The Digital Science Center offers powerful Mac and Windows workstations equipped with a suite of specialized software. Please see below for a detailed listing of what hardware is available in the DSC.
43 Dell Precision T5500 Workstations
Each Dell Precision T5500 workstation has 2 Intel Xeon CPUs, 1 TB of memory, 12 GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA Quadro 4000 display adapter for graphics intensive applications. Each is currently running Microsoft Windows 7 in 64-bit mode (or 32-bit when necessary).
Click here for a list of PC software available in the DSC.
10 Apple Macintosh Pro Workstations
The iMac workstations have 3.2 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5 processors, 1 TB of hard disc memory and 16 GB of RAM for graphics intensive applications. Each is currently running Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite.
Click here for a list of Mac software available in the DSC.
Peripherals & Printing
Connexion 3D Mouse
The 3Dconnexion SpaceExplorer is used for 3D navigation; push, pull, twist or tilt the 3Dconnexion cap to simultaneously pan, zoom, and rotate a model or environment.
Manuals are located on the workstations:
- PC: Start > Applications > 3D Mouse
- Mac: System Preferences > 3Dconnexion >
Configure: > Demos
The Connexion 3D mouse will work with the following DSC software:
• 3D Studio Max Design
• Adobe Acrobat Pro
• Adobe Photoshop
• Google Earth
8 Fujitsu fi-6230 Scanners
The Fujitsu fi-6230 scanners feature fast, 40ppm/80ipm scanning in monochrome and grayscale, 300 dpi color scanning at 30ppm/60ipm, duplex scanning, advanced paper handling for feeding reliability, and a 50-page automatic document feeder with hard embossed card scanning.
HP 4515 Laser Printers
The Libraries and CUIT (Columbia University Information Technology) provide networked laser printers throughout the Libraries. Printing is based on a printing allowance, or quota, system, charged at the rate of $0.10 per page.
Mac Adapters to VGA
The following Mac to VGA adapters are available for checkout and use in the Science & Engineering Library at the communal workstations or in the presentation practice rooms:
• Mini DisplayPort to VGA
• Micro-DVI to VGA
• Mini-DVI to VGA
• Mini-VGA to VGA
The VGA adapters are checked out from the Science & Engineering Library Circulation Desk as 2-hour reserves. Fees may be assessed for late return of the adapters, however an adapter may be renewed within the 2-hour check-out period.
Makerbot Replicator 2 3D Printer
The Libraries recently purchased a MakerBot Replicator 2 as an experiment to engage users in a number of software programs already provided by the Libraries (AutoCAD, 3DS Max, Maya, etc.). If use of the Replicator 2 is high, we hope to expand our offerings in this 3D ecosystem in the future.
ProScope HR Handheld Microscope
Once installed, ProScope HR software basically works like the LCD screen on your digital camera. The main viewscreen displayes what the ProScope HR 'sees' in real time until you're ready to capture the image or video with the ProScope software.
Raspberry Pi Ultimate Camera Kits
The Science and Engineering Libraries provide five (5) Raspberry Pi Ultimate Camera Kits for checkout; each includes one Raspberry Pi 1, model B+ edition, one micro-SD card pre-formatted with the NOOBs operating system, one raspberry pi camera module, HDMI cables, wifi adapter, AC power adapter, solderless breadboard, male-to-male jumper cables, heatsinks, LEDs, resistors, and more.
The ZoomText keyboard is designed for anyone who struggles to see the lettering on their keyboard. Each key and button label is 36-point text in a high-contrast color scheme.
The ZoomText keyboard also provides quick access to ZoomText (9.04 and later) features. Eighteen dedicated buttons allow you to instantly start ZoomText, change magnification levels, toggle screen enhancements, etc.
- Electrical outlets are available at all individual carrels
- Tables are configured with electrical outlets on all floors
- Extension cords are available at the Circulation Desk for Mac power adapters that will not fit into the tabletop electrical outlet