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

Please note - if you have already completed basic or advanced training, you can reuse these sign-up appointments for specific machine training or refreshers in the Model Shop. 

Request A Consultation

If you would like to discuss strategies for model making or any fabrication task, please book
an appointment with the Model Shop Manager below: 


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

Rental Tools

Students may borrow tools from the Model Shop for use outside of the shop. Please visit
the shop to see if the tools are available and request a model shop lab assistant to fill out the
form below:

Tool Rental Form

Model Shop Hours

Monday 9:00am - 8:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 8:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 8:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 8:00pm  
Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm   
Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 6:00pm


Director: Max Jarosz, Registered Architect

Manager: Michael Cannon, B. Archmsc55@miami.edu305-284-5904

Lead Lab Assistants

Laura Petrillo

Lab Assistants

Diego Ascanio
Andrea Baussan
Keely Brunkow
Catherine Calhoun
Jack Chazotte
Robert Sims Dubon
Ashley Lee
Deigo Macias
Ainsley McMillan
Grace Mikrut
Tammy Minh
Jayson Moron
Danielle Natale
Riley Oram
Sophia Palomino
Astrid Plant
Sam Reisfeld
Kiki Simmons
Shari Soavi
Mercan Yanyali
Sage Zheng

Social Media

Instagram: @U_SoA_dfat

Youtube: @UM_SoA FabLab