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Solids Modeling Lab

Solids Modeling Lab

The Solids Modeling Lab was built in 2012 as part of SAIT’s three-building, 740,000-square-foot Trades and Technology Complex.

Aldred Centre, the building which fronts an entire block of 16th Avenue NW, contains the Solids Modeling Lab and the majority of Applied Research and Innovation Services' (ARIS’s) other research and technology development facilities.

Research area and purpose

The Solids Modeling Lab supports prototype development for applied research and innovation projects at SAIT. Once a part is 3D modeled, it can be tested for size, aerodynamics, fit, etc. before being machined in metal. This enables numerous, affordable design iterations during the prototype development process.

Facility highlights

This lab is equipped with 3D scanning, computer animated design and rapid prototyping capabilities. ARIS has three 3D printers, each with varying capabilities and speeds.

  • SolidWorks, Autodesk and Geomagic computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Creaform EXAScan handheld 3-D scanner
  • Fusion deposition modeling (FDM) rapid prototyping (Fortus 400mc; 16”x14”x16” build size)
  • Jetted photopolymer rapid prototyping (Objet30 Scholar; 11.81”x7.87”x5.9” build size)
  • Powder/binder/infiltrant, colour3-D printing (ZPrinter 650; 10”x15”x8” build size)
  • Clean Station SRSII

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