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University of Miami School of Architecture Fabrication Lab

U-SoA’s modeling and fabrication facilities provide students the opportunity to turn their conceptual design projects into physical representations, allowing them to elaborate on the techniques learned in design courses. The fabrication facilities serve as an augmented area for exploration, prototyping, and design thinking through making. Studio assignments and research projects are pursued during the staffed lab hours under the supervision of a full time Fabrication Director and Student Lab Monitors.

Immediately adjacent to the design studios, the modeling and fabrication facilities occupy approximately 3,300 square feet and include both digital and analog fabrication equipment. Along with traditional woodworking tools and machinery, students have access to 3D printers, powder printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters and CNC milling.

General Resources

The Fabrication Lab at the Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building

The Fabrication Lab at the Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building (TPMDSB), has a series of machines for rapid prototyping and design experimentation. These machines allow students to quickly transfer ideas from the digital realm into physical objects. These resources include:

Four Universal Laser machines. These machines include higher watt, large format machines that have cutting beds (24” x 36”) and two with a smaller 24” x 18” cutting bed. 

Four new Ultimaker F.D.M. 3D printers. Two are Ultimaker 3 Extended and two are Ultimaker S5, the largest FDM printer-to-date by Ultimaker. All have dual extruders and will have white PLA as printing material and PVA as support material. 

For fine grain resolution models students will also have access to the Z-350 powder printer at the TPMDSB Fab Lab. The ZCorp 350 Powder Printer uses a fine powder in combination with a binder to create models of extreme precision and detail.

There is also a 53” vinyl cutter that allows students to cut vinyl, adhesives, papers, and circuit boards out of spools of material without a machine limit in length.

U-SoA is also actively sourcing a robotic arm to be installed at the lab as soon as possible.

Instructional Materials

The Fabrication Lab Team has assembled a series of instructional manuals for student use to help encourage the use and exploration of all of its equipment. 

Downloadable Instructional Manual (Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio)

YouTube Instructional Videos

 Fab Lab Hours:

Monday 9:00am - 8:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 8:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 8:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 8:00pm  
Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm                       
Saturday 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Sunday 2:00pm - 6:00pm


Manager: Max Jarosz, Registered Architect

Lead Lab Assistants:  

Salah Alsharari
Michael Cannon
Marco Fernandez
Regyne Hertelou
Morgan O’Brien

Lab Assistants:

Mohamed Hussain Alhammadi
Nawaf Almutairi
William Barret
Michael Burke
Jordane Bloomfield
Emily Fusilero
Celia Hernandez
Daniel Kamb
Jennifer Lamy
Shannar O’Connor
Sofia Ojeda
Jasmine Page
Alexandra Remos
Jack Shao
Andrea Szapiro
Reid Yenor

Follow us on Social Media:

Instagram: @UM_SoA_Fab
Youtube: @UM_SoA FabLab