Sci-Arc
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SHOP HOURS
Fall & Spring Terms
Mon-Fri: 8am-12am
Sat: 10am-7pm
Sun: 12pm-11pm

Summer Term
Mon-Fri: 10am-10pm
Sat: 10am-7pm
Sun: 12pm-10pm

OFFICE HOURS
Mon-Fri: 11am-1pm & 7pm-9pm
Sat & Sun: 3pm-6pm

Resources

Kappe Library Art Supply Store
Fabrication Shop Information Technology
Robot House Print Center
FABRICATION SHOP  
The 5,000-square-foot fabrication shop at SCI-Arc plays an integral role in student work, supporting hands-on experimentation with materials and construction. The shop is equipped with state of the art computer controlled (CNC) machines, including laser cutters, 3-axis milling machines, a plasma cutter, powder and plastic 3D printers and a plastics vacuum-former.

Additionally, the shop houses a wide array of traditional metal and woodworking machinery and tools, including new multi-use drill presses and table saws with the latest safety features. The facility enables and encourages innovation with materials including wood, metals, plastics and concrete and allows for the creation and assembly of substantial projects. The shop is staffed with experts who instruct and guide students in the use of the equipment so they can bring their projects to life, from model making to full-size construction of furniture and architectural elements. The shop has space for outdoor work year-round as needed. While primarily for student use, it is open to faculty and alumni depending on availability.

Useful Documents

SCI-Arc Shop Safety Handout

Shop Use Request Form

Tool/Equipment Checkout Form

Special Use Protocol
Applied to all Alumni use and may also be applied to student and faculty use which does not involve regular coursework or school-approved research.

Requirements for Alumni use:
1. Complete the Shop Use Request Form and submit this document to the Shop Manager (rodney_rojas@sciarc.edu)
2. Proof of current medical coverage
3. Re-testing on Shop safety protocols (if graduation date is 2 years or more from present date)

Special Use Fees
- $80 per day, Wood & Metal Shop (1 day=12 hours)
- $50 per hour (1hr minimum), CNC Plasma Cutter
- $50 per hour, CNC Router Mill Use & Programming
- $12 per cubic inch, all 3-D printing
- $1 per minute (first hour), $0.50 (consecutive hours), laser cutter use

 

Computer-controlled machinery

MultiCam 3-axis router mills

  • 4' x 8' tables with 10" of Z-Axis clearance
  • 6-station automatic tool changer
  • 15 hp vacuum & T-slot hold down systems
  • 7.5 hp / 24,000 rpm spindle
  • Shop-supplied cutters
  • Materials: foams, plastics, woods, and some nonferrous metals

Universal laser cutters (2)

  • 18" x 32" beds
  • 60W laser
  • Air assist
  • Red dot alignment
  • Materials: paper, fabrics, foams, plastics, woods
  • Cuts acrylic up to 3/8", wood up to ¼" thick

Plasma cutter

  • 4' x 8' bed
  • 2-Axis CNC
  • Materials: most metals
  • Cuts steel up to 1/16" thick
  • Cuts aluminum up to 1/8" thick

Z-Corp Powder 3D printers (3)

  • 8" x 10" x 8" build envelope
  • Water-hardening powder
  • Color printing capability, including gradient color

Dimension 1200es (ABS) 3D printer

  • 10" x 10" x 12" build envelope
  • Soluble Support Technology
  • Solid color printing capability

Thermoformer

  • 3.5' x 7.5' x 2' formable envelope
  • Can pull up to 3/8" extruded acrylic
  • Materials: all thermo-formable plastics


Wood Shop

Saws

  • 12" Sliding Table
  • 10" Saw-Stop Table
  • 20" Vertical Band
  • 10" Vertical Band
  • 12" Sliding Compound Miter Chop

Drill Presses

  • 1hp Radial
  • 1.5hp Variable-Speed

Sanders

  • 8" Edge
  • 20" Disc
  • 12" Disc

Joiner/Planer

  • 3hp 12"

Wood Lathe

  • 2 hp with 8" Swing


Metal Shop

Band Saws

  • 12" Vertical Band
  • Horizontal Band
  • 12" Abrasive Chop
  • DoAll 10" Horizontal Mitering Band Saw
  • Scotchman 4.5" Mitering Cold Saw

Milling Machines

  • 3hp Variable-Speed 9" x 42" Knee Mill w/DRO and X-axis power feed

Lathe

  • 2hp with 8" swing

Other metal working tools

  • Hydraulic Tube Bender
  • 48" Box Brake
  • 36" Shear
  • Sand Blasting Cabinet
  • Pedestal Grinder/Sanders

Welders/Cutters

  • Aluminum MIG Welder
  • TIG Welder
  • Steel MIG Welders
  • Plasma Cutter

STAFF

Rodney Rojas
Fabrication Shop Manager
rodney_rojas@sciarc.edu
T/F: 213.356.5337

Katsumi Moroi
Shop Master
kmoroi@sciarc.edu

Thor Erickson
Milling Operations Coordinator
thor_erickson@sciarc.edu

Rob DeCosmo
CNC/Fabrication Specialist
rob_decosmo@sciarc.edu

Michael Bauch
CNC/Fabrication Technician
michael_bauch@sciarc.edu

Asami Morita
CNC/Fabrication Technician
asami_morita@sciarc.edu

Richard Nam
CNC/Fabrication Technician
richard_nam@sciarc.edu