Prototyping Services

The resouces at the NERVE Center can be reserved using the Core Research Facility (CRF) system. 3D printing and laser cutting services include prep, fabrication, and cleaning of models by NERVE Center Staff. For information on using the robot test courses at the NERVE Center see the Testing Services page.

To use the NERVE Center CRF visit UMass Lowell's Core Research Facility website to open an account and reserve testing time. By becoming a user you will also have access to all of the other Core Research Facilities at UMass Lowell.

Costs for services listed here are for non-member and member industry users. Please contact NERVE@cs.uml.edu to inquire about government and academic rates.

 

3D Printing Services

Stratasys Eden 260V

Water Jet to clean models

Prints with support material

Cleaned final models

The NERVE Center houses a Stratasys Eden 260V, a 3D printer capable of printing 16-micron layers and a build size of 255 x 252 x 200 millimeters. Our 3D printing can be use to print your prototypes for gripper fingers, chassis mounts, wheel designs, and more.

To have your models printed, please send STL files to anorton[at]cs.uml.edu for a quote. Cost is determined by the amount of material required to complete the job, prep time, and cleaning time. Prints are calculated in grams with a minimum of 20 grams.

  Price per 2 grams Non-member: $2.51 Member: $2.01  

More information can be found on the NERVE Center CRF page.

Photo by Brendan Donoghue

Mechanical hand by Nonspec

208 grams

Baxter Gripper Fingers

70 grams

NERVE Center Keychain

19 grams

 

Laser Cutting Services

 

The NERVE Center houses a Universal Laser Systems PLS6.150D laser cutter, capable of cutting and engraving acrylic plexiglass, with a cutting bed size of 18" x 32". To have your job cut and etched, please e-mail PDF or EPS files to anorton[at]cs.uml.edu for a quote. Cost is determined by the size of material required to complete the job, the amount of time to cut/etch, set up, and prep.

 

Laser cutting services are offered for two different thicknesses of clear plexiglass in four sizes. Prices are calcuated per 10 minutes of work with a minimum of 20 minutes.

 

1/4" (0.243") Thickness

Price per 10 minutes (includes material)

1/8" (0.122") Thickness

Price per 10 minutes (includes material)

 
 

Non-member

Member

Non-member

Member

 

6" x 6"

$13.91

$11.12

$13.91

$11.12

 

12" x 12"

$15.50

$12.39

$14.55

$11.63

 

12" x 24"

$18.03

$14.41

$16.13

$12.89

 

18" x 30"

$23.11

$18.47

$19.30

$15.43

 

More information can be found on the NERVE Center CRF page.

Robot augmentation mounting plates

1/4" thick 12" x 24" plexiglass sheet: 50 minutes

Margo the telepresence robot with augmentations

(note: plexiglass shown is colored; currently only clear is being offered)

 


How to Become a Member of the NERVE Center

NERVE Center Membership Agreement (PDF): Download, fill out, sign, and send to NERVE@cs.uml.edu

Principal membership costs $5,000 annually and includes:

  • Use of the NERVE Center's testing and prototyping services through the CRF at the discounted member rates
  • One representative on the Industrial Advisory Board
  • Two admission tickets to all NERVE Center events, including lectures, symposiums, and the semi-annual research meeting
  • Access to metrics and test courses developed at the NERVE Center prior to their finalization, with the ability to provide feedback at the semi-annual research meeting
  • Ability to host research demonstrations, at the expense of the Member and in accordance to the Core Research Facility terms, at the NERVE Center, subject to availability
  • Name and/or company logo on the membership page of the NERVE Center website (see Affiliates page)


Associate membership is available for companies with 50 or fewer employees, costs $1,000 annually, and includes:

  • Use of the NERVE Center's prototyping services through the CRF at the discounted member rates
  • One admission ticket to all NERVE Center events and meetings
  • Name and/or company logo on the membership page of the NERVE Center website (see Affiliates page)


To see a listing of our current members, click here.
 

 


 

UMass Lowell NERVE Center, 1001 Pawtucket Boulevard, Lowell, MA 01854
For more information, please contact NERVE@cs.uml.edu or call 978-934-6600