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Workshop + fabrication
We provide a variety of tools to translate design thinking into tangible objects. These include both traditional woodworking and digital fabrication tools.
Our comprehensive woodworking shop provides all tools required to produce anything from small models to full-sized building components. Students in all SALA programs can use it as a resource for both studio and technical courses. We train our 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 over 50 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:
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.
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.
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.
For the workshop: firstname.lastname@example.org
For digital fabrication: email@example.com
Manager, Facilities + Digital Resources
Workshop + Digital Fabrication Technician
Room 2, Frederic Lasserre Building
Until May 13:
Monday – Thursday*
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
1 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
*9 a.m. - 11 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings are by appointment only
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.
May 14 - July 14:
Tuesday – Thursday
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Other hours can be made available by appointment. Contact Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate.