Access and Equipment

*Updated 4/30/20*

Notice regarding Access to Spark

Due to the university's preventative measures regarding COVID-19, Spark will remain CLOSED until it relocates into the new Design Innovation Hub later this summer. Access to Spark is unfortunately unavailable during this closure. Any changes to this plan will be reflected here on the homepage. For details or concerns regarding access to Spark, please contact Hilary Kennedy, manager of Library Makerspaces, at hmkenned@kent.edu.

Access to Spark A Kent State student cures a 3D model creating on a SLA resin printer

Gaining access to the use of Spark’s resources happens in two ways - achieving a Maker Level (from Tinkerer to Power User) and being trained on specific machinery. Please review the following documentation before seeking use of Spark.

Makerspace Equipment

The following equipment is available in Spark Innovation Studio. Please read through all documentation before arriving at Spark for training. Also note that Spark's equipment is intended for prototyping rather than mass production of products or projects.

Machine Description

Documents / Cost

Image of the Flashforge Dreamer 3D printerFlashforge Dreamer 3D printer

A dual extrusion 3D printer, the Flashforge Dreamer produces 3D models from plastic material.

  • Technology: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
  • Build volume: 231 x 149 x 139 mm
  • Resolution: 100 microns (0.1 mm)
  • Material: ABS / PLA

Flashforge product website

Documentation:
Status:
  • Ready to use!
Cost for use:
  • $0.10 / gram 
  • filament is provided
image of Makerbot Replicator 2Makerbot Replicator 2

The Makerbot Replicator 2 produces 3D models from PLA plastic material.

  • Technology: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
  • Build volume: 285 x 153 x 155 mm
  • Resolution: 100 microns (0.1 mm)
  • Material: PLA

Replicator 2 digital brochure

Documentation:
Status:
  • Ready to use!
Cost for use:
  • $0.10 / gram 
  • filament is provided
New!
Creality CR-10S Pro 3D printerCreality CR-10S Pro

The CR-10S Pro produces 3D models from plastic material.

 

  • Technology: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
  • Build volume: 300 x 300 x 400 mm!
  • Resolution: 100 microns (0.1 mm)
  • Material: ABS / PLA

CR-10S Pro product website

Documentation:
Status:
  • Ready to use!
Cost for use:
  • $0.10 / gram 
  • filament is provided
Image of the formlabs Form 2 3D printerformlabs Form 2 3D printer

The Form 2 3D printer produces high quality 3D models from liquid resin material.

  • Technology: Stereolithography (SLA)
  • Build volume: 145 × 145 × 175 mm
  • Resolution: 25 microns (0.025 mm)
  • Material: photopolymer resin

formlabs product website

Documentation:
Status:
  • Ready to use!
Cost for use:
  • $3.00 flat fee (setup / cleaning)
  • $1 / hr printing time (rounded to nearest hour)
  • standard resin (white, black, gray, clear): $0.30 / mL
  • specialty resin (flexible, tough): $0.65  / mL
  • Notes:
    • $5.00 minimum
    • resin is provided
Image of the US Cutter Titan vinyl cutterUSCutter TITAN 2 Vinyl Cutter

This 28" vinyl cutter can produce graphics, logos, lettering and more from a variety of vinyl materials.

US Cutter product website

Documentation:
Status:
  • Ready to use!
Cost for use:
  • $0.15 / linear inch for standard vinyl (5-year calendared vinyl)
  • $0.50 / linear inch for heat transfer vinyl
  • material is provided
Image of the Full Spectrum P-Series laser cutterFull Spectrum P-Series 20x12" CO2 Laser Cutter

The Full Spectrum P-Series 45w laser cutter is capable of cutting and etching a variety of woods and plastics.

Full Spectrum product website

Documentation:
Status:
  • Ready to use!
Cost for use:
  • $1 / minute for the first 10 minutes; $0.50 / minute thereafter
  • material is not provided
Image of the Inventables CNC routerInventables X-Carve CNC router

This 3-axis router is designed to carve with fine detail and complex curves in wood, plastic, metal and more.

Inventables product website

Documentation:
Status:
  • Ready to use; updated pricing!
Cost for use:
  • $1 for the first 10 minutes
  • $0.50 / minute for next 30 minutes
  • $0.10 / minute thereafter
  • material is not provided
New!
Mayku FormBox vacuum formerMayku FormBox

This device utilizes heat and vacuum suction to form a plastic sheet around a 3D object. The resulting mold can be used for various projects, from product packaging to casting.

FormBox product website

Documentation:
Status:
  • Ready to use!
Cost for use:
  • $2 per sheet
New!
Xyron Pro 1250 laminatorXyron Pro 1250 Laminator

The Xyron Pro 1250 is a 12" wide cold pressure laminator and is equipped with both 2-sided and adhesive-backed lamination.

Documentation:
Status:
  • Ready to use!
Cost for use:
  • $0.15 / linear inch for 2-sided lamination
  • $0.25 / linear inch for adhesive-backed lamination
New!
GBC CombBind C500GBC CombBind C500

The GBC CombBind C500 binds paper, plastic and coverstock with either plastic comb or metal comb material.

CombBind C500 original manual

Documentation:
Status:
  • Ready to use!
Cost for use:
  • $0.25 each for plastic comb binding
  • $1.00 each for metal comb binding
  • Note: Printing not included in cost nor provided
New!
drymount pressMasterpiece 500T-X Drymount Press

The drymount press adheres prints to boards - foam board, illustration and matboard - using a heat-activated mounting tissue.

Documentation:
  • Coming soon!
Status:
  • Ready to use!
Cost for use:
  • $0.10 / linear inch for 24.5" wide drymount tissue
  • Free to press!
  • Note: boards not provided
Image of the Viper garment printerDTG Viper2 Garment Printer

Designed with entrepreneurs in mind, the DTG Viper2 garment printer uses a cartridge-based ink system for direct-to-garment printing.

DTG product website

Documentation:
  • n/a
Status:
  • This equipment has been relocated to a temporary space until the opening of the new Design Innovation Hub. 
    See Spark staff for details.

Cost for use:
  • n/a