Investigation of materials, prototyping and testing, physical mock-ups and the application of new fabrication processes is integral to the design culture at the GSD. In support of these pursuits the Fabrication Lab features a wide range of equipment, ranging from robotic arms, CNC routers and miling machines, 3D printers, and laser cutters, to a well-equipped shop for wood- and metal-working. The Lab is structured as an open environment for material-based learning and research, using a wide range of materials including foam and wood, metal and plastics, as well as composite and smart materials. Scale models and full-size prototypes are produced by students and faculty of all departments and all programs of study at the GSD.
The Fabrication Lab features a wide range of equipment:
- Laser cutters
- CNC Machine Tools
- Robotic Waterjet and Robotic 6-Axis Mill
- 3D Printing
- Wood Shop and Metal Shop
The lab is managed by Rachel Vroman, Burton LeGeyt and Chris Hansen, fabrication/technology specialists. Peter Christiansen provides administrative support. Additional technical support is provided by a team of approximately 80 trained students. Together they provide advice and assistance regarding all work that takes place in the lab, maintain an extensive arsenal of devices and machines, and monitor safety.
Please visit the Fabrication Lab website for more details.