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Rapid Prototyping Studio

Tools for Digital Manufacturing and Prototyping

The RPStudio is not accessible to any CCA users for individual use at this time; it is only available as a manufacturing service

Please contact Cody McCabe with any concerns: cody.mccabe@cca.edu

Laser Cutter
Main Building
SF Campus

Rapid Prototyping Studio "Service Bureau"

The Rapid Prototyping Studio will be offering "Laser Cutting" and "CNC Routing" on a service-bureau basis on the SF campus for the Spring 2021 term. To use this service, users must be enrolled (or an active member of the CCA community). It is recommended that you have previously attended an orientations on the equipment to you would like your design produced with. Should you need assistance setting up your files for manufacturing please refer to the Rapid Prototyping and Digital Fabrication Software Coaching.

This service could be open to all local students. Please refer to the "about" section of this page for more information.

Covid Informational Links:

CCA's COVID-19 Prevention Plan

CCA Return to Campus: Maximum Impact, Minimum Contact

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Cody McCabe

Digital and 2D Studios Operation Manager

About the Rapid Prototyping Studio

The Rapid Prototyping Studio is a prototyping and fabrication space enabled by computerized machinery. Tools include CNC Laser Cutters/Engravers, a Vinyl Cutter, and CNC Routers.

During Covid, the Rapid Prototyping Studio has been converted to a "Service Bureau"

To use this service, users must be enrolled (or an active member of the CCA community). It is recommended that you have previously attended an orientations on the equipment to you would like your design produced with. Should you need assistance setting up your files for manufacturing please refer to these software coaches:

https://geetika14.youcanbook.me/

https://chaitanya.youcanbook.me/

https://davidbleu.youcanbook.me/

https://californiacollegeofthearts-design.youcanbook.me/

This service could be open to all local students, with priorities given in the following order:

  • Graduating seniors and graduate students
  • Faculty generating instruction specific materials
  • Students enrolled in a hybrid course
  • General student population
  • Other CCA users

After these priorities are assigned, orders will be completed in the order they are received. Expected turnaround time is about 3 days for Laser cutting and more time for CNC. Reasonable limits for service usage will be established that are consistent with the amount of time usually available to CCA students under normal operations.

Laser Cutting Process:

Step 1: Users will submit their files for review via google form HERE

Step 2: Once the file is reviewed and approved for manufacturing via email, users will be notified at they may drop off material at the pick-up/drop-off area near the front security desk of 1111 8th street.

Users may either purchase laser safe materials through ARCH , which will deliver your materials to 1111 for cutting -or- drop off purchased materials from another sources themselves.

*note: please make sure to put your name on your material!!!*

Step 3: Users will be notified when their order is completed and available for pickup.

CNC Router Process:

Step 1: Users will submit their files for review via google form HERE

Step 2: File setup for CNC is very time intensive and specific. The studio manager may request a zoom appointment to confirm the setup of your file. Once the file is reviewed and approved for manufacturing via email, users will be notified at they may make an appointment to drop off material with the Studio Manager.

Step 3: Set up and Drop off your material on campus. Material for the CNC is specialized and large scale -- usually full-size sheet goods or user-fabricated laminated blocks. The student users will need to bring this material to campus, which would need to be done by appointment with the RPS staff. Users may either purchase CNC materials through ARCH -or- drop off purchased materials from another sources themselves. Any material that must be "laminated" or otherwise prepared must be done so by the user. If you need to access the camps to do so, please fill out the appropriate "campus Access" form in workday.

*note: please make sure to put your name on your material!!!*

Step 4: Users will be notified when their order is completed and available for pickup.

3D Printing

We will continue to provide access to filament 3D printers via equipment checkout, which provides more utility to the students and keeps the amount of users on campus low. Checkouts available for 2 weeks, with 1 day between checkouts for cleaning/repairs. Printing material will be provided by the student, with guidance from RPS staff. For a 3d printer checkout, please email shops@cca.edu

Covid Informational Links:

CCA's COVID-19 Prevention Plan

CCA Return to Campus: Maximum Impact, Minimum Contact

Specializing in These Materials

  • Acrylic
  • Cardboard
  • Fabric
  • Glass
  • Masonite
  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Plywood
  • Rubber
  • Stone
  • Wood

Tools and Equipment

  • CNC Laser Cutter/engravers (5)
  • CNC Router (1)
  • Vinyl Cutter (1)

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