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Research Computers
Used for: Product-related research on the internet.
Installed programs: Web browsing
Limitations: No e-mail or social networking

Design and Fabrication Computers
Used for: Creating designs for fabrication on CNC and CAM machinery such as laser cutter, vinyl cutter and milling machine. Mainly open-source programs that can be freely copied or downloaded.
Installed programs: Open-Office Draw, Inkscape, GIMP, Sketch-Up, etc.

Surface Design Computers
Used for: High quality surface designs for branding, packaging and display. Also used for sublimation, fabric transfers and embroidery digitizing.
Installed programs: Adobe Creative Suite, Corel Draw as well as open-source programs (see above)

3D Design Computer
Used for: Creating digital 3D designs for fabrication on 3D machines
Installed programs: SolidWorks, Sketch-Up, 123D, Blender

Document and Film Scanners
Used for: Scanning physical documents, drawings and designs as well as film strips and slides, and converting to a digital format such as Jpeg or PDF.
Size limitations: A4 / 35mm film

Graphics Tablet
Used for: Inputting drawings and designs directly into digital formats
Size limitations: A4

Inkjet Printer
Used for: Printing colour proofs of designs created on the surface design computers
Size limitations: A3 and smaller


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