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CAPABILITIES AND SUPPLEMENTAL SHOP TRAININGS:

3D Printing
Goal: Provide an in-depth look at how the 3d printers in the department of architecture work, as well as how they compare to other available technologies.
Useful for: Building complex forms, usually in layers, for representational modeling or functional prototypes. Also called additive manufacturing.
Hands-on: no
Skills: ZCorp print excavation and cleaning
Maximum Group Size: 12
Length of time: 60 minutes
Location: 3-402A
Required before first use: recommended
Privileges granted: n/a


4-Axis CNC Router
Goal: Introduce 4-axis CNC machining concepts
Useful for: Rotating a workpiece about one axis and machining from all sides, as in a table leg or column.
Hands-on: no
Skills: workflow and access protocols
Maximum Group Size: 12
Length of time: 60 minutes
Location: 3-410
Required before first use: recommended
Privileges granted: none


Abrasive Jet Machining (waterjet)
Goal: Introduce abrasive jet machining (waterjet) concepts
Useful for: Cutting 2D profiles in sheet materials up to 4" thick, typically metals but cutting nearly any material is possible.
Hands-on: no
Skills: workflow and access protocols
Maximum Group Size: 6
Length of time: 30 minutes
Location: 3-402
Required before first use: yes
Privileges granted: with TA


Aluminum Casting
Goal: Demonstrate the process of sand casting aluminum
Useful for: Making structural components with complex forms, especially multiples.
Hands-on: no
Skills: workflow and access protocols
Maximum Group Size: 6
Length of time: 3 hours
Location: N51-160 yard
Required before first use: yes
Privileges granted: with TA


Carpentry
Goal: Become comfortable working with tools, materials, and processes common to on-site (small scale) construction.
Useful for: Quickly building armatures and frames for installations, supporting formwork, etc.
Hands-on: yes
Skills: Measuring, marking, cutting, clamping, fastening, etc.
Maximum Group Size: 12
Length of time: 60 minute demo, 60 minute practice
Location: N51-160 or E14-151
Required before first use: no
Privileges granted: n/a


Ceramics - Hand Building
Goal: Safety training in the ceramics shop, and exposure to techniques for producing multiples, understanding the sequence and timing of ceramic production.
Useful for: Making sculptural and functional ceramic parts, such as tiles, mugs, etc.
Hands-on: yes
Skills: ceramic handbuilding - slab construction
Maximum Group Size: 12
Length of time: 2 hours
Location: E14-151
Required before first use: yes
Privileges granted: yes


Circuit board machining
Goal: Introduce the Modela mill and circuit board machining workflow
Useful for: Machining custom-designed circuitboards to prototype custom electronic circuits.
Hands-on: no
Skills: demonstration of machine setup, programming, and operation
Maximum Group Size: 6
Length of time: 30 minutes
Location: 3-402A
Required before first use: yes
Privileges granted: yes


CNC knee mill
Goal: Introduce precision machining concepts
Useful for: Precision machining of metal components from the size of a matchbook to a toaster oven, often for assemblies. Other materials such as foam, wood, or wax may be used.
Hands-on: yes
Skills: basic fixturing, locating material with an edge finder, dimensioning stock, milling, drilling, etc.
Maximum Group Size: 3
Length of time: 2 hours
Location: N51-160
Required before first use: yes
Privileges granted: with TA


CNC programming (Mastercam)
Goal: Introduce basic Mastercam workflow and toolpaths for programming CNC routers and mills
Useful for: Creating toolpaths to output g-code to routers, mills, lathes, robots, and other CNC machine tools.
Hands-on: yes (laptop with Mastercam X7 installed is required)
Skills: workflow and toolpath setup
Maximum Group Size: 50
Length of time: 90 minutes
Location: Long Lounge
Required before first use: recommended
Privileges granted: n/a


