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March 13: Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture Opens State-of-the-Art Digital Fabrication Lab


Eric Sloss                          

Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture Opens
State-of-the-Art Digital Fabrication Lab

PITTSBURGH — The Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture has opened a new digital fabrication lab, or "dFab." Conceived as a hands-on facility to serve students during all five years of their education, the lab is a vehicle for the use of advanced digitally driven design, prototyping and manufacturing equipment. The digital fabrication lab fosters a context through which students and faculty are better equipped to understand digital design and the manufacturing processes.

"The lab provides a necessary and progressively seamless bridge between the virtual and physical worlds," said Jeremy Ficca, founder and director of the lab. "The lab will equip young professionals with the critical thinking skills to thrive in increasingly fluid and technologically sophisticated models of practice."

At a size of approximately 3,000 square-feet, dFab consists of a range of prototyping and manufacturing equipment that allows for 2- and 3-D additive, subtractive and deformation processes. Additionally, high-end computer-aided manufacturing workstations provide access to advanced fabrication and simulation software.

The centerpiece of the lab, an industrial 4' x 8' computer-controlled milling machine was used by Ficca and a group of undergraduate students throughout the fall semester to design, prototype and fabricate partitions, display surfaces and furniture located throughout dFab.

Laura Lee, head of the School of Architecture, said, "This facility is a natural fit in a school of architecture with a strong legacy of innovation in design education and at a university renowned for the advancement and application of technology."

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