The Digital Fabrication Studio is a state of the art facility that houses 3D printers, laser cutters, computer-controlled milling machines, 3D scanners, and other equipment that allows students to integrate digital modeling and control into fabricated objects. The studio is open to all MICA students and serves as a hub for innovative interdisciplinary work. The dFab studio hosts classes from a wide variety of majors including Sculpture, Architectural Design, Fiber, Ceramics, Animation, Interactive Arts, and more.
The dFab studio also supports innovative research in art and design. The Digital Fabrication Studio is a facility open to all MICA students, and hosts classes from a wide range of academic departments. It houses laser cutters, 3D printers, and CNC mills, with support from trained technicians. This facility also hosts classes that integrate digital technologies into fabrication processes, including the creation of objects from digital 3D models and the integration of electronics into made objects. This is not a service center where you drop off a file and pick up an object; this is a studio where artists and designers are actively engaged in making and learning. Students must review the information on this web site prior to using the studio. The use of some equipment is limited to students who have completed a course that teaches that equipment.
The studio supports 3D printing with very high resolution photo-polymer printer(Objet30), a high resolution powder-based printer (ZCorp 310), and plastic extrusion printers (RepRap). Laser cutting is done with a 120 Watt Trotech Speedy 300 and a 60 Watt Accuris laser cutter. The studio is equipped with CNC mills including a Multicam Classic (50" x 100" x 4"), a Roland MDX-40A (12" x 12" x 4" or 10.6" x 4" diameter with the rotary axis), and a Roland MDX-20 (6" x 8" x 2"). A Roland LPX-1200 DS is available for high resolution 3D scanning of objects up to 16" tall and 10" in diameter. Other tools in the studio include a jig saw, soldering irons, multimeters, Plexiglas cutter, and basic hand tools.
The Digital Fabrication Studio is commited to hands-on learning, creative applications of new technology, and an open-source ethos of community and sharing.
Digital Fabrication Studio Manager