CNC Router
Goal: Introduce CNC router capabilities concepts
Useful for: Machining 2D profiles or 3D surfaces in wood-based materials, foams, and plastics, from the scale of a toaster oven to a full sheet of plywood.
Hands-on: no
Skills: workflow and access protocols
Maximum Group Size: 12
Length of time: 60 minutes
Location: N51-160
Required before first use: no
Privileges granted: no


Composites (thermoplastic)
Goal: Introduction to thermoplastic composites workflows
Useful for: Making thin-shell components at a variety of scales with good strength to weight ratios.
Hands-on: no
Skills: workflow and access protocols
Maximum Group Size: 6
Length of time: 60 minutes
Location: 3-412
Required before first use: yes
Privileges granted: n/a


Composites (thermoset)
Goal: Introduction to thermoset composites workflows
Useful for: Making thin-shell components at a variety of scales with good strength to weight ratios. Resins are hazardous when uncured, and require special training and handling protocols.
Hands-on: yes
Skills: workflow and access protocols
Maximum Group Size: 6
Length of time: 2 hours
Location: 3-402 or E14-151B
Required before first use: yes
Privileges granted: yes


Concrete
Goal: Introduction to concrete work
Useful for: Making high-strength compressive structures, such as freeform furniture and building components.
Hands-on: no
Skills: workflow and access protocols
Maximum Group Size: 12
Length of time: 30 minutes
Location: N51-160 or E14-151
Required before first use: yes
Privileges granted: yes


Masonry
Goal: Introduce various types of masonry construction through looking at research projects in the N51-160 yard
Useful for: Building freeform structures from unitized components such as brick, tiles, or stone.
Hands-on: no
Skills: workflow and access protocols
Maximum Group Size: 12
Length of time: 30 minutes
Location: N51-160 yard
Required before first use: yes
Privileges granted: yes


Metal Turning
Goal: Introduction to precision turning concepts
Useful for: Making precision, concentric parts out of metals that are often part of larger assemblies. Wood or plastic may be possible in some circumstances.
Hands-on: yes
Skills: basic turning operations (turning, facing, boring, parting)
Maximum Group Size: 3
Length of time: 90 minutes
Location: 3-412
Required before first use: yes
Privileges granted: with TA


MIG Welding
Goal: Introduction to MIG welding
Useful for: Rapidly building large, strong armatures from steel and other metals. MIG welding is fast, and relatively easy to do, though less precise than other processes. Materials other than steel are possible, but more difficult.
Hands-on: yes
Skills: design for metal, cutoff, forming, weld prep, welding
Maximum Group Size: 3
Length of time: 45 minute demo, 45 minute exercise
Location: E14-151B or N51-160 yard
Required before first use: yes
Privileges granted: with TA


Moldmaking (life casting)
Goal: Create multiple copies of body parts from a live model
Useful for: Reproducing parts of the human body, with a focus on materials that are non-toxic, and safe to use in contact with skin.
Hands-on: yes
Skills: plaster moldmaking, silicone moldmaking
Maximum Group Size: 6
Length of time: 3 hours
Location: E14-251
Required before first use: no
Privileges granted: yes


Moldmaking (soft silicone tooling)
Goal: Teach the process of making a mold from an existing object and casting into it.
Useful for: Creating multiples of a model in a variety of castable materials.
Hands-on: yes
Skills: silicone block mold, silicone brush-on mold
Maximum Group Size: 12
Length of time: 3 hours
Location: E14-251
Required before first use: recommended
Privileges granted: yes


Robotic Arm
Goal: Introduction to the robotic work cell in 3-412, robotic fabrication concepts
Useful for: Digital control of processes you can do with one arm. Procedural programming is possible, driven by current state and sensing. Precise, but not always accurate, robotic arms can be challenging for beginners to program.
Hands-on: yes
Skills: jogging the robotic arm, defining tools and bases
Maximum Group Size: 3
Length of time: 90 minutes
Location: 3-412
Required before first use: yes
Privileges granted: no


