Digital Fabrication Shop
The Digital Fabrication Shop features two 3-Axis CNC routers: A 4’ x 4’ x 6” TECHNO CNC mill and an 8” x 8” x 8” Roland CNC mill. Both mills are employed for specific courses within the department available to students in year 4 of the B.S. Arch program and years 1-2 of the M. Arch degree program. Both mills can be employed for varying forms of work such as mold constructions, full-scale planar fabrications, small-scale part fabrications, and three-dimensional surface investigations.
Bed Size: 4’ (x) x 4’ (y) x 6” (z)
Tool sizes: ¼” and ½” Shank Diameter
Materials: Wood, Foam
Software: Rhinoceros should be employed for modeling. RhinoCNC is available for NC compiling in the Historic Preservation Lab. Other Compliers may be used by students, but a simulation of the toolpaths including mill-time estimates must be viewed and verified by the instructor and CNC coordinator / operator prior to approval for cutting.
Bed Size: 8” (x) x 8” (y) x 8” (z)
Tool Sizes: 1/8” Shank Dia, Various Bit Diameters
Materials: Wood, Foam, Acrylic, Aluminum (with approval of CNC coordinator and operator)
Sofware: Rhinoceros should be employed for modeling. Roland Milling Software is installed on all lab machines within the department for use in NC compiling prior to milling.
MILLING RULES AND GUIDELINES
Use of the CNC mills is restricted to academic work only. You may not use them for personal projects, work for professional firms, or for academic work outside of Temple University.
The CNC mills are available to students enrolled in courses requiring CNC usage as part of the course curriculum. Students in year 4 of the B.S. Arch program and years 1-2 of the M. Arch degree program may use the mills, but only with approval of their course instructor and the CNC coordinator / operator. Competency in formatting work for milling must be proved prior to access.
Students may not operate the CNC mill. Only trained personnel may operate the CNC mill. Unauthorized use of the mill will result in immediate suspension of milling privileges.
Students must supply all materials for milling, including sacrificial pieces of material should their cuts require the tool to penetrate through the piece of material to be cut.
Students must submit and review their file with the CNC coordinator / operator prior to mill time. Once approved, students will be scheduled for milling as soon as convenient. Please understand that the process from review to approval can take up to one week. Priority in scheduling will be given to students enrolled in classes with compulsory milling work.
Students are expected to maintain a high level of respect for the CNC mill operator. Disrespect to the operator will result in immediate suspension of milling privileges.
The DFS is located on the ground floor of the Architecture building in room 109.