Tools/workstations

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Design Stations 1 & 2

Introduction

Design Station 1

A pair of Windows 10 PC's, loaded with the common tools and utilities that are used at rLab, they're in the main electronics room upstairs. These are commonly used to prepare 3d print jobs and laser cutter jobs as well as 3D design and video editing work that might be too much for member's laptops to cope with. Both PC's have SD card readers attached to directly write files for the Ultimaker 2+ 3d printers. rLab members may keep files on these machines, but be aware that there is no guarantee they will survive - these are shared systems and other users may clean them out at any time (and frequently do!). The PC's are connected to the rLab Dropbox account and users are encouraged to use this method to transfer files and store work in progress.

These machines are not backed up!

Current Status

Date Status Comment
6th July 2020 Functional Working properly

The two design stations have recently been upgraded and are now based on Ryzen 3700X 8-core CPUs, fitted with 32GB of ram, 1Tbyte of NVME storage and a GTX1650 Super 4GB graphics card, so they're capable of serious design work including 3D design work and video editing. Design Station 2 is loaded with a full paid version of the LightBurn laser cutter software so it can be used to prepare laser cutting jobs so they can be transferred to the laser cutter PC and run quickly from there to avoid tying up the laser control PC while designing and setting up. Design Station 2 also is loaded with the Silhouette design software to operate the new vinyl cutter. Both machines have Ulitmaker Cura loaded on them to prepare 3D printer jobs, but be aware that members often fiddle with slicing settings so it's wise to reset them to defaults before use!

Planned Upgrades

Parts and upgrades that are planned/Budgeted/Purchased for in the near future

  • None planned

Design Station Caretakers

Maintainers

These are the people who look after and repair the design stations, they're the ones to contact if there's any problems with it

Name Notes
James M
Tony S

Recent Changes

If you make any non-trivial changes to the design stations or perform maintenance please note it here, delete records older than 1 yr

  • New design PCs installed by Rupert and Stever (talk) 10:46, 30 August 2020 (BST)