Student working in the Materials Lab
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Materials Lab

Materials Lab

The Materials Lab provides space, equipment, and trained personnel to assist design students in their work. Design ideas that originate in the studio can be implemented in three dimensions in the Materials Lab. Full-scale working prototypes and scaled models can be made to present design proposals.

Though College of Design students must provide their own materials for projects, the Materials Lab includes a complete wood shop, metal shop, paint booth and laser-cutting machine. The lab employs a range of equipment from traditional hand tools to modern CNC equipment. College of Design students may work in a range of materials including plastic, concrete, and fabrics. Power- and hand-tools are available for checkout by students currently enrolled in Design courses.

Lab Equipment

Digital Printing + Sewing Studio

  • Epson 9800 ink jet printer 42″
  • 3 computer work stations
  • fabric storage
  • digital embroidery machine

Fibers + Dye

  • 4 burner stove sealed glass cook top
  • vented stove top hood
  • set of scales
  • large stainless steel sink
  • eyewash station
  • assorted steamers
  • UV exposure and vacuum table
  • 5′ x 20′ fabric print table / storage cabinets
  • 2 dye storage cabinets (locked)
  • 6 color, 4 station carousel silkscreen press
  • silkscreen storage rack
  • washing machine and dryer
  • 2 knitting machines / Brothers 260 + 860
  • 2 sewing machines
  • 3 ironing boards, 6 irons
  • Maytag Mangle
  • Large T-squares for print tables (registration boards)
  • Misc. PVC tubes and stainless steel tubes
  • 1 large gallery cabinet 80 compartment
  • inventory cabinets in kitchen
  • 2 Industrial reliable 4 thread sergers
  • 10 industrial Juki Straight Line Machines
  • 4 industrial Walking Foot Machines
  • 4 Bernina Sewing Machines
  • 10 Singer Heavy Duty portable machines
  • Reliable stream press
  • High steam iron and vacuum board
  • 2 steam ironing stations
  • 35 dress forms in various sizes
  • Commercial refrigerator
  • Hepa filtered dye mixing cabinet/scales
  • Screen drying cabinet
  • Screen exposure and vacuum table

Materials Lab – Wood Shop

  • 2 10″ SawStop table saws
  • 14″ band saws
  • 6″ belt sander
  • 20″ disc sander
  • Oscillating spindle sander
  • 5′ x 10′ panel saw
  • Sliding compound miter saws
  • 12″ wood lathe
  • 16″ drill presses
  • 6″ scroll saw
  • 4′ x 8′ CNC Router

Materials Lab – Metal Shop

  • 13″ machine lathes
  • Vertical knee mills
  • Bridgeport CNC vertical knee mill
  • Southwest Industries CNC vertical bed mill
  • 17″ drill press
  • 8″ surface grinder
  • 52″ foot sheer
  • 32″ foot sheer
  • 24″ slip roller
  • 36″ slip roller
  • 48″ magnetic finger brake
  • 30″ mechanical finger brake
  • 30″ bar brake
  • 72″ sheet metal brake
  • Horizontal metal cutting band saw
  • Tinsmithing hammers and anvils
  • Hossfield metal bender
  • Hydraulic tubing bender
  • Pullmax metal former

Materials Lab – Welding Shop + Miscellaneous Items

  • MIG welder
  • TIG welder
  • Plasma cutters
  • Oxygen/Acetylene torch
  • Spot welder
  • 2.5 cu in oven
  • 2.5 cu in kiln
  • Spray booth
  • Sandblast cabinet
  • 24′ x 24′ vacuum former