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Crough Fabrication Shops

The Crough Fabrication Shop is a comprehensive resource available to faculty and enrolled architecture students as an extension of the classroom and studio. Students are encouraged to work with a wide variety of materials and methods. All incoming students are required to go through orientation. 

The Crough Fabrication Shop includes the Woodshop, Laser Cutting Room, Photo Room, and 3D Printing Lab. The facility is structured as an open environment for material-based learning and research. 

room with 3D printers

  • Woodshop (B007)


    The primary function of the woodshop is to assist students and faculty in realizing their ideas in three-dimension. Carrying a design through construction gives students a better grounding in materials and building techniques while it hones design skills. The woodshop is also used to prepare or post-process digital fabrication materials from the 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC machine.

    A skilled craftsman is always on hand during shop hours to supervise the use of our 1,700 square foot shop.  

    Most tools are available for individuals to operate themselves and include traditional woodworking tools such as table saws, band saws, miter saw, drill press, combination sanders, and small rotary tools. Some equipment, including the jointer/planer, drum sander, and router table, require the assistance of a qualified Woodshop lab tech or shop supervisor. Handheld power tools such as sanders, cordless drills, and heat guns are available for use in the shop. Fasteners, sandpaper, and wood glue is provided for convenience. 

    Access is limited to faculty and enrolled architect students. In addition to the training required for all workshops, users must complete a full orientation in order to have access to the other labs. 

    Available Equipment

    Hand Planes
    2 SawStop T-Glide Fence
    14" Delta Bandsaw
    8" Powermatic Jointer Plainer
    15" Powermatic Thickness Plainer
    12" Milwaukee Sliding Compound Miter Saw Variable Variable  Speed Router Table
    Drill Press
    12" disc/6"x48" Combination Sander
    Spindle Sander
    Jet 14"x42" Wood Lathe
    Jet Benchtop Mortiser
    Tenoning Jig
    DeWalt Scroll Saw
    Delta Knife Belt Sander
    Hot Wire Cutter
    Cordless Drills
    Orbital Sanders
    Biscuit Jointer
    Jig Saws
    Hand Planes
    Various Clamps, Handscrews, Spring Clamps etc.
    Various hand held tools

  • Laser Cutting (B008B)


    Our large format laser cutters are used for cutting or engraving two-dimensional shapes from wood, acrylic, paper products, metal and glass. Accuracy is one of the primary advantages of laser cutting, along with flexibility and repeatability. This process is a lot quicker than traditional mechanical cutting methods and is often used in our classes to create rapid model prototypes, especially in the case of more complex cuts.

    Available Equipment

    Three Universal Laser Systems VLS6.60 with a material processing envelope of 32″ x 18″ x 9″.32" x 18” bed and 60 watt power.


  • CNC Routing (B008)

    CNC Room

    Contains a three-axis 120x60 Shopbot and one Desktop Shopbot

    Available Equipment

    ShopBot Desktop
    ShopBot PRSalpha CNC 120x60
    2 computers with VCarve and Shopbot3 installed


    Documentation ShopBot Desktop
    Documentation ShopBot PRSalpha CNC 120x60
    Documentation VCarve

  • 3D Printing (121)

    Printing Room

    Our comprehensive 3D printing Lab has the latest equipment to aid our students and professors in the development, design and creation of architectural models and sites. All the 3D equipment is free to all students and faculty, once trained. 

    Available Equipment:

    Dedicated computer with 3Dprint software
    6 FDM 3D Printers Ultimaker S53 Custom made Pulse XE Nylon X Advanced Materials FDM printer
    3 MakeiT Pro M High Res Dual Extruder with Extended Z Height
    SLA Formlabs Form 2 with dedicated cleaning station and Preform software
    Roland vinyl cutter
    Sewing machine Sailrite Ultrafeed LS-1
    8 PC computers with different types of 3d modeling from like clay modeling to algorithmic modeling and various slicing / 3d printing software; all computers are equipped with 3D mice and Wacom Intuos interactive monitors.  

  • Finishing (B002)

    Finishing Room

    We are lucky to have a large 200 sqft finishing room which allows our students and faculty to spray most any material in a safe, wind free and dust free environment.

    Available Equipment

    Lemmer T-55 HVLP Finish Sprayer


The Fabrication Lab facility will be closed for Fall 2020. Join us in conversation, browse, or contribute to our Models and Projects Page. ‎‎‏‏‎