Digital Fabrication

The Sam Fox School’s digital fabrication labs, FAB LAB I and FAB LAB II (Digital Initiative Lab), support studio and coursework assignments, as well as independent research projects conducted by students and faculty. They feature fully equipped facilities for building models and fabricating prototypes. Students work with a wide variety of materials, including wood, plastic, and paper products. Beyond the fabricating equipment and tools typically found in wood and metal shops, the School’s equipment includes laser cutters, three-axis CNC mills, and a plastic 3-D printer.

FAB LAB I’s equipment includes:
4 Universal Laser Cutters: 18″ x 36″
Cost is $2.50 for every 15 mins of cutting

5 3-D Printers
1 Fortus 370 (14″ x 12″ x 12″)
3 Makerbots ABS/PLA 3D PRINTERS
1 Big Builder PLA 3D printer
Costs for 3-D prints vary by machine, print size, and volume

FAB LAB II’s equipment includes:
1 Axyz, three-axis CNC router 1HP spindle and 7-position tool changer, 96″ x 60″ x 12″
$20 dollars per hour of cut time

1 Elkom, preheating/thermoforming oven, 39″ x 39″ x 1″
No charge

1 VLT, Silicone Membrane Press, 96″ x 48″ x 15″
No charge

Schedule Time
For laser cut scheduling go here.
1) Log in with your Wustlkey at the top right corner.
2) Click on the laser cutter calendars.
3) Verify a monitor is working at time you want to cut.
4) Enter your name and number for that time.

For CNC, email the manager to schedule time: cncwashu@gmail.com.

For 3-D printing, email the manager to schedule time: samfox3Dprinting@gmail.com