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Equipment at the Academic Technology Commons

From 3D scanners and printers to virtual reality to editing software, the Academic Technology Commons at Saint Louis University allows access to a variety of innovative equipment. 

3D Printer
 

Reservable Equipment

The ATC and Pius Library have available technology for reserve. Need to borrow a camera or microphone? How about a GoPro or a drone? Check out what you can reserve below. Laptops, graphing calculators, phone chargers, laptop chargers and small projectors are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Laptops

Check out a laptop at the AskSLU desk located inside the Academic Technology Commons, available to SLU students, faculty, and staff with a valid SLU ID.

All loans:

  • Are available for up to 7 days. If the laptop is not returned a billing/replacement fee of up to $2,000 will be assessed.
  • Are completed as a package including a laptop computer, removable power cord, and may include a battery. All items (laptop computer, battery, and removable power cord) will be checked out in working order. Please let an AskSLU staff member know immediately if something is not working. All items must be returned together, at the same time, and in working order to the AskSLU desk.
  • Borrowing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Reservations are not available for future check-out.

Borrowers are responsible for:

  • The safe return of the laptop, battery, and removable power cord;
  • Not leaving the laptop unattended
  • Keeping food and drink at a safe distance from the equipment borrowed.
  • A replacement fee of up to $2,000 for a lost, stolen, damaged, or vandalized laptop will be assessed to the borrower of record.

Failure to follow above policies may lead to patron's account being blocked from borrowing laptops on a semester-long or permanent basis.

360 Cameras
  • Insta360 Pro
  • Insta360 One 
  • Vuze 4k 3D 360° VR Camera
  • Samsung Gear 360 
Cameras
  • Sony Alpha 6000
  • Sony Alpha 6500
  • Panasonic Lumix FZ35
  • Canon SD1300IS 
Microphones
  • Phoenix Duet MT202/PCO USB Microphone
  • Sony UTX-B1 Wireless Microphone
  • Blue Snowball USB Microphone
  • Sony UWP-D16 Wireless Microphone
  • Wired lavalier microphones
Tripods
  • Photo Tripods
  • Video Tripods
Web Cams
  • Logitech C920 Webcam
  • Logitech Webcam PRO9000
  • Logitech Telecommunications System
  • Owl Labs: Meeting OWL 360° Web Cam
Camcorders
  • Zoom Q2HD

  • Panasonic HC-X900M

  • Panasonic HC-X920K

  • Canon Vixia HFS20

  • GoPro Hero 5 Black

  • GoPro Karma Grip

Drones
  • DJI Tello drone 
  • DJI Spark drone 
Projectors and Screens
  • Projector
  • 5' projector screen
  • 7' projector screen
Speakers
  • Anchor XTR-600C Portable Speaker
  • Anchor XTR-6001 Portable Speaker
  • Soundcraft L16B Portable Lectern
  • Liberty MPA-4500 Portable Speaker

Innovation Studio

Bring your concepts to life using 3D printers and scanners, laser cutters and hologram projections in the Innovation Studio. Our technology is constantly updating. Below is a list of what the ATC Innovation Studio has available to you.

3D Printers

The ATC has three 3D printers available for use, each with its own specialty:

  • Lulzbot Taz 6: Best for everyday projects, with free PLA filament available for student use
  • Stratasys Mojo: Best for small and fiddly bits and items that need additional support
  • Formlabs Form 2: Best for high detail or specialty prints with specific properties 

Design:

  • Create: your design--knowing the desired purpose, dimensions, and uses of the final product--or download a .STL or .OBJ file from the internet.
  • Materials: What is your design being used for, any time restrictions in printing, and desired quality of the print? This will help determine the best filament.
  • Cost: Cost of printing is determined by the amount of materials used for certain printers. An ATC worker would need to see the file before determining costs. Currently, printing on the Lulzbot Taz 6 using PLA filament is free for students and faculty.
  • Time: 3D printing can take a lot of time depending on the size of the design. Jobs can be left and picked up at a later time. Please leave your information with one of the ATC staff members when you come in to discuss the print job.
  • Software: All ATC computers are equipped with Autodesk Innovations. A three year trial is also available to students if you would like to download it to your personal computer. Additional open source CAD (Computer-Aided Drawing) programs are listed in the Additional Resources section.

 Print:

  • Files must be saved to a flash drive as a .STL or .OBJ and brought to the ATC.
  • Speak to an ATC staff member to load the file and discuss settings, materials, and timing.
  • Once the design is loaded into the printer an ATC staff member will be able to calculate the cost of materials, if applicable, and the printer will estimate the time the print with take (it’s a good idea to add an additional 2 hours to the estimate to account for additional print time and cool down).
  • An ATC staff member will load the requested material into the printer, if needed, and start the print.
    Return or wait for the print to finish and an ATC staff member will remove the model from the printer. Can’t stay? No worries! If you are unable to wait for the duration of the print, you can leave your contact info with an ATC staff member and someone will contact you once the print is ready.
  • An ATC staff member will charge your account (currently the ATC can only accept Billiken Bucks), if applicable, and ready the printer for the next job.

