The Devise Realization Hub is a product development lab located at the Cardwell Collaborative Building, a $28 million state-of-the-art facility for private start-up companies, university personnel, and innovators. The product development space supports innovators, manufacturers, startups, or anyone interested in developing a product, free of charge. Get to know our product development space by checking out some of the equipment available for use and capabilities the space offers to help create new products or improve existing ones.
The Makerbot Method X is an industrial grade printer that fits on a desktop. This is a highly reliable and accurate printer that rivals leading industrial 3D printers in terms of quality and dimensional accuracy. The Method X printer can print in a range of material from common polymers such as ABS (LEGO material) and PLA (biodegradable plastic) to high performance materials such as Nylon-carbon fiber composites which rivals the strength of aluminum. Moreover, the Method X has the option to use experimental third-party materials to further expand the material portfolio.
The Method X is an ideal printer to test the final design of a product prior to entering production. The wide range of material options and high dimensional accuracy will produce an accurate representation of your product. The repeatability offered by the Method X also makes it a viable option for low-volume product runs for extended user. This printer has been widely used in the automotive industry and aerospace industry by large companies to introduce complex parts to the market faster than before.
The Form3B is an advanced desktop printer designed for dental and healthcare industries. This printer offers high resolution to produce accurate and highly detailed parts. The Form3B can produce parts in a wide range of materials anywhere from high temperature materials to biocompatible materials. The Formlabs printer has demonstrated the capability to produce medical devices (eg. nasal swabs), various dental components, short run injection molds, and many other applications. This machine is perfect for to produce smooth end use parts and prototypes.
The Lulzbot Taz 6 is an open-source 3D printer that is extremely reliable. It can print a wide range of thermoplastic materials such as Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) which is used to make LEGOS and polycarbonate (PC) used in eyeglass lenses. This system can serve a wide range of industries such as automation, defense, automotive, and tooling to name a few.
The TAZ 6 is ideally suited to create preliminary prototypes used for form, fit, and function testing. These systems are used in serial production to produce parts used to assemble Taz 6 printers. The low-cost nature of the process and materials can be used to rapidly evaluate and iterate product designs. Creating a physical three-dimensional model can help designers evaluate the product’s form factor better than through a digital medium.
The Galomb desktop injection molding machine is a small shot manual injection molding press. This machine can be used to create small thermoplastic parts without the need to create expensive tooling or operate an industrial injection molding press. This manual press can produce parts out of commonly used thermoplastics materials, some examples are below.
Polypropylene (PP) – a commonly used plastic materials used in many disposable medical device applications such as syringes.
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) – commonly used for food contact and storage applications such as milk cartons.
Interested in creating a new product, improving an existing one or receiving other types of support? You can learn more or apply to the program at mcamericas.org/innovation/devise. If you have any additional questions or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org or find us at the Cardwell Collaborative building on 5130 Gateway Blvd. East, El Paso, Texas.