Screen Printing
Goal: Learn to produce graphics, burn screens and print a single-color design on paper or fabric. Understand the possiblities for graphical and technological expression with non-standard materials and colors
Useful for: Creating multiples of a graphic on a variety of materials.
Hands-on: yes
Skills: pre-press graphics, screen production, printing
Maximum Group Size: 12
Length of time: 2 hours
Location: E14-251
Required before first use: yes
Privileges granted: use of screen


Sewing/Textiles
Goal: Learn to operate sewing machine, and basic design for garment construction
Useful for: Joining fabric to produce clothing, membranes, sculpture, etc.
Hands-on: yes
Skills: thread machine, hem, seam
Maximum Group Size: 12
Length of time: 45 minutes
Location: E14-251
Required before first use: recommended
Privileges granted: yes


Sheet Metal
Goal: Create a sculptural form using sheet metal. Explore the strengths and weaknesses of thin gauge steel
Useful for: Creating strong, stiff, thin, durable components to be used as sculptures, cladding panels, enclosures, etc.
Hands-on: yes
Skills: power and hand shears, brake bending, forming, riveting, spot welding
Maximum Group Size: 6
Length of time: 45 minute demo, 75 minute exercise
Location: E14-151B
Required before first use: no
Privileges granted: yes


Soldering (electronics)
Goal: Introduction to soldering
Useful for: Attaching surface mount devices (SMD) to circuit boards, attaching wires, repairing existing electronics, etc.
Hands-on: yes
Skills: setup and operation of soldering stations, basic SMD soldering techniques and strategies
Maximum Group Size: 6
Length of time: 30 minutes
Location: 3-402A or E14-251
Required before first use: no
Privileges granted: n/a


Steam Bending
Goal: Introduction to solid lumber steam bending and bent-lamination bending
Useful for: Creating non-linear components out of lumber while maintaining the strength of continuous grain.
Hands-on: no
Skills: workflow and access protocols for steam bending processes
Maximum Group Size: 12
Length of time: 60 minutes
Location: N51-160
Required before first use: recommended
Privileges granted: n/a


Thermoforming
Goal: Introduction to Formech 686 and thermoforming concepts
Useful for: Creating deep-draw, thin-shell components where the performance of fiber/resin composites is not required. Component size limited by machine size.
Hands-on: yes
Skills: setup and operation Formech 686 thermoforming machine
Maximum Group Size: 6
Length of time: 30 minutes
Location: 3-402A
Required before first use: yes
Privileges granted: yes


TIG Welding
Goal: Introduction to TIG welding
Useful for: Rapidly building large, strong armatures from steel and other metals. TIG welding is slower than MIG, and requires more practice, but offers more precision and is often preferable for thinner materials and more control over appearance. Materials other than steel are possible, but more difficult.
Hands-on: yes
Skills: cutoff, forming, weld prep, welding
Maximum Group Size: 3
Length of time: 45 minute demo, 45 minute exercise
Location: E14-151B
Required before first use: yes
Privileges granted: with TA


Wood turning
Goal: Introduction to the wood lathe
Useful for: Producing concentric parts in wood, such as chair stretchers, woodcarver's mallets, sandcasting rammers, etc.
Hands-on: yes
Skills: basic turning
Maximum Group Size: 6
Length of time: 60 minutes
Location: N51-160
Required before first use: yes
Privileges granted: yes


Woodworking
Goal: Overview of traditional woodworking joinery and designing for solid lumber construction
Useful for: Making furniture, and other structures, out of solid lumber, where appearance and performance are both important.
Hands-on: yes
Skills: Squaring lumber, measuring and marking, hand sawing, chisels, mallets, testing and troubleshooting
Maximum Group Size: 12
Length of time: 60 minute demo, 60 minute practice
Location: N51-160
Required before first use: no
Privileges granted: n/a