Lab space of ENTERPRIZE
The lab is where team members work, study, and sometimes sleep lol. Here in our lab, we work on robots and projects. The lab is open 24-7 and it is the heart and home of ENTERPRIZE.
Equipment and Resouses
RoboMaster is a competition that sometimes requires rapid prototyping ability. Therefore, there are materials and equipment in lab that enable our team members to build a functional prototype. Not only for RM robots but also for their own project. The following session lists out some of the equipment we have.
Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to slice materials. While typically used for industrial manufacturing applications, it is also starting to be used by schools, small businesses, and hobbyists. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser most commonly through optics. The laser optics and CNC (computer numerical control) are used to direct the material or the laser beam generated. A commercial laser for cutting materials uses a motion control system to follow a CNC or G-code of the pattern to be cut onto the material. The focused laser beam is directed at the material, which then either melts, burns, vaporizes away, or is blown away by a jet of gas, leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish.
FDM & SLA 3D printers
3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is the construction of a three-dimensional object from a CAD model or a digital 3D model. The term "3D printing" can refer to a variety of processes in which material is joined or solidified under computer control to create a three-dimensional object, with the material being added together (such as liquid molecules or powder grains being fused together), typically layer by layer.
We have an adequate amount of 3d printers in our lab allowing team members to prototype parts and mechanisms. These 3D printers include Upbox, Form, Anycubics, and JGArora.
ENTERPRIZE team members have access to several functional CNC machines. These enable the team to cut boards and manufacture self-designed part more quickly.
ENTERPRIZE members have access to the DMSF workshop of HKUST. The Facility maintains a range of state-of-the-art equipment to promote research in the area of engineering design, manufacturing, and Nano-measurement. The Facility has a number of sophisticated Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines for providing a platform for CAD/CAM integration. It has a strong capability in Computer-Aided-Engineering and Reverse Engineering with a range of analysis and simulation software. The Facility is also actively involved in the manufacturing of special mechanical and electronics equipment/systems for research and industrial application. The Facility supports the repair and maintenance of sophisticated scientific instruments, as well as calibration of measuring instruments.
Despite the above three basic manufacturing tools, ENTERPRIZE have more machines and raw material for the team member to use. While the team's project is always a priority, we encourage team members to use these machines for their own projects. Other resources include tools like hex key, hand drills, and raw materials like aluminum tubes and screws & nuts.