Monday, February 4, 2013

FABLAB offers Design students exciting opportunities

There is an exciting new workshop available to students in the School of Art & Design.  Through the Discovery Center FABLAB, students will now have access to state of the art tools that will help them design and build extraordinary things.  The FABLAB officially opens their doors on Monday, February 4, 2013 with an open house from 12 p.m. noon to 4 p.m.  The new FABLAB is located in 132 Applied Arts building and will offer students the latest fabrication equipment including a mini-mill, vinyl cutter, laser engraver, router, and 3-D FDM printer. While a Z-Corp printer has been available to Design students for years, the new FDM printer that uses ABS plastic will allow students to put together quality, realistic, and strong prototypes for project presentations and for their portfolios.  These tools, once only available for use in mass production, will now help students compete in their field with others from across the country.  Students in Jennifer Astwood’s and Dr. Whitney Nunnelley’s DES 432 Theory, Application, and Society courses are currently completing training on the available equipment. Training on the equipment involves learning by application.  Below are some students examples.

Vinyl Cutter example by Industrial Design Senior Student Elizabeth Volk

Laser Engraver example by Industrial Design Senior Student Cory Roehl

Another laser engraver example of a piece of driftwood by Industrial Design Senior Student Sam Wellskopf

The FABLAB is the result of a 2012 UW System Growth Agenda Award.  During the week of February 4 – February 8, 2013 the FABLAB will be open for visitors from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit

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