Current Students

Rapid Prototyping Lab

Powered by a generous gift from the Farley family, the Ford Rapid Prototyping Lab hosts an array of cutting-edge, additive manufacturing technology tools. These tools enable students to create complex models quickly and use a wide range of materials, including strong rigid plastics, flexible and optically clear polymers, colored models with graphics, and models made with multiple materials. It is located in the sub-basement of the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center, room SB.310.

Lab Usage

The Rapid Prototyping Lab is primarily used by students and faculty in support of their educational or research project work. The lab is staffed by lab professionals who are skilled in the equipment and processes necessary for the execution of project designs.

Working with the lab professionals on your prototyping strategy is required for every project. To get started on a successful lab project experience, users should plan to meet with lab professionals for a design review and create their own computer aided design (CAD) file in .stl format.  

Available Equipment and Ordering Process

There are four rapid prototyping machines in the lab, varying widely in their capabilities. See the link below for a more detailed descriptions of these machines. Detailed ordering instructions can also be found in the file below.

  • 3D Systems Z450
  • Stratasys Fortus 250mc
  • Stratasys Connex 350
  • 3D Systems Phenix PXS

Rapid Prototyping Lab Machine Capabilities and Ordering Process

Contact Information

The director of this lab is Michael Beltran. For inquiries about the lab, contact the lab professionals via e-mail at rp.lab@northwestern.edu. One of the lab professionals will get back to you shortly.