Please see any Library staff member for tours, instruction, assistance, questions, or to checkout Innovation Lab equipment.
To reserve the AU Library Innovation Lab for groups, events, or use outside of regular business hours, please call the AU Library at 334-953-2888.
The AU Library's Innovation Lab has hardware and applications available for 3D editing, design, and manufacturing
Windows Mixed Reality
HTC VIVE Pro
MSI Gaming Laptops
ASUS Predator Gaming Laptops
Open Broadcaster Software
CUDA capable GPUs
Create physical objects with additive manufacturing
AU Librarians recently assembled a large format Modix "Big 60" 3D printer with a huge printing area of over 8.6 cubic feet! For comparison, that's approximately the same volume as a portable cement mixer or a liquefied Galapagos Tortoise! The "Big 60" is now available and printing in the Innovation Lab at Air University Library.
An Air University instructor inspects a fresh batch of 3D printed items. 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, can disrupt traditional supply chains and logistical models. Prototype or replacement parts can be manufactured quickly and cheaply in-house, without having to contract out or rely on expensive OEM components.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Samuel Contreras)
"Using the 3D printer in the Innovation Lab at the [Air University Library], research assistants have developed prototype parts requested by C-130 aircrews. Once such part was manufactured for the Air Force Reserve’s 908th Airlift Wing at Maxwell. The part is used to support crew seat armrests on the unit’s C-130s. Getting a replacement part from the original manufacturer would cost roughly $300 and an untold amount of time to get; however, a former research assistant, Capt. Ian Watkins, a B-1 crewmember at Dyess AFB, Texas, was able to manufacture the prototype in about four hours for less than $2 in materials."
-Phil Berube, Air University Public Affairs
Aside from a few nuts and bolts, this scale model of a turbofan engine was entirely 3D printed in the Innovation Lab. The cutaway exposes the engine internals, which can be further explored using augmented reality. The model is on display in the Innovation Lab at AU Library.