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College of Architecture and Planning University of Colorado Denver

College of Architecture & Planning


College of Architecture and Planning

As a student at the College of Architecture & Planning, you'll have access to this well-equipped and well-maintained 3000-square-foot facility that includes:

  • an After Hours Shop for assembly and wood storage area,
  • a large explosion-proof spray booth,
  • a Laser Cutter Lab that houses two 150 watt (one large format) and two 75 watt laser cutters that is open 24/7. The laser cutter lab is staffed by student employees during the day and well into the evening to assist in the set-up and processing of your model parts. The college is currently exploring the purchase of a 3D printer for this lab to enhance your model making capabilities.

Digital Fabrication Lab 

The 1500-square-foot Machine Room houses the bulk of the woodworking tooling this lab has to offer. A partial list can be seen below. This area of the lab is open to students from 8:00am to 10:00pm Monday through Sunday and is also staffed by student employees. The Design Fabrication Lab is managed and supervised by a full time staff member who conducts all the required training for this facility and is available to students Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm. The expertise of the lab manager and employees is there to help you in creating the designs you envision.

A mandatory “Basic Safety Orientation,” conducted only at the beginning of the semester, is required for all students. Once attended, access to the facilities and all of its other training and resources will be at your disposal. This course is an introduction to the college's and building’s safety polices as well as the proper use of personal safety equipment and safe practices on the smaller shop machines. You may then attend “Tool Seminars,” conducted at the beginning of each semester, to instruct you in the proper use of the larger floor mounted machinery as well as handheld power tools. The intention of these seminars is to familiarize you with each machine available in the shop's inventory and conceptual basis of their use. View the list of approved and non-approved model making materials and techniques.


You can sign up for time in the laser lab to work on your project.   

Currently, the Design Fabrication Lab is open seven days a week with the Machine Room open Monday-Sunday, 8:00am to 10:00pm. The After Hours Shop, Spray Booth and Laser Cutter Laboratory are available 24/7.

Available Tools

Two 10" band saws 
14" band saw 
20" band saw 
Two 20" scroll saws 
Two 10” 5 horsepower table saws 
6"x108" edge sander 
Two 4"x36" belt sanders 
10” and 18" drill press 
Radial arm drill press 
42" Lathe 
8" & 6" jointers 
15" planer 
18” and 24” drum sanders 
12” chop saw 
12” sliding compound saw 
Mortising machine 
Shaper and router table 
Sheet metal combination machine 
12-ton tube bender 
As well as a variety of handheld power tools and hand tools  

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