 
Finish:

  • Some print jobs may require a little additional care once printed. This can include clipping printing supports, sanding down bumps, and even painting the completed model if you want. Some tools for post-printing processing are available in the ATC but others will need to be purchased separately.
  • Please do not pause, stop, or otherwise alter any jobs currently printing as this could cause the print to fail and potentially damage the printer.
  • If there seems to be an error with the printer (lost shape, no longer printing) please inform an ATC staff member immediately.
  • Please inform an ATC staff member before collecting your print as it may still be hot or need help being removed from the machine. If the print has been finished for a while, it may be back with one of the ATC staff members. Please talk to the staff who can collect the print for you.
Hologram Projector

RealFiction Dreamoc HD3

Great for: interactive 3D display models, product demonstration, enhanced narrative, Video Projection & Display.

 
Design:

  • An animation or still image (that will be rendered to move at a later stage)
  • Recommended software: Adobe After Effects (available on certain ATC computers)Import the animation into After Effects using the Dreamoc HD3 After Effects Template. Place it in the “Edit here” composition. All edits should be made inside this composition such as scaling and positioning the animation or designing rotation/movement of still images.
  • “Render here” and match your Work Area to the length of the animation. “Make movie” with the following settings.
  • Audio should be loaded to the Dreamoc HD3 separately as a 16 bit, 48.000 kHz, stereo Wave file.
  • Supported file types: H264, MP4, WMV, AVI, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Frame Rate: 30 fps (unless altered through all compositions)
  • Field Order: None (Progressive)
  • Pixel Aspect Ratio: Square Pixels (1,000) 

Tips

  • Avoid large areas of black unless intentionally making void space
  • Add rotation or movement to make animations more dynamic
3D Scanners

The Einscan-S is good for scanning small, stationary objects, or for partial scans.

  • Bring the object to the ATC Innovations Lab.
  • Log into the computer attached to the Einscan-S
  • Calibrate the machine by placing the calibration board (White A-board with a black insert with white dots) on the turntable with the pattern facing the scanner. Do not move the board, the turntable will rotate it as needed until otherwise noted. When prompted, turn the calibration plate (black piece with white dots) 90 degrees and replace on A-board. When finished, the software will automatically close the calibration window. If you are experiencing difficulty, please ask one of the ATC staff members.

Free Scan: Great for objects that do not fit on the turntable.

  • Use the crosshairs on the scanner head to determine optimal distance. Too far or too close and details are lost or undefined. The cross should be clear and concise.
  • Can be scanned like a puzzle in sections if necessary and assembled at a later step. Save each successive scan into the same project.

Auto Scan:

  • Great for objects that fit on the turntable.
  • Set the object on the turntable.
  • Click “New Project” or “Open Project” if this scan is part of a series.
  • Save the scans.
Virtual Reality Simulator

The ATC's Vive is connected to a Steam account, housing programs that allow users to explore a science lab, explore the human skeleton, or paint in 3D. The current available games include:

  • The Lab
  • Beat Saber
  • Job Simulator
  • theBlu
  • and more...

Schedule a time to use the Vive by contacting us at 314-977-3103 or atc@slu.edu.

Dell Canvas

The Dell Canvas is a 27-inch drafting-table tablet great for digital art, video editing, creating CAD for 3D printing, and more. The Stylus and Totem for the Dell Canvas are available at the AskSLU helpdesk with a SLU ID card.

Scanners

The ATC has several book scanners and specialty scanners to meet your needs, including: 

  • Book scanners: with available OCR software to convert text scans into word documents
  • Large flatbed scanner: best for high quality images and large files
  • 35mm film scanner
  • Microfilm scanner

Print Workshop

The Print Studio offers professional grade printing, scanning and finishing options to support student projects, conference presentations and other needs you might have. 

When printing a poster be sure to check if there are any size requirements for your poster and design the file accordingly for the best product. Please save your poster as a PDF for optimal printing. At this time the ATC is only able to accept Billiken Bucks or a department fund code as payment, if applicable.

Large Format Poster Printing

Charge is based on rolling inch (each inch used to make the print) per material used:

  • Banner = $0.50/in, durable and waterproof.
  • Semi-gloss Photo and Art Matte = $0.80/in, not as durable but holds the most vibrant color.
  • Fabric = $1.00/in, super durable and great for long lasting posters or ones that need to travel far.
Advanced Laser Printing

The ATC’s digital press can create photo quality images on a variety of papers.

  • Plain Paper (Letter) = Color: $0.25 B&W: $0.05
  • Plain Paper (Legal) = Color: $0.25 B&W: $0.05
  • Plain Paper (Tabloid) = Color: $0.30 B&W: $0.10
  • Cardstock (Letter) = Color: $0.35 B&W: $0.15
  • Cardstock (Tabloid) = Color: $0.50 B&W: $0.30

The Laserjet printer also has these additional finishing services: C-folds, Z-folds, booklet folds, stapling, and 3-hole punching.

Finishing Services
  • Laminating: $0.50/per foot
  • Mat Cutting: Please schedule at least 30 minutes for your first mat.
    • 8" x 10" = $2.50
    • 11" x 14" = $3.00
    • 16" x 20" = $4.50
    • 20" x 24" = $9.00
    • 32" x 40" = $18.00
  • Dry Mounting: Please schedule at least 30 minutes if this is your first time mounting.
    • 8" x 10" = $1.50
    • 11" x 14" = $2.00
    • 16" x 20" = $4.25
    • 20" x 24" = $7.50
    • 32" x 40" = $15.00

Cutting and Trimming:

  • The ATC houses several sizes of paper cutters for student and faculty use. The cutters are available for use during normal staff hours.