In collaboration with the Workshop, a range of materials are made available for students within the Faculty of Architecture to purchase for use with the FABlab equipment. Most standard materials remain at a constant stock to accommodate for high volume use during the busiest times of the year, though one should always check with the workshop to see if the desired material is available.

Best practice: Don’t know....Ask.

Laser cutters:

Students with proper training on the laser cutters are encouraged to test and use non-standard materials, to help fully explore their design intent. Most materials are able to be etched with the laser cutter; cutting through material is relative to a materials thickness and density. Below is a sample list of materials that are able to go into the laser cutter.

Acrylic | Paper | Cloth | Solid Wood | Plywood | Plastic* | Laminates* | Glass | Foils
*No PVC products (polyvinyl chloride) | No ABS products |

CNC Router:

The CNC router requires materials that are able to be held in a stable position. The amount of torque that can be placed on a material while cutting can easily destabilize a material, causing it to fly off the bed. Due to this risk every situation is unique and requires discussion before a project can move forward. Below is a sample list of materials that are able to go on the CNC bed.

Solid Wood | Plywood | Acrylic | Insulation Foam | Laminates | Non-ferrous metal

3D printer:

Materials for 3D printing are always relative to the type of machine which an individual engages with. From metal to skin cells, 3D printers continue to expand their material palette to accommodate for a variety of structural and tactile needs. Our two types of 3D printers can print in:

White Powder | ABS Plastic | PLA Plastic