Prototyping and Fabrication Lab
The role of the Segal Prototyping and Fabrication Lab is to provide an opportunity through design to move from theory to practice in a safe and supportive learning environment. The lab is available to students and faculty in support of their educational project work and is staffed by lab professionals and student lab leaders who are skilled in the equipment and processes necessary for the execution of project designs.
The Segal Prototyping and Fabrication Lab has the following equipment:
- General hand tools
- CAD/CAM/CAE computing resources
- General machine shop equipment
- Laser cutters (cannot cut metal)
- CNC machine tools
- Open assembly space
The list of specific equipment available in the lab is always changing, so the best resource to see what is available is to visit the shop yourself and meet with the shop staff.
Using the Lab
Users are required to take an introductory safety orientation in order to access the lab. Once completed, students are granted general access to the shop, basic hand tools and assembly areas, as well as wildcard access to be able to access open areas after hours.
To use equipment not covered during the safety orientation (mills, drill press, laser cutter…), training must be completed before solo-use is permitted. All non-course based training is coordinated through the professional shop staff and may be scheduled by contacting the main lab email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training is available through a number of different courses, training modules, and one-on-one sessions.
- DSGN 106: Design Thinking and Communication - Training covers general safety, mill, and lathe
- DSGN 345: CAM - Training covers advanced CNC milling
- DSGN 346: Design for Fabrication - Training covers waterjet setup, basic casting
- ME 340-1: Manufacturing Processes - Training covers sheet metal and spot welding
- ME 340-2: Computer Integrated Manufacturing - Training covers advanced CNC milling
The Segal Prototyping and Fabrication Lab is located in the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center SB310.