The Robotics and Digital Fabrication Laboratory (RDF) is a state-of-the-art facility with robotic arms, 3D scanners, laser cutters, programmable objects, and 3D printers.  The lab offers unique technology solutions for design, testing, prototyping, and fabrication. RDF is an extension of FIU’s Integrated Computer Augmented Virtual Environment (I-CAVE), which is a fully immersive and interactive facility.  These facilities are designed to support diverse and innovative ways of using high end visualization equipment for digital fabrication as well as advancing fabrication technologies and tools through visualization.


Through the integration of high end visualization and automated manufacturing, the lab offers a unique setting for collaboration among faculty, students, and our industry partners. Our aim is to create a nurturing environment for learning and research through experimentation, collaboration, and access to some of the most advanced digital technologies. We aspire to become a catalyst for invigorating research, development, and entrepreneurship by bridging the gap between the virtual and physical world.

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Summer Enrichment Camps

Attendees will learn the fundamentals of robotic arms operations using the 3D modeling software Rhinoceros, the visual programming tool Grasshopper, and its plug-in KUKA prc. The workshop will be organized as follows:

Day 1 Introduction to Visual Programming
Day 2 Robotics Operation, End of Arm Tooling, and Fabrication
Day 3 Robotic Foam Cutting, and Painting Techniques
Day 4 Custom End of Arm Tooling Development
Day 5 Project Design and Development

Attendees will learn the fundamentals of Arduino microcontrollers and its application, as well as building an interactive smart instrument using servo motors, and distance sensors. The workshop will be organized as follows:

Day 1 Introduction to Arduino Microcontroller, and Smart System
Day 2 System Assembly, and Intro to Sensor’s Programming Modules
Day 3 Infrared Sensor, and Servo Motor Programming Modules
Day 4 Program of Smart System
Day 5 Learn how to Add Additional Sensors

Attendees will learn the fundamentals of the 3D modeling software Rhinoceros, and its visual programming tool Grasshopper in order to create digital parametric designs. Attendees will also learn how to 3D print their own designs and will get to keep their creations.The workshop will be
organized as follows:

Day 1 Introduction to Rhinoceros, and Grasshopper
Day 2 Visual Programming with Grasshopper
Day 3 Visual Programming with Grasshopper, and Design Concepts
Day 4 Design Development
Day 5 Fundamentals of 3D Printing Techniques, and Software

Attendees will learn how to create real time visualization tools such as desktop PC 2D and 3D computer games. Attendees learn how to use 3D modeling software Rhinoceros, and real-time visualization software Unreal Engine to create immersive environments.The workshop will be organized as follows:

Day 1 Introduction to 3D modeling software Rhinoceros
Day 2 3D Modeling of Environment
Day 3 Introduction to the Game Engine ‘Unreal Engine’
Day 4 Creation of Immersive Environment with 3D objects
Day 5 Deployment of Immersive Environment into Desktops

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