Digital fabrication is the way of the future, and this laser lab allows you to engage in this process that joins design with production through the use of 3D modeling software or computer-aided design (CAD) and additive and subtractive manufacturing processes.
The "Fab Lab," as we call it, contains equipment for designing and making 1:1 prototypes of building and furniture components, as well as smaller-scale models. Located in the Architecture Building, room 031, the lab is part of the CAP shops, which includes the woodshop, metal shop, and paint room.
For more information, contact Judy Kreiger.
Regular Semester Hours
You may only enter the Laser Lab through AB 031 and the Wood Shop in AB 029. If either of those doors are closed, that respective area is closed.
Monday--10:00 to Noon and 1:00 to 10:00 pm
Tuesday--10:00 to Noon and 2:00 to 10:00 pm
Wednesday--10:00 to Noon and 1:00 to 10:00 pm
Thursday--10:00 to Noon and 2:00 to 10:00 pm
Friday--10:00 to Noon and 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Open Saturday-- November 16 and November 23 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Sunday--3:00 to 10:00 pm
Closed during Thanksgiving Recess: The Laser Lab will close for Thanksgiving Recess at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26. It will remain closed through the break and re-open on Sunday, December 1 at 3 p.m.
--DECEMBER HOURS BEGIN--
Sunday, December 1 -- 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Monday, December 2 -- 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tuesday, December 3 -- 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Wednesday, December 4 -- 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Thursday, December 5 -- 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday, December 6 -- 10:00 am to Noon and 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Saturday, December 7 -- Closed
--FINALS WEEK (DECEMBER 8 - 13)--
Sunday, December 8 -- 3 pm to 10 pm
Monday, December 9 -- 10 am to noon and 1 to 10 pm
Tuesday, December 10 -- 10 am to noon and 2 to 10 pm
Wednesday, December 11 -- 10 am to noon and 1 to 10 pm
Thursday, December 12 -- 10 am to noon and 2 to 10 pm
Friday, December 13 -- 10 am to noon
Laser Lab will close at noon on December 13th for semester break. The Lab will reopen after the spring semester begins.
Scheduling and walk-in policy
Sign up schedule is available at the check-in desk. The new weekly schedule is available each Wednesday afternoon.
Students are permitted to sign up for 1 hour per day, per person with a maximum of 2 hours per week. This is a change from last semester’s policy.
- 2 – 18 x 32 lasers nearest to the check-in desk are scheduled.
1 hour per day, per person, maximum 2 times a week.
- It is anticipated that if you schedule an appointment for one of these laser cutters that you will arrive on time for that appointment. Missed appointments will be noted by the FAB Lab Attendant on duty. Individuals who fail to show up or cancel appointments will receive a non-refundable $10 fine to their Bursar account for missing their appointment.
- The two lasers closest to the woodshop are walk-in only. A walk-in laser is for individuals who need to make quick cuts.
- Unreserved time slots will be used on a first-come-first-served basis
- If you are 4 minutes late for your appointment, it will be given to the next person in line.
- It will be noted if you do not show up for your appointment. Students who fail to cancel appointments will receive a non-refundable $10 fine. This fine will be charged to your Bursar account just like Wood Shop tool charges.
Lasers may only be used by CAP students, faculty, and staff. For individuals or groups outside the college, you must have permission to use the FABLAB and shop facilities. For permission, contact Dave Ferguson, dean of the R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning.
Laser Cutter Instructions
The maximum thickness of materials used on the laser cutters is 1/4-inch. For materials greater than 1/4-inch thickness, a saw should be used.
The laser lab is for model making. All materials MUST be 1/4-inch thickness or less. Permitted materials on the lasers include Acrylic (from the CRC only), Matte Board, Illustration Board, Chip Board, Balsa Wood, Bass Wood, Plywood, and Masonite. Power settings are provided for each of the permitted materials.
Materials NOT permitted on the lasers include Foam Core, PVC, Steel, or metal of any kind. Other materials not listed here require special permission before use by Judy Kreiger.
NOTE: If you use a material type or a thickness that is not allowed on the lasers, you may lose your laser lab privileges.
NEVER leave a project unattended! While your file is cutting on the laser, YOU MUST REMAIN IN THE ROOM, ensuring that your project cuts safely. If you leave your project, the machine will be shut down.