The University of La Rioja has just announced the opening of the new space UR-Maker intended for learning and experimentation with 3D printers and CNC machines. This new space was born as an initiative of Alpha V. Pernia, professor of 'Manufacturing Technology' as well as students of the School of Engineering Sergio Pecina (Electrical Engineering student and manufacturer of drones and 3D printers) and Enrique Sodup (current doctoral student and creator of the first 3D printer at the University of La Rioja).
One of the main novelties of this maker area is that, unlike the laboratories and workshops present in all universities, which unfortunately are only usually used at a designated time linked to a subject, this UR-Maker area aims to be a space open to all students where all kinds of concepts of digital manufacturing, design, mechanical electronics, programming can be put into practice ...
UR-Maker, a place where any student can put into practice all their mechanical, programming, design knowledge ...
Undoubtedly a very special place where any student can put into practice all the concepts learned during years of work and even their ideas in terms of design tasks, programming, assembly, manufacturing prototypes and even machines that have to do with the subjects. who are studying or the Final Degree or Master's Projects in which they are working. As a detail, tell you that also there is space for all kinds of personal projects or any hobby of a technical nature.
Due to its enormous power, it has been deemed appropriate that the UR-Maker is divided into several zones:
- Design area: Equipped with computers with free software for the design of mechanical and electronic components (Linux, FreeCAD, Repetier, KiCad, PCBnew, etc.), it is designed to develop the first steps of digital manufacturing.
- Digitization area: It has an open source 3D scanner to obtain the three-dimensional model of parts.
- 3D printing area: Equipped with RepRap 3D printers and open source for the manufacture of parts by FFF (fused filament fabrication) using additive manufacturing.
- Electronic assembly area: It has an oscilloscope, function generator, multimeters, soldering irons, etc. to assemble, test and program electronic elements (arduinos, motors, etc.).
- Tool area: Users have common tools such as drills, screwdrivers, pliers, files, pliers, hammers, etc. for the construction and assembly of the prototypes.
- Machining area: It has an open source CNC mini-milling machine for light machining and the manufacture of PCBs (printed circuit board) through subtractive manufacturing. There is also a column drill, and a fret saw.
- Prototype assembly area: Ready for the assembly and construction of prototypes and machines.
- Quality control area: It has a profile projector, a roughness meter and a microscope to carry out the quality control of the manufactured parts and components.