Workshop + fabrication

We provide a variety of tools to translate design thinking into tangible objects. These include both traditional woodworking and digital fabrication tools.

Woodworking shop

Our comprehensive woodworking shop provides all tools required to produce anything from small models to full-sized building components. Students in all programs can use it as a resource for both studio and technical courses. We train students in the safe use of tools and machines appropriate to their projects.

The shop is located in the basement of the Lasserre Building and has two areas. The machine room contains most of the equipment and is open about 60 hours per week. The assembly room with benches, power, and some machines is available around the clock. You can sign out a large selection of hand tools and portable power tools for use in the assembly room, at your desk, or even outside of SALA.

Digital fabrication tools

In addition to tradition woodworking tools, we have several types of digital fabrication devices. They shape materials by directly reading data from computer files. This allows the construction of objects that would be difficult to make otherwise. These devices include:

CNC router

Our three-axis CNC router is capable of cutting out parts in 2D or milling shapes out of material in 3D. A common use for this machine is to mill the topography of project sites for studio courses.

Die cutter

Our die cutter works similar to the laser cutters to cut paper and thin card stock for use in models or displays. It directs a knife through the material being cut.

Laser cutters

Our two laser cutters use energy from a carbon dioxide laser to cut through or etch into materials. Applications include creating contour models and cutting out building parts or parts for experimental machinery.

3D printers

3D printers can create detailed models that would be hard to realize by traditional means. The printers use a thin wire or filament of PLA plastic to build models up layer by layer.

You must book access to 3D printers, laser and die cutters, and CNC router.

Materials for sale

We sell a range of commonly used materials in the workshop. If you need materials we do not stock, please speak to the workshop staff about possible sources.

Contact information

Nick Scott
Workshop Manager
nscott@sala.ubc.ca

Graham Entwistle
Workshop Assistant
gentwistle@sala.ubc.ca

Room 2, Frederic Lasserre Building
604.822.2810

Hours

Monday – Thursday
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Friday
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.