The FirstBuild Microfactory is divided into four sections: an interactive space for brainstorming and product demonstration, a lab for prototyping, a shop to fabricate components, and a build floor where products are assembled.
In addition, we have a large compliment of tools available for you to use. Please check with the FirstBuild team for machine rates.
FirstBuild also stocks and sells a number of materials which you can pickup in our shop.
Below is a list of “main attractions” for each of our Microfactory sections. For a complete list of machines and specifications, visit the FirstBuild Microfactory Wiki.
Conference Rooms, Whiteboards and Co-Working Space
We have a number of spaces throughout the FirstBuild to help you brainstorm, sketch, huddle or hack.
With a build volume 6 x 8 x 3 inches, HandiBot can mill plastics, woods and soft metals like aluminum. More info >
The Makerbots are user-friendly 3D printers that enable you to manufacture realistic prototypes and models on demand. Located in the makerspace, the Makerbots require stl files.
The Universal laser cutter, located in the makerspace, is a flexible machine that can cut and etch many materials for unparalleled results. Adobe Illustrator files are need to use this laser.
Our electronic benches, located in the makerspace, equip you with the electronic tools needed for your prototype. Some of the tools in this section include the Weller Soldering Irons, Sparkfun Rework Stations, Rigol Oscilloscopes and Tektronix DC Power Supply. More info >
The Amada Laser can quickly and efficiently cut mid to thick metal materials. Due to safety restrictions and the nature of this machine, this Laser is limited to only in-house, authorized operators.
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The Maxiem 450 Water Jet is recommended for cutting aluminum or steel sheet and requires .DXF files. More info >
The CNC Press Break uses hydraulics to bend sheets of metal. Due to safety restrictions and the nature of this machine, this Press Break is limited to only in-house, authorized operators. More info >
The Shop Bot is used for cutting, carving, drilling and machining different materials. More info >
Our Haas VF-2 CNC mill is a vertical-axis CNC machine that requires Solidworks files. More info >