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Hall-Hildreth IDEAStudio

IDEAStudio is a collaborative venture between the College of Engineering and the College of Visual and Performing Arts, sponsored by Chip Hildreth (electrical engineering, 85) and Susan Hall (art education, 85).

The studio is a digital/multimedia space consisting of multiple computers with CAD programs, a 3D Scanner, a 3D printer, a laser engraver, and a full-length green screen wall for motion capture animation. Equipment is available to all UMASS Dartmouth faculty and students with current IDs.

Idea Studio Hours

Monday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Tuesday
10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Wednesday
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Thursday
10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Friday
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

At the Hall-Hilldreth IDEAStudio, students can

  • Rapidly prototype a design
  • Access animation and design software packages such as
    • SolidWorks  
    • Maya
    • Photoshop Creative Suite  
  • Mock-up a team project
  • Explore working with new materials
  • Collaborate with students and faculty from another college or department
  • Work on advanced and capstone projects

Access Policy

THe Hall-Hildreth IDEAStudio is open to UMASS Dartmouth students and faculty with a current UMASS Dartmouth ID during the open lab hours.

Contact ideastudio@umassd.edu for a tour and demo of the facility.

The Hall-Hildreth IDEAStudio can be reserved for class demonstrations, filming, meetings and other class related activities under the supervision of faculty. Reservation is required one week in advance. Email reservation request to ideastudio@umassd.edu.

Contact the Dean’s Offices of CVPA 508.999.9295 or COE 508.999.8539 if you are interested in piloting an IDEAStudio project. 

For more information about contributing to the Hall-Hildreth IDEAStudio Fund, please contact Lara Stone, UMass Dartmouth Senior Philanthropic Officer.


Equipment

3D Printer | Laser Engraver | Green Screen | Software

3D Printer—Dimension Elite

  • Max build size: 8”x8”x12”
  • Material: ABS
  • Color: Ivory, Orange, Blue, Black, Red, Yellow
  • Printing fee: $6 per cubic inch (includes both model and support material)


Four CAD drawing stations are available to students and faculty during the open lab hours in the IDEAStudio, or you may bring STereoLithography (STL) file(s) on a USB drive. The studio technician will examine the file, and calculate the fee prior to printing. Fees must be paid at the pick up of the model.

Alternatively, you may submit STL file via email (ideastudio@umassd.edu).

Specify the following with the request:

  • resolution (high or low)
  • density (solid, high-density, or low-density)
  • color 

The technician will examine the file and calculate the coast, and inform you within 72 hours. Turn around time is one week or less.

*IDEAStudio is NOT responsible for corrupt file, incomplete mesh, or otherwise unprintable design. If you have multiple models to print, create STL file for each one of them. Do not combine multiple parts into one file. If you have any technical questions regarding your CAD drawing, please send an email.

Laser Engraver: Epilog Zing 24 (30 watts)

  • Max surface area: 12”x24” (design max 11.75”x23.75”)
  • Material allowed: Masonite, MDF, plywood, Plexiglass, paper up to ¼” thick for cutting. (Consult technician if you are interested in other materials)
  • Cutting/engraving cost: $1 per minute, minimum $1.

Four model creation stations are available to students and faculty during the open lab hours in the IDEAStudio, or you may bring a file in a USB drive. The technician will examine the file and calculate the fee prior to cutting/engraving. Bring the material to be cut/engraved, cut to the size.

Alternately, you may submit a file via email (ideastudio@umassd.edu). A technician will examine the file, calculate the cost  and inform you within 72 hours.

Material to be cut/engraved must be brought in person to IDEAStudio. The turn around time is one week or less.

The laser engraver is currently set up to cut and engrave from Rhinoceros, CorelDraw, and Illustrator. Email any technical questions regarding file preparation.

How to pay for the printing/cutting job:
Fees are payable by cash or check. Total amount required at the pick up of the products.

Preparing a file for 3D printing:
The 3D printer will read STL file only. The drawing must be completely watertight, and make sure all poly-surfaces are meshed. If the form is open, not only it will not print properly, it could potentially cause problems to the 3D printer. While the tech will examine the file for you, The tech will not fix the file at the IDEAStudio. If you have questions regarding the mesh and how to create watertight form, consult guidebooks for programs you use.

Preparing a file for laser engraving/cutting:
The laser engraver is currently set up to run from Rhinoceros, Illustrator, and CorelDraw. Caution: all line visible on a file will be cut! The line width is critical for identifying cutting vs. engraving. When using Illustrator and/or CorelDraw, you need to preset the page size to the actual cut that you are making. Line width will determine whether the line will be engraved or cut. Set cut-line to hairline (0.001pt), thicker for engraving. Any line visible will be either cut or engraved.

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