The Illinois School of Architecture is equipped with three fabrication labs; the Wood Shop, the Fab Shop, and the Laser Cutting Lab.
Woodshop and Fabrication Shop
The Illinois School of Architecture Fabrication Shops are available for student, staff, and faculty use once the proper training has been acquired. To learn more download the ISoA Facilities Manual here. The ISoA Fabrication Shops are dedicated to providing a safe and well equipped environment where students are able to explore all aspects of design and fabrication. We provide comprehensive training on all Woodshop tools using a 3 Tiered training system. Tier 1 training is mandatory for anyone wishing to access and use the Fabrication Woodshop. All other training is optional but strongly encouraged. Sign up sheets for the various training tiers are located by the office door in the Woodshop. All training inquiries should be directed to Lowell Miller (Fabrication Coordinator/Shop Manager) and Austin Johnson (Graduate Assistant) at email@example.com.
The Onsrud CNC router located in the Fabrication Shop is open for student, staff, and faculty jobs. Following are requirements for CNC cuts:
-CNC fees are $30/hr for students, staff, and faculty jobs. CNC fees are $75/hr for personal, non-university, and public jobs.
-All appointments must be made 48hrs in advance. All cuts are performed on a first come/first served basis.
-Place in the cut queue is reserved once file is approved and material is on site. All materials must be submitted with a completed CNC milling request form. (Download)
-All submitted files must be made and submitted in Rhino, no exceptions.
We will work to complete your CNC cut in a timely manner. Most cuts completed between 3-5 business days from when file and material are approved.
The Formech 1250 vacuum former is open for student use and some material is available for free. The vacuum former has a 1'x1', 2'x2' & 4'x4' capacity. Work is done on the vacuum former by appointment only. To schedule and appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2017 Wood Shop Hours:
Monday: 9am-12pm, 1pm-9pm
Tuesday: 9am-12pm, 1pm-9pm
Wednesday: 9am-12pm, 1pm-9pm
Thursday: 9am-12pm, 1pm-9pm
Friday: 9am-12pm, 1pm-5pm
LASER CUTTER LAB
The Laser Cutter Lab houses the Illinois School of Architecture’s laser cutters. The lab currently has five Universal Laser Systems Laser Cutters. Students and faculty wishing to use the Laser Cutting Lab must send their files to upload.Arch_La.email@example.com. Their cut will then be processed by our staff and they will receive notification once it is complete.
Two Universal Laser Systems Laser Cutter X-660, 18”x32” cutting area
Three Universal Laser Systems VLS6.60, 18”x32” cutting area
Fall 2017 Laser Lab/3D Print Lab Hours:
If you have any questions regarding the Wood Shop or Fab Shop, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of August 2015, The Illinois School of Architecture has revamped how the Annex Laser Cutter Lab will operate. In an effort to make the labs more efficient and serve more students, our trained staff will be responsible for the cutting of all students’ files.
The Annex Laser Cutter Lab will operate on a first come, first served basis with the Lab Tech on duty operating the machines. Students will submit their files online and drop off their materials to the laser lab. Once both files and materials are submitted, files will be cut by trained staff in the order they are received. Upon completion, the student will receive an email notifying them that their cuts are ready to be picked up.
ANNEX LASER CUTTER LAB
The Illinois School of Architecture operates five Universal Laser Systems laser cutters. All five systems are located in the Architecture Annex Laser Cutter Lab. The lab is operated by trained staff for students and faculty from Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning. Those wishing to use this resource, please see the following information on how to have files cut.
Two Universal Laser Systems laser cutter V-660
Three Universal Laser Systems laser cutter VLS6.60
Our facilities are not open to students, departments or any other entities outside of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Urban Planning. We do not have the resources to support more than our own department’s students.
HOURS OF OPERATION
The Laser Cutter Lab will be staffed during the following hours:
During review times, the lab will make accommodations to make sure files are done in a timely manner.
If you wish to use the Illinois School of Architecture’s laser cutters, you must follow these procedures:
1) Set up your laser files using the laser cutting template file.
b. Name your file in the following format: netID_DateSubmitted
2) First, you must submit your file to upload.Arch_La.email@example.com via email.
3) Second, drop off your material to be cut at the Annex Laser Cutter Lab. Materials can only be dropped off during the hours that the lab is staffed. Place a label with both your name and netID in the clip. We will not accept material until we have your file in the system.
4) Your files will be cut by the trained staff once we have both items. After the materials are cut, they will be taped into the sheet and put back into the storage slot.
5) After your files are cut, you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org notifying you that your materials are ready to be picked up.
To have your materials cut in a timely manner, we must have BOTH your file and materials in hand. It is our goal to have your materials cut within 24 BUSINESS hours during non-review periods. With the increase in submitted files during review periods, this number could increase. Please account for this during your model building periods.
- The Annex Laser Cutter Lab operates on a first come, first served basis. Once we have both your files and materials, it will be next in line. The queue will be determined by the order materials are dropped off at the Annex Laser Lab.
- Files to be cut must be set up in the template available for download above. If it is not properly set up, your cuts will be delayed and/or you will receive an email notifying you what you need to do to fix them. Lab techs will not be responsible for modifying or correcting files. Instructions are listed in the template file on how to set up your cut files.
- The lab techs will only cut files that are scaled to 1:1. Please do not change the template scale, scale your objects down with the correct scale factor.
- When dropping your materials off at the Annex Laser Cutter Lab, they must already be cut to size. The laser cutters have a cutting bed size of 18”x32”. To ensure that your material fits within the cutting bed, it should be cut to 17-7/8”x31-7/8”.
- To get as many students files cut, we will only cut for one student for 2 hours in 1 day. If their cuts are not yet complete after 1 day, the student will be notified. We can either keep your materials on hand or you can pick up the pieces that have already been cut. Should files need to be cut the second day, you will move to the top of the queue. However, if there is no demand for files to be cut for other students, we can continue to cut more than the 2 hour limit.
- Files not picked up within 24 hours from when you received the email notification that your cuts have been done will be discarded. We do not have storage to continue to hold your materials.
- Occasionally, mistakes happen while using the laser cutters. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to determine the cause. In order to help mitigate some of the stress of mistake cuts, we will keep some extra typical use materials (basswood, chipboard, etc.) on hand. Should you be using a material that is not typical and an erroneous cut occurs, you will be credited in the form of laser cutting time.
The V-660’s and VLS6.60 laser systems all have a working area of 18”x32”. The maximum thickness that can be cut by these systems is 0.25”. If you are unsure on a specific material thickness, please contact us BEFORE you purchase your material.
The Illinois School of Architecture maintains a list of a variety of materials to be cut in the laser cutters. Below are lists of both approved materials and non-approved materials.
Materials approved by the Illinois School of Architecture to be used in the laser cutters includes:
- Bristol Board
- Museum Board
- Strathmore Board
- Plywood (Only from Blackline Supply with tag)
- HDF (Only from Blackline Supply with tag)
Materials that are NOT ALLOWED to be cut include:
- Corrugated Plastics
“Only from Blackline Supply with tag” – we have coordinated with Blackline Supply to approve specific materials. These specific material types will only be cut if they are from Blackline Supply.
If you would like to cut something that is not on either list, please contact us before purchasing a material. We are willing to test new materials. However, you MUST provide a sample piece, along with a Material Safety Data Sheet for your material, a minimum of 1 week in advance for us to test. Approval will be left up to lab management.
The Illinois School of Architecture reserves the right to ban or turn away any materials at any time if we feel it will harm the equipment and/or the people in the room.
Use of the laser cutters is billed at $2.50 per 15 minutes. Upon completion of your cuts, a charge will be placed to your account in our billing database. Once a month, this charge will be billed directly to your student billing account for you to pay.
If you have any questions regarding the Annex Laser Cutter Lab, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com. Or stop in during staffed hours and speak with us in person!
Housed in the Annex Laser Cutter Lab, the Illinois School of Architecture maintains 2 Makerbot 3D printers for students and faculty of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning.
2x Makerbot Replicator 5th Generation 3d printers
Our facilities are not open to students, departments, or any other entities outside of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Urban Planning. We do not have the resources to support more than our own department’s students.
Hours of Operation
The 3D printers are accessible any time that the Annex Laser Cutter Lab is opened. The staffed hours are as follows:
The 3D printers operate on a first come, first serve basis. If the machine is not in current use, you are free to use it to 3D print your own file. However, if it is in use, you must return at a later time to set your file up.
For setting up files for the 3D printers, please see the Makerbot File Setup Guide here.
For instructions on how to use and set up the Makerbot 3D printers, please watch the videos provide by Lynda Tutorials (Hyperlink Lynda Tutorials: http://www.lynda.com/cad-3d-printing-tutorials/getting-started-makerbot-3d-printers/156544-2.html). As a student of UIUC, you have free access.
- Lab techs are not responsible for setting up your files. You are required to do that on your own. However, if you need assistance, you can stop by the Annex Laser Cutter Lab and they can help you out.
- Have files ready when you show up to the lab. The computers in the lab are for the laser cutters only and DO NOT have Makerbot Desktop on them. You will be asked to get off these computers if you try to use them.
- If you are caught tampering with other students prints, you will lose your privileges for the 3D printers. If it is not your model, please do not tamper with the equipment.
- You are required to pay for all plastic used during your print. In addition to the actual model, this includes any raft and support material used.
The build volume for Makerbot 5th Generation 3D printers is 9.9 L x 7.8 W x 5.9 H inches.
Use of the 3D printers is billed at $0.15 per gram of the final printed model. When the model is finished being printed, it will be weighed on a scale by the lab technician. This charge will then be placed to your account in our billing database. Once a month, this charge will be billed directly to your student billing account for you to pay.
If you have any questions regarding 3D printing, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or stop in during staffed hours and speak with us in person!