aluminum, Cobalt Chrome, Stainless Steel, Tool Steel, Nickle Based Alloys
Build Envelope
125x125x125mm/4.9×4.9×4.9″, 50x50x50mm/1.97×1.97×1.97″
Layer Thickness
20-75um/.0008-.003″
Description
This machine uses a laser to selectively melt laters of powdered metallic materials to create complex enduse parts and allow for materials development
Class
Industry
Example Uses
Complex end use parts, medical and aerospace parts


DTM Sinterstation 2000

Category
Powderbed Fusion
Materials
Polymers inc Nylon11, Polystyrene
Build Envelope
254diax205mm/10″ diax12″
Layer Thickness
153mm/.006″
Description
This machine uses a laser to selectively melt laters of powdered polymer materials to create enduse parts and allow for materials development
Class
Experimental
Example Uses
Tough plastic parts, low ash investment masters


EnvisionTEC Perfactory3 SXGA+ ERM

Category
Vat Photopolymerization
Materials
r5 red, r5 gray
Build Envelope
100x75x230mm/4x3x0.06″
Layer Thickness
25-100um/.001-.004″
Description
This machine uses a projector to selectively cure thin layers of photopolymer to create high resolution plastic parts.
Class
Prosumer/Commercial
Example Uses
High resolution small parts (rings, hearing aids)


B9 Creator

Category
Vat Photopolymerization
Materials
Cherry, Red, Emerald, Black, Yellow, open
Build Envelope
58x32mm, 96x54mm, 104x76mm
Layer Thickness
30um/.0012″,50um/.002″,70um/.0028″
Description
This machine uses a projector to selectively cure thin layers of photopolymer to create high resolution plastic parts and allows for materials development.
Class
Hobbyist
Example Uses
High resolution small plastic parts, materials development


Autodesk Ember

Category
Vat Photopolymerization
Materials
Open
Build Envelope
60x40x134mm
Layer Thickness
10-100um
Description
This machine uses a projector to selectively cure thin layers of photopolymer to create high resolution plastic parts and allows for materials development.
Class
Prosumer/Experimental
Example Uses
High resolution small plastic parts, materials development


Trotec Speedy 360

Category
Laser cutter/engraver
Materials
Various plastics, wood, foam
Build Envelope
813x508mm/32×20″
Layer Thickness
80w
Description
This machine uses an 80watt laser to quickly cut and engrave many plastics, woods, and foams.
Class
Industry
Example Uses
Microfluidic devices, linkages, custom boxes, awards, giveaways


Universal VLS 660

Category
Laser cutter/engraver
Materials
Various plastics, wood, foam
Build Envelope
813x457mm/32×18″
Layer Thickness
60w
Description
This machine uses an 60watt laser to cut and engrave many plastics, woods, and foams
Class
Prosumer/Commercial
Example Uses
Microfluidic devices, linkages, custom boxes, awards, giveaways


NextEngine HD

Category
Laser Scanner
Materials
Opaque, non-black, non-reflective
Build Envelope
N/A – Scans can be stitched together to form larger objects
Layer Thickness
N/A
Description
This tripod/table mounted machine uses an array of lasers and cameras to digitally recreate an object placed in front of it.
Class
Prosumer/Commercial
Example Uses
Capturing data from smaller, medium detailed objects like crankcase covers, computer mice, and lifecasts


ZCorp Zscanner 700

Category
Laser Scanner
Materials
Opaque, non-black, non-reflective
Build Envelope
N/A – Scans can be stitched together to form larger objects
Layer Thickness
N/A
Description
This handheld machine uses lasers, cameras, and tracking dots to digitally recreate an object placed in front of it.
Class
Prosumer/Commercial
Example Uses
Capturing data from larger, smoother objects not requiring high resolution like statues, autobody panels, and surfboards


GOM ATOS Core 200

Category
Structured Light Scanner
Materials
80-130um/.0031-.0051″
Build Envelope
N/A – Scans can be stitched together to form larger objects
Layer Thickness
N/A
Description
This tripod mounted machine uses cameras, a projected pattern, and tracking dots to digitally recreate an object placed in front of it.
Class
Industry
Example Uses
Capturing 3d data from high detail objects like failed mechanical components, character sculpts, dental molds, and engine parts


ShopSabre 4860

Category
Machining
Materials
Plastic, Wood, Foam, Wax
Build Envelope
Approximately 1475x1475x200mm/58x58x8″
Layer Thickness
25um/.001″
Description
This machine uses a computer controlled router to cut stock precisely.
Class
Prosumer/Commercial
Example Uses
Machining polymer components like fMRI fixtures, nonmetallic molds for vacuum forming or composites, furniture


Formech Compac Midi

Category
Vacuum forming
Materials
Low temp thermoplastics like PET, PEG
Build Envelope
Geometry dependent
Layer Thickness
N/A
Description
Ceramic heaters soften a thermoplastic sheet, vacuum draws it down over a mold where it cools
Class
Prosumer/Commercial
Example Uses
Creation of thin custom trays, centrifuge liners, blister packs


Laguna Band Saw

Category
Material modification
Materials
Wood, Plastic, Foam
Build Envelope
N/A – 14” class saw
Layer Thickness
N/A
Description
A traditional 14” band saw used for cutting stock to shape
Class
Prosumer/Commercial
Example Uses
Rough sizing stock for CNC router, general wood and foam cutting


Laguna Table Saw

Category
Material modification
Materials
Wood, Plastic, Foam
Build Envelope
N/A – 10” class saw
Layer Thickness
N/A
Description
A traditional 10” tilting table saw used for cutting stock to shape
Class
Prosumer/Commercial
Example Uses
Sizing of stock for CNC router, mold box creation, general wood and foam cutting


Laguna Drill Press

Category
Material modification
Materials
Wood, Plastic, Foam
Build Envelope
N/A
Layer Thickness
N/A
Description
A traditional variable speed drill press used for creating holes in stock
Class
Prosumer/Commercial
Example Uses
Sizing printed holes to correct diameter, countersinking


Chicago Oven

Category
Casting
Materials
N/A
Build Envelope
16”x16”x14”
Layer Thickness
N/A
Description
Low temperature (<500F) powdercoating oven
Class
Prosumer
Example Uses
Preheating molds and materials, postcuring cast parts


Grobet Kiln

Category
Metal Casting
Materials
N/A
Build Envelope
10”x10”x7.5””
Layer Thickness
N/A
Description
Small electric kiln for up to 2000F
Class
Prosumer
Example Uses
Investment burnout, low temp sintering


VCG Ventura Electric Furnace/Electromelt

Category
Metal casting
Materials
Metals up to 2000f
Build Envelope
2kg Au
Layer Thickness
N/A
Description
Electric melting furnace with graphite crucible
Class
Prosumer
Example Uses
Melting metal for use in sand, investment, and spin casting molds.


BJB Vacuum Chamber

Category
Moldmaking
Materials
N/A
Build Envelope
5 gal
Layer Thickness
N/A
Description
5ga self-contained vacuum chamber with pump
Class
Prosumer/Commercial
Example Uses
Degassing silicones and urethanes prior to casting to achieve better material properties.


Binx Pressure Chamber

Category
Moldmaking
Materials
N/A
Build Envelope
10 gal
Layer Thickness
N/A
Description
10 gal pressure chamber
Class
Prosumer/Commercial
Example Uses
Pressurizing the silicone and urethane casting environment to minimize the volume of trapped air.



Visit RapidTech


We are located on the 4th floor of Engineering Tower in Suite 444.
Be aware that this is a lab space and as such, closed toed shoes and long pants are a requirement.

RapidTech
444 Engineering Tower
Irvine, CA  92697