Student Resources: Fabrication Lab

Architecture is shifting from the development of drawing sets that specify the assembly of a kit of parts to computational and fabrication methods that have been used successfully in the automotive and aerospace fields for decades. Architects can now design, simulate, fabricate, and evaluate custom components and products that fit the precise needs of the built environment rather than relying on the compromise of a pre-existing solution.​​

The Arch Tech Fabrication Labs prepare students to be the future leaders of our dynamic field by training them in advanced computational methods geared toward the production of architectural prototypes using various digital fabrication strategies including laser cutting, 3D printing, CNC machining, and 3D scanning and digitizing.

 

LASER CUTTING/PAPER CUTTING:

 

  • Universal X660 Laser Cutter:

18”x32” bed laser cutters with 60W lasers for the cutting and etching of a variety of non-flammable materials

 

  • Universal ILS 12-150 Laser Cutter:

24”x48” bed laser cutters with 60W lasers for the cutting and etching of a variety of non-flammable materials

 

  • Mimaki CF2-1215 Paper Cutter

35.7”x47.2” cutting plotter capable of cutting various kinds of media with high accuracy without dies with the use of a variety of knives

 

 

3D PRINTING/MOLDING:

 

  • ZPrinter 650 Powder Fill Color 3D Printer System:

Full-color 3D printing for the generation of 3D models in starch

 

  • Stratasys PolyJet Objet30 3D Printer

High-end prototypes, realistic models with specialized properties in resin

 

  • Ultimaker

 8.8" x 8.8" x 8.1" uses ABS and PLA Filament

 

  • Lulzbot

11.4" x 10.8" x 9.8" uses ABS and PLA Filament

 

  • MakerBot Replicator 2x

 9.8" x 6.3" x 5.9" uses ABS and Dissolvable Filament

 

  • Printrbot

8" x 6" x 8" uses ABS and PLA Filament

 

  • Formech 1372 SA VacuumFormer

A powerful combination of large forming area and wide forming capabilities including heating, cooling, and vacuum reservoir mark

 

 

3D SCANNING:

 

  • Roland LPX-600 3D Scanner

Generates high-resolution (0.009in accuracy), watertight 3D polygonal models with a work surface 10"x16"

 

  • Microscribe G2X Digitizer

Collects point-by-point measurements of a model with an accuracy as fine as 0.009in. in an area of 19.6" x 15.7"

 

  • Faro Edge Arm Digitizer

Preeminent portable coordinate measuring machine (PCMM) that allows easy verification of product quality by performing 3D inspections, tool certifications, CAD comparison, and dimensional analysis.

 

 

CNC MILLING:

 

  • Carvey 3D Carver

Desktop carving machine fully enclosed with a work area of 11.6" x 8" x 2.75" operating spindle 12000RPM up to 1/4" bit

 

  • Roland MDX-540 3-Axis Mill

An operating speed of up to 295in/min for cutting a variety of materials with a maximum volume of 19.6" x 15.7" x 6.1" 

 

  • Roland ZCL-540 Rotary Axis Unit

Allow you to create multi-sided objects automatically without the need for manually flipping the part over, max envelope (4x4x11.25")

 

  • Precix 11100 3-Axis Mill

A 10’x5’ CNC milling machine with a 5HP spindle to form complex 3D surfaces and cut precise contours from sheet materials

       

 

ROBOTIC:

 

  • ABB IRB 140

The IRB 140 is a compact and powerful multipurpose industrial robot with 6 axes.

 

  • ABB IRC5

The IRC5 is a compact and powerful multipurpose industrial robot with 6 axes

 

SENSORS/PCOMP:

 

  • Enviromental sensors

Monitors and control optimal conditions in designated spaces

Occupancy sensors

Data Loggers

Moisture Meter

Infrared Camera

 

  • Arduino Board + Raspberry PIs

An open-source computing platform for developing interactive devices that are able to sense the environment using sensors