One of the largest barriers to developing hardware products is simply not being able to access the most suitable cutting-edge resources. Unfortunately, no machine can do everything and the option of purchasing a large number of expensive equipment is not always a viable or best one, especially for young innovative companies. Arc substantially reduces such “barrier” by allowing startups to access the most critical-resources to them.
Desktop FDM 3D Printing
Creates low-cost three-dimensional components in a wide variety of different plastics. By being able to recreate nearly any object by “printing” one fine layer of material at a time, this additive manufacturing technology allows members to have a high degree of control over both the external and internal design of a prototype.
Desktop Vacuum Forming
Recreates the exact external shape and detail of moulds placed within its vacuum bed. It achieves this by heating a thin sheet of plastic that has been laid on top of a desired shaped mould and then removing all the air between the two items. This machine is able to produce strong and smooth components easily and rapidly.
Works like a computer-controlled plotting device. By using a blade instead of a pen, it allows members to cut patterns out of a range of thin materials including cardboard, Vinyl, paper and leather. Such machine is ideal for packaging, design and branding purposes.
These tools allow members to undertake electrical circuitry tests and run system diagnostics on their products to ensure that the quality and performance of all designed electrical components are satisfactory.
These machines are ideal for connecting electrical components together.
Post Processing Tools
This area includes dedicated tools for cleaning, cutting, sanding and polishing purposes.
These tools include screw driver sets, drills, clamps, measuring devices and series of other components that will facilitate the process of assembling different parts.
These high-resolution digital filming cameras allow members to create professional looking videos to be used for investment pitch presentations, sales and marketing purposes or crowdfunding campaigns.
This high-quality equipment allows members to record professional sounding audio to be added to existing or newly created videos.
Controlled Acoustic Environment
The dedicated media room provides a controlled acoustic environment to help achieve high-quality audio production.
Professional lighting equipment is made available to members to help achieve high-quality video production.
Custom computer workstations are made available with pre-installed commercial 3D modelling software, allowing members to efficiently develop and refine their digital concepts before engaging with the prototyping resources.
Large Scale FDM 3D Printing
This 3D printer has a build volume of 1mx1mx.5m. This means that large-scale components can be produced in a single piece or large quantities of smaller items can be manufactured simultaneously.
Carbon Fibre 3D Printing
This 3D printer is able to incorporate a continuous strand of carbon fibre during the printing process to produce very strong and rigid components. This means that parts made by this machine can be used not only for prototyping purposes, but also directly as end-use parts.
Large Scale Laser Cutting
This machine has similar capabilities to its smaller “desktop” version located in the Prototype Lab, however, it is larger and is equipped with a more powerful laser. This means that such machine is capable of cutting larger and thicker materials within a shorter time.
Capable of manufacturing both 2D as well as 3D objects out of solid blocks of materials. Compared to 3D printing, CNC Machine is able to produce strong end-use components within shorter time frames. It can also manufacture parts in materials that cannot be 3D printed such as certain plastics, wood and aluminum alloys. This machine is ideal if members want to manufacture high-quality components in the same material that will be used for the final product.
Dexter HDI from Haddington Dynamics makes automation accessible in a whole new frontier of applications. thanks to its exciting leap forward in encoder technology. The FPGA supercomputer onboard the robot gets 0.8-1.6 million points of precision (CPR) directly on each of the robot’s joints, allowing extremely imprecise parts to produce extremely precise movement.
This same encoder technology grants two disruptive features: motors no longer need to be placed inside of joints and their resolution is high enough to measure deflections in otherwise ridged components, allowing them to double as precise torque sensors. This drastically reduces the power and structural rigidity required of traditional industrial robots as the heavy motors and gearboxes are no longer being lifted but now act as a counterweight.