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Prototyping and Fabrication Lab

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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:

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…), equipment introductions must be completed before solo-use is permitted. All non-course based equipment introductions must be coordinated through the professional shop staff and may be scheduled by contacting the main lab email:

Equipment Introductions

Equipment introductions are available through a number of different courses, training modules, and one-on-one sessions.

To get an overview of some of the Ford Shop Equipment navigate to NUSTART



The Segal Prototyping and Fabrication Lab is located in the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center B.300.


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