Study Tours

Integrated Study Tour

ARCH 401 + SDC 444
September 21 – 27, 2014

SDC Facilities

The School of Design + Construction Fabrication Labs have a new home in Daggy Hall. We are pleased to offer almost 3500 square feet of maker-space with new tools and upgrades, all conveniently located next to Carpenter Hall.

Our digital fabrication machines (CNC router, laser cutters, 3D printers) are operated by trained shop technicians, with student projects fabricated on a first-come-first-served basis (reservation system coming soon). Analog machines are available for use by students with appropriate training. Some hand tools are available for short-term checkout.

Fab Lab I (Daggy 253) is our 2700 sf full-scale prototyping facility, with loading dock access via an 11’ x 10’ x 16’ 10,000 lb. capacity freight elevator. Digital fabrication includes a 3-axis CNC router capable of milling up to 96” x 48” x 6”, in wood, wood-composites, some plastics, and high-density foam. Fab Lab I also has a complete suite of industrial-grade analog machines, for fabricating wood, wood-composites, and plastics. We are adding capacity for vacuum forming in wood and plastic.

Fab Lab II (Daggy 257) is our 650 sf model-scale prototyping facility, featuring a brand-new pair of desktop 3D printers. Each printer has a maximum build volume of 10” x 6” x 6”, and can print ABS, PLA, and PVA plastics in a wide variety of colors. Other digital fabrication services include laser cutting and engraving in chipboard, thin wood, and some plastics, with capacity up to 24” x 36”. Fab Lab II also has a complete suite of model-scale analog machines, for modeling and prototyping work in wood, wood-composite, and plastics.

For students enrolled in SDC courses, SDC fees cover the cost of using most of the machines in the Fab Labs, although students should expect to supply their own materials (please check with the Fabrications Lab Manager to insure your choice of materials is compatible with our facilities). There is a nominal additional charge for 3D printing, which includes materials.

Access to the Fab Labs requires completion of a brief safety orientation (apx. 2 hours for Fab Lab I, and 1 ½ hour for Fab Lab II). These orientations are offered by appointment throughout the semester, with weekly slots available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. Additional training is available on an as-needed basis during regular lab hours. Beginning Fall Semester 2014, students who anticipate taking furniture design and design-build classes should plan to take the prerequisite Introduction to Analog and Digital Fabrication course.

For current lab hours and digital fabrication reservations, as well as tutorials and case studies of some of our recent projects, please visit us on Facebook.

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Guidelines and Approved Materials (for use with the laser cutter; PDF)

Shop Bot CNC Guidelines (PDF)