The Rehabilitation Engineering Center is based out of a shop that fosters innovation and creation of new rehabilitation and assistive devices. The REC Shop possesses a state-of-the-art Stratasys FORTUS 250mc rapid prototyping system, a drill press, and common shop tools and fastener supplies. Work stations are outfitted with robust 3D modeling software (SolidWorks 2016) as well as electronics prototyping software for printed circuit board design and software development. Mechatronics supplies and soldering equipment are also available for the design and prototyping of custom electronic devices.
In addition, the Assistant Director of the facility has a faculty appointment within UNL’s Mechanical and Materials Engineering program allowing full access to facilities supporting device design, robotics, and mechatronics research and teaching. The facilities are well-equipped with all standard test and measurement equipment, electronic and computer components, and other support equipment including multiple computer workstations. A variety of simulation, design, and analysis software (e.g., Matlab, SolidWorks, ADAMS Multibody package) is available. Major equipment includes a Rapid Prototyping System for fabrication of complex shapes, a Surface Mount Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Manufacturing System for prototyping small electrical circuits, an Epilog laser cutter, and a full complement of Mechanical Fabrication Equipment for building prototypes. An extensive Electronics Shop provides additional support (e.g., in-house PCB design and fabrication). The Machine Shop is fully equipped with computer-controlled machining capability.
The Rehabilitation Engineering Center also maintains a membership with the Nebraska Innovation Studio within the Nebraska Innovation Campus for the use of several advanced machines to efficiently manufacture more unique prototypes including 3D printers, 3D scanner, PCB board router, throwing wheels, sewing machines, soldering stations, oscilloscopes, DC power supplies, rework stations, vacuum pens, solder pots, hand tools, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, hand power-tools, table saws, panel saws, miter saws, band saws, scroll saws, belt sanders, disc sanders, drill press, CNC router, wood lathe, and stationary grinders. All the facilities and grounds of the Rehabilitation Engineering Center, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and the Nebraska Innovation Studio are accessible to persons with disabilities.