To address the needs of entrepreneurs making physical hardware, the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) launched a design studio in 2015. The design studio reflects ATDC’s commitment to meet the needs of entrepreneurs who need help and guidance throughout the process of creating and launching physical product companies.
The space is open to ATDC Accelerate and ATDC Signature companies by invitation only. It is focused on those startups designated as ATDC hardware companies. A fee is associated with usage. The space is operated by the companies and moderated by ATDC.
Equipment in the space includes:
- 3D printers
- Laser cutter
- Electronics stations (o-scope, bench top power supplies, soldering iron, reflow oven, hot air rework station, stereo microscope, board warmer, anti-static pads)
- RTV molding and casting area
- Press break
- Arbor press
- CNC mill
- Spindle sander
- Belt sander
- Drill press
- Horizontal band saw
- Vertical band saw
- Downdraft sanding table
- Air filtration
- Air compressor
- Shop vac(s)
- Miscellaneous hand tools, clamps and, fixtures
- Vinyl cutter
- CAD workstation
The design studio is partitioned into two separate areas: Lab and Shop. This separation is done for safety and access. Each area is restricted and available only via RFID readers and managed by the safety officer of your company.
The Lab will include tools and equipment typically considered safe. The Shop area includes tools and equipment that require higher safety considerations.
Basic qualifications include the need to access the studio for your company. Each company must assign a safety officer who will write a complete set of safety documentation for all tools and equipment within the ATDC Design Studio. Each company must add Georgia Tech to its insurance, meet the minimum product liability coverage, and sign a lease amendment agreement.
To see if you qualify and to access the ATDC Design Studio, contact your catalyst or EIR.