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Advanced Development Zone

The Advanced Development Zone is dedicated to prototype development. The zone is comprised of two high performance workstations, namely the CAD workstation and the Android/iOS app development workstation. The former is dedicated for CAD, simulation, and animation and the later is dedicated for application development.

Computers with specialized software must be used only for their intended purposes. The Advanced Development Zone workstations are restricted to users who require the benefit of a high performance machine for the successful completion of their project or learning assignment. Specialized software is available on these machines. (See workstation tabs for details.) Patrons are only to use these computers if they require such software for their project(s). Computers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, but depending on demand, a user may be asked to limit their time at the computer workstations to three hours.

CAD workstation




The CAD workstation is a high performance workstation for graphic intense processes like video editing, game creation, fractal art, CAD and prototype development, etc. The workstation has the following configuration:

  1. Intel® Xeon® Six Core Processor

  2. Windows 7 enterprise

  3. 16GB (4x4GB) 2133MHz DDR4 RDIMM ECC  

  4. NVIDIA® Quadro® K2200 4GB (2 DP, DL-DVI-I) (1 DP to SL-DVI adapter)

  5. Dual 23’ WQHD monitors

  6. wireless mouse and keyboard

Software support:


  1. 123D Design

  2. 123D Make

  3. 3Ds Max

  4. Android Studio

  5. Atom Text Editor

  6. Audacity

  7. AutoCAD

  8. Autodesk Inventor

  9. Blender

  10. Eclipse

  11. IntelliJ IDEA

  12. MakerBot desktop

  13. MakerWare

  14. MATLAB​​

  15. Maya

  16. MeshMixer

  17. Microsoft office 2013

  18. Movie Maker

  19. Visual studio

The Android Workstation 


The Android workstation is dedicated for mobile application development, for coding and simulation. 

  1. Windows 7 Enterprise
  2. Intel Core i7 Processor Speed 3.40 GHz Processor (Model i7-2600)
  3. Memory: 4 GB DDR3 1 TB HDD
  4. Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6350
  5. Dual 21’ HD monitors

Software support :


  1. Android Studio

  2. Autodesk 123D

  3. Eclipse JAVA IDE

  4. MakerBot desktop

  5. MakerWare


  7. Microsoft office 2013

Android is a mobile operating system (OS) currently developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Android's user interface is based on direct manipulation, using touch gestures that loosely correspond to real-world actions, such as swiping, tapping and pinching, to manipulate on-screen objects, along with a virtual keyboard for text input. Android's source code is released by Google under open source licenses, although most Android devices ultimately ship with a combination of open source and proprietary software, including proprietary software required for accessing Google services.



Android Development Guides


To begin developing for Android you can follow along with these online tutorials.

For those who are not familiar with the Java language, tutorials can be found here.


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