U-SoA Model Shop

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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.

The Model Shop at the La Gorce House

At the Model Shop, students have access to individual and group workstations that give students an additional area to work on larger projects. Each area is equipped with a panel of hand tools located on the wall adjacent to the work station.

Students will also have access to a new ShopBot PRS Alpha CNC in addition to an older ShopBot Buddy CNC. The PRS Alpha has a 48” x 96” bed, a 14” Z axis, a more powerful spindle and faster travel speeds. It is also equipped with an automatic 10 tool changer and a hold down vacuum system. The ShopBot Buddy has a bed size of 24” x 48”.   

Additionally students have full access to a series of physical prototyping machines including, bandsaws, table saws, panel saws, planer, jointer, lathe, belt and disc sanders. 

Request Training

Beginning and Advanced Training slots are available by appointment using the following links below: 

Basic Training
Advanced Training

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. 

Hand Tool Manual
Wood Working Equipment Manual
YouTube Instructional Videos

Model Shop Hours

Monday 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 1:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 7:00pm  
Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm                       
Saturday Closed
Sunday 12:00pm - 4:00pm


Manager: Max Jarosz, Registered Architect

Lead Lab Assistants

Salah Alsharari
Michael Cannon
Morgan O’Brien
Reid Yenor

Lab Assistants

Lillian Acosta
Nawaf Almutairi
William Barret
Emily Fusilero
Xinyi Huang
Nicholas Ingold
Daniel Kamb
Jennifer Lamy
Jake Leonardi
Sofia Ojeda
Quinn Reisch
Alexandra Remos

Social Media

Instagram: @UM_SoA_Fab
Youtube: @UM_SoA FabLab