TEAM Design, Prototyping, and Fabrication Facilities
TEAM (Translating Engineering Advances to Medicine) is in place to speed up the adoption and commercialization of freshly developed technologies through design aid and inexpensive rapid prototyping techniques. A prototype or model of a product or device designed by an engineer must often be created prior to entering production. Taking a design from concept to a tangible object is frequently where the process of innovation bogs down, and good ideas can be lost due to the expensive and time-consuming nature of traditional prototyping.
TEAM’s goal is to take the pain and hassle out of prototyping, so engineers and innovators can test their ideas and get them into production and on the market with minimal delays. TEAM’s advanced prototyping equipment makes it possible to create highly intricate prototypes with complex, moving parts at an affordable cost. Combined with our traditional metal-working fabrication shop, TEAM has everything an engineer needs to bring their designs into reality.
The TEAM Design, Prototyping, and Fabrication Facilities consist of three spaces. The first (room 1010 GBSF), is a Design and Prototyping Space, featuring many of the industry’s most advanced technologies in the fields of 3D printing, 3D scanning, printed circuit board manufacturing, laser machining, and software. The second (room 1705 GBSF), is the TEAM Metalworking Fabrication Shop, a traditional metalworking shop featuring an advanced CNC mill, lathe, and other basic metalworking equipment. The third is the TEAM Molecular Prototyping and BioInnovation Lab. The Molecular Prototyping and BioInnovation Lab extends the prototyping capacity of the TEAM Design, Prototyping, and Fabrication Facilities to the molecular scale by facilitating the design of novel biomolecules (e.g. proteins and nucleic acids), molecular devices, and engineered cellular and cell-free systems (e.g. synthetic biology). The Molecular Prototyping and BioInnovation Lab is a multi-use wet laboratory equipped to facilitate projects in molecular engineering. The laboratory will be equipped with molecular design stations, genetic and biochemical tools for engineering genetic systems, and capability for limited characterization of the molecular devices. The facility has staff support available during the workweek to assist users with project design and molecular construction.
Between the three spaces, virtually everything needed to take a concept from idea to physical object can be found. The TEAM Facilities are primarily in place to support graduate and undergraduate level research for the department of Biomedical Engineering, but can collaborate with others as workload permits.
TEAM Prototyping and Design Laboratory (Top), TEAM Manufacturing Laboratory (Bottom)