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Wood Shop and Digital Fabrication Lab

The Digital Fabrication Lab is equipped with several state of the art CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines, including:

  • A 5-axis CNC router that fully supports digital fabrication of complex design projects.
  • A 3 Axis CNC router used to introduce 3D modeling and creation concepts and complete less complex projects such as producing topographical models and 3D designs.
  • Five laser cutters located in the Laser Fab Lab, provide ample opportunities for cutting edge development to realize design concepts into production that are otherwise not possible by regular wood shop machines.
  • A 3D printer which can produce almost any scaled object for design concept visualization up to 10x10x12 inches
  • Vacuum forming machines, capable of forming up to 24x36 plastic designs
  • 3D scanner (located in the plotter lab) for scanning objects into a digital format.

 It is our effort to provide the students with opportunity to use state of the art equipment to allow them to express their designs, thoughts and ideas in the most effective way.

The Woodshop provides students a hands-on experience to build models and components with state of the art machines. The space is equipped with an array of wood-working and model building equipment, power tools and hand tools. The shop space is an open area visible to public with controlled student access. A shop office is included in the space for direct observation and supervision. Limited space is available material storage.


Building N Woodshop   Monday - Friday

9 AM to 5 PM - Except on the following days:

  • Friday, May 23rd
  • Monday, May 26th [Holiday]
  • Friday, July 4th [Holiday]

*Hours of Summer operation may change due to personnel vacations-

Please CHECK by calling first to verify with the Shop Office-678-915-5537.

Staff will be in the shop working on projects, You may use the shop while we are here.

Building I-1 Woodshop (Subject to change with building completion status)

SAFETY / TRAINING - Fall 2014 semester - TBA

All students using the Digital Fabrication and Woodshop are required to follow all safety rules and to meet stated training requirements before using the shop areas.

General Safety rules

  • No open shoes are allowed in any of the shop and digital fabrication areas. (no flip flops, river shoes, sandals, etc)
  • Safety glasses are required in all shop areas except the Laser Fab Lab
  • Hair longer than shoulder length must be put up or contained so that it cannot be caught in any moving equipment
  • Jewelry – any jewelry that hangs away from the body or that may otherwise become involved with moving equipment must be removed
  • Scarves, Neckties or anything that loosely hangs or wraps around the head or neck are not permitted in the shop.
  • Student provided breathing protection is recommended when working around sanders and other dust producing operations.
  • Hearing protection is not required but recommended in areas when loud equipment such as table saws, air tools and dust collectors are in use.


Training requirements

Training is required for general shop access and all the below listed equipment. Each student must read the fast start guides and sign off that they understand the equipment and its uses and agree to follow all safety, equipment and management rules.

Shop staff will always be on site to assist and demonstrate the use of any equipment. Please do not attempt to change blades or make machine modifications without shop staff approval.

Equipment with specific training requirements:

Stationary Tools (Fast Start Guide)

  • Bandsaws (Fast Start Guide )
  • Table Saws (Fast Start Guide )
  • Panel saw (Fast Start Guide )
  • Drill press (Fast Start Guide )
  • Disc sanders (Fast Start Guide )
  • Wide belt Sander (Fast Start Guide )
  • Planer (Fast Start Guide )
  • Metal cutting bandsaw (Fast Start Guide )
  • Scroll saw (Fast Start Guide )
  • Router table (Fast Start Guide )
  • Oscillating spindle sander (Fast Start Guide )
  • Laser cutters (Fast Start Guide ) (first and second year students are not allowed to use lasers)
  • 3 Axis CNC router (Fast Start Guide )
  • 5 Axis CNC router (Fast Start Guide ) (requires project clearance process and supervision by Prof. Choma)
  • 3D Scanner (Fast Start Guide ) (located in the Plotter room )
  • 3D Printer (Fast Start Guide )
  • Vacuum Forming (Fast Start Guide )
  • Etching Machine (Fast Start Guide )

 Hand power tools (Fast Start Guide)

  •  Routers (Fast Start Guide )
  • Drills (Fast Start Guide )
  • Belt sanders (Fast Start Guide )
  • Disc sanders (Fast Start Guide )
  • Nail guns (Fast Start Guide )
  • Circular saws (Fast Start Guide )
  • Jigsaws (Fast Start Guide )
  • Biscuit jointer (Fast Start Guide )
  • Angle grinders (Fast Start Guide )
  • Power sanders (all) (Fast Start Guide )



Shop Equipment use

  • Read and understand all fast start guides – ask questions !!!
  • Do not adjust equipment settings – staff are only

Shop Etiquette

  • Shop use is a privilege
  • You must clean up the area before you leave the shop
  • Professional behavior is required.
  • Understand that the shop staff are in charge – failure to follow their instructions will result in expulsion from the shop and loss of shop access for the semester.

Laser use   <Architecture Laser Manual>

  • General
    • Time limitations 2 hours per day regardless of machine used
    • Paper signup continues – replaced soon with electronic sign on
    • Cannot sign up and allow someone other than you to use your slot
    • Students will use their SPSU login and time will be tracked
    • Access is restricted to AutoCAD – no internet
    • You are expected to watch your materials.
    • Failure to watch the laser with it cutting/scoring will forfeit your laser rights for the semester
    • Expectations
      • You have read and understand the Laser Fast Start Guide
      • You have downloaded the 24x36 DWG file and imported your data
      • File is ready to run
      • Cut requirements are on the red layer
      • Scoring requirements are on the yellow layer
      • All line widths are set to ZERO
      • You are using approved materials
      • Your data is contained within the cut box in the 24x36 DWG template file
      • Sign up
        • Time limitations
        • Paper signup continues – replaced soon with electronic sign on
        • Cannot sign up and allow someone other than you to use your slot
        • Students will use their SPSU login and time will be tracked
        • Access is restricted to AutoCAD – no internet
        • You are expected to watch your materials.
        • Failure to watch the laser with it cutting/scoring will forfeit your laser rights for the semester
        • Failure to appear
          • 10 minute grace period
          • Anyone on standby can claim the laser after 10 minute grace period
          • Approved Materials -- Students may