Materials Labs

A student welding metal in the materials lab

The CAPLA Materials Labs support our mission to provide environments in which to explore, model, fabricate and test design ideas.

In total, the labs comprise a 9,000 square-foot facility, providing a professional quality environment with equipment accommodating a wide variety of materials including metals, woods, concrete, ceramics, glass, and plastics.  With CNC tools, robotics, lasers and 3D printers, the labs support digital as well as analog fabrication. In addition, we have a Model Lab, allowing students 24/7 access to a range of smaller-scale woodworking tools, lasers and 3D printers, once safety requirements are met.

The labs are governed by the policies below in order to ensure your safety and appropriate use of the facility. Users of the labs are responsible for understanding and complying with these policies. Access will be provided only upon successful completion of the following:

  1. A one-time in-person training in the labs
  2. An annual proctored safety procedure online test accessed through your studio class
  3. A signed formal contract asserting your agreement to abide by lab rules and regulations

During the fall and spring semesters, the labs are open to all CAPLA students and faculty who have passed the safety requirements. Generally, hours are from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon - 5 p.m. on the weekends. Labs are closed for winter/summer breaks. Please contact the Material Labs Manager for additional information.

A student using a drill press in the materials lab at the College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture
A student with a faculty member assessing a 3D mold for material fabrication
Model Lab
Digital Lab in the materials lab at the college of architecture, planning and landscape architecture