Fab Lab Capabilities for Community Support During COVID-19
Description/Statement of Work
AMRoC Fab Lab is a 7500 sq. ft. public Fabrication Laboratory in Tampa, FL. While the facility is not equipped for large scale manufacturing, it does have the following capabilities that can be scaled with enough staffing and materials support:
• 3D printing – 6 filament machines and 4 Phrozen resin printers
• Sewing machines - 6
• Lasercutter – desktop
• Machine shop equipment – saws, drill press, hand and power tools
• Electronics lab
Coming online soon – and can be expedited with appropriate funding:
• Wazer desktop water jet
• Tormach or similar CNC
AMRoC Fab Lab is prepared to assist however possible, and as the facility is managed by an independent, non-governmental nonprofit organization, it is agile and adaptive. The facility can retool for additional equipment and has a strong array of partners. Additionally, the Fab Lab has a solid professional staff and a strong volunteer base from which to draw.
With public programs currently suspended, AMRoC Fab Lab can be employed as small-scale community-based factory to supplement and support larger efforts, and to fill in gaps where identified. The facility is within three miles of the University of South Florida, Advent Hospital, James Haley VA Hospital, Shriners Healthcare for Children, and Moffitt Cancer Center.
At this time, AMRoC can support small scale but steady production of:
• 3D printed respirator valves
• 3D printed ventilator and other medical equipment parts
• 3D printing & sewing of PPE parts and elements
• Sewing of supplemental face masks
Additional capabilities can be supported with additional equipment and approved materials.
FCDI and AMRoC Fab Lab have a diverse directory of partnerships, including:
• eSmart Recycling
• Hillsborough County Office of Economic Development
• PLUGHITZ Corporation
• Synapse Florida
• Tampa Innovation Partnership
• The CEL (Community Engagement Lab)
• The Lightning Foundation
• Ultimate 3D Printer Store
• U.S. Auto Training
• University of South Florida College of Business
• University of South Florida College of Engineering
• University of South Florida Research and Innovation
Each of these partners, and a few others, bring expertise, and access to resources, equipment, and more to programs and projects developed at or run from AMRoC.
AMRoC Fab Lab is an independent public Fabrication Laboratory with space and capability to provide small scale but valuable supplemental support for the Tampa medical and health care community. Existing resources and equipment can support 3D printing of respirator and ventilator parts, PPE needs and face masks. With additional funding and staffing support, AMRoC Fab Lab can expand capabilities to meet higher production needs.
Terri Willingham – Executive Director, Foundation for Community Driven Innovation