Inside SCI-Arc
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

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


Kappe Library Art Supply Store
Fabrication Shop Information Technology
Robot House Print Center
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

Woodshop Safety Test

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.

  • Shop use fee of $80.00 will be waived for alumni the second Saturday of each month between the hours of 10-3pm (except for blackout dates during mid-terms, finals, and thesis)
  • Use is determined by the Shop Manager on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Reservations must be made in advance via email to the Shop Manager
  • Fee exemption is on the basis of personal use only; any client-based or paid work will attract the regular shop use fees
  • Shop user must assume responsibility for personal liability and related insurances.
Please note that the Special Use Protocol on the site applies to all alumni use.

Requirements for Alumni use:
1. Complete the Shop Use Request Form and submit this document to
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
  • Alumni laser use is limited to Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm, please direct requests to Shop Manager Rodney Rojas at

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

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


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

Wood Shop


  • 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


  • 8" Edge
  • 20" Disc
  • 12" Disc


  • 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


  • 2hp with 8" swing

Other metal working tools

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


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


Rodney Rojas
Fabrication Shop Manager
T/F: 213.356.5337

Katsumi Moroi
Shop Master

Thor Erickson
Milling Operations Coordinator

Michael Bauch
CNC/Fabrication Technician

David Hendren
CNC/Fabrication Technician

Asami Morita
CNC/Fabrication Technician