Facilities & Resources

ARC maintains a number of facilities and resources for the use of research faculty and students.

Higgins Design Studio (HL 234)

The 1600 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Higgins Design studio, part of the Keck Design Center at WPI, serves as both an innovative classroom and a premier workspace centered on computer-aided design, simulation, and visualization.

With a focus on design technologies and collaboration, the studio is used for lectures and labs in mechanical design and manufacturing, as well as training sessions in Scientific and Engineering Software Applications (SESA).

When not in use, the studio is available for student projects, coursework and faculty research. It is equipped with high-end workstations running software for mechanical design including parametric solid modeling, structural, thermal, fluid and dynamic analysis, and general purpose applications. The Design Studio is built to facilitate student collaboration and teamwork.

3D Printing

3D printing, also known as Rapid Prototyping (RP), is a method of producing models directly from a computer-aided design (CAD) program. It uses a computer-driven, additive process to print solid three-dimensional models one layer at a time.

WPI has two RP machines available for students, faculty, and staff: Dimension SST 1200es and Objet260 Connex, located in Higgins Laboratory 232. The machines are meant to be used for parts that cannot be easily purchased or produced using other on-campus resources such as the machine shop. For more information on using the RP machines, read our Rapid Prototyping Guidelines and visit the Sharepoint WPI Rapid Prototype Machine site.

Poster Printing

WPI provides poster printing services for faculty and students in need of high quality posters for project presentations, conference poster sessions, and other displays in different locations on campus.

Our main poster printing services are located at the Academic Technology Center (ATC) in Fuller Labs. The other heavily used poster printing facility is located in HL 234 mainly focused on research posters and coursework. Posters are available in matte and gloss, and there is a fee for printing based on size.  

Higgins Design Studio Lab Code of Conduct

We work hard to provide WPI researchers with access to the latest software applications in facilities that offer clean, safe, and well-ordered work environments. Please help us keep it that way. All students, faculty, and staff utilizing Science and Engineering Software Applications (SESA) through WPI laboratories are expected to follow the Design Studio Code of Conduct (below).

Design Studio Rules

  • NO FOOD OR DRINK. Food and drinks are not allowed in the design studio, the only exception being closed containers of water. The closed containers of water can be left on the center table, unless there are printed posters on the table. If there are posters on the center table, no water in the lab.
  • Printing guidelines: printing in this lab should only be for material pertinent to this lab. Material that can be printed in other labs should not be printed here.
  • DO NOT TURN OFF THESE MACHINES. These computers may be running other programs in the background, and should not ever be turned off or restarted without permission.
  • If you are having a problem with a particular machine or a printer, ask the TA, a proctor, or Sia Najafi for help.

Proctors are available in the lab during all open hours. If you are having a problem with a computer or program, or have a CAD question, look around for the red PROCTOR sign.

Lab hours are posted on the door. If the lab is unavailable during regular hours, that too will be posted on the door.

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