Fabrication Shop


Fabrication Shop

Manager: Bill Bergman
: Jim Van Duyne

The School of Architecture Fabrication facility boasts a recently expanded shop with an eclectic and unique grouping of equipment and technical abilities.  Centrally located on the zero level of the Greene Building it is convenient to the studios above.  Supervised by two full time staff and several student monitors, the shop is usually open 7 days during the Fall and Spring semesters (See Schedule).  The SoA shop is one of four academic shops on campus in addition to one professional machine shop and a materials testing lab.  The RPI Shop community uses a unique online safety course administered through the LMS (Learning Management System).  Shop safety and technique is addressed immediately in the School of Architecture first year experience and is encouraged and enforced throughout the architecture curriculum. Subdivided for safety, the shop’s five separate areas allow for a healthy and productive work environment.

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Fabrication Areas: Main Equipment & Tools

1) Machine Room

  • Large Equipment: 10″ Table Saw, 14″ Band Saw, Radial Arm Saw, 12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw, Scroll Saw, Drill Presses, 18″ Thickness Planer, Oscillating Spindle Sander, Combination Belt/Disc Sander, Wood Lathe, Hot Wire Foam Cutters, Vertical Mill/Drill, Metal Lathe
  • Micro Equipment: 3 Inch Table Saw, 1″ Belt Sander, Micro Vertical Mill and Scroll Saw.
  • Powered Hand-Tools: Routers, Belt/Disc Sanders, Jigsaws, Drills, Circular Saws, Pneumatic Brad Nailer, Pneumatic Stapler, Pneumatic Die Grinder, Angle Grinder, Plate Joiner.
  • Non-Powered Hand-Tools: Chisels, Hammers, Screw Drivers, Pliers, Wire Cutters, Hand Planes, Files and Rasps, Saws.

2) CNC Milling

  • Three Axis Techno Router.
  • 48″x96″ 10 HP Vaccum Bed.
  • Three HP Colombo Spindle.

3) Laser Cutting

  • 48″ x 48″ Vytek FB 100 Watt Laser.
  • 18″ X 32″ Universal Laser 60 Watts.
  • Purex Fume extraction.

4) Rapid Prototyping

  • Z450 Zcorp Printer.
  • Z4 Waxer.
  • ZP150 Powder.
  • 12x18x3 Thermo-former.

5) Ceramic Lab

  • Large Bailey Oval Kiln and small Test Kiln.
  • 30 Ton Hydraulic Molding Press.
  • Slip Casting pumps and tables.
  • Clay mixer and Pug Mill


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