The University of Arizona College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture Material Labs is an extension of our pedagogical mission to provide environments to explore, model, fabricate, and test design ideas. The labs make up in total a 9,000 sq. ft. (830 sq. meter) facility providing a professional quality environment and equipment accommodating a wide variety of materials including woods, metals, concrete, ceramics, glass, plastics, CNC tools and digital fabrication.
The labs are open to all CAPLA students and faculty during the fall and spring semesters from 8 am to 10 pm, seven days a week, depending on monitor availability. They are closed for winter/summer breaks. Please contact the Material Labs manager for additional information: Paulus Musters firstname.lastname@example.org
Policies and Procedures
The Labs are governed by policies that ensure the safety and appropriate use of the facility for all its users. All users of the Labs are responsible for understanding and complying with these policies.
Please note that there are tests to take to gain access to various aspects of the Materials Lab. They are available here: Laser Test, Wood Test, Metal Test. You will not be able to login to use the laser cutters until the test is passed. Please allow up to 2 business days for access to be granted. If you aren't logged into the website, please do so by clicking the LOGIN button at the bottom of the page.
Tools for basic ceramic work include wheels, kilns, extruders, slip tables etc., a 30 ton ceramic press, and a 3D printer.
The concrete lab is located directly outside the wood lab on the covered deck. This is reconfigurable space designed to work with materials such as concrete or plaster and is the only space to work with aggregate materials in the building. The concrete lab is open 24 hours per day, has light, electric, air lines and water. The concrete lab must be kept clean and projects we are not informed of may be recycled or removed weekly. There is no storage of models in the labs, and models fabricated there must be removed as soon as finished.
The digital lab has a Universal Testing Machine, digital microscope, and a materials resource library. The 3D printers are housed here and in addition two sewing machines.
Glass fusing and related processes
The helidon lab located in room 207, west building is used for photographing students models while in a simulated light environment with a sun tracking mechanism.
The Labs have three Universal Laser Systems solid state laser cutters useful for etching patterns or cutting virtually any 2-dimensional shape from a wide variety of thin materials such as acrylic, chipboard, wood veneer, and thin plywood. The lasers open 24/7 during the semester.
The machining lab has a 14” LeBlond lathe, Bridgeport Knee Mill, The vacuum forming tool is also located here and the wash out bath for the Dimension 3D prints.
The metal lab has an inside area for cold metal fabrication and an outside area (the covered deck) for hot metal fabrication including MIG, TIG, gas and Arc welding, plasma, grinding etc. We have tools for basic metal work cutting, bending, rolling, shearing, forging, and casting. Students must purchase their own materials for their projects.
In the synthetics lab we work with rubbers, plastics, resins, casting, spin casting, roto- casting, vacuum chambers etc.
Wood Research Material Lab
The Fred R. & Olga K. Pace Wood Research Material Lab are professionally staffed by two professionals and a dedicated group of student monitors. The wood lab has 4000 sq ft. of equipment and fabrication space. The Shop Sabre CNC router is also located in the wood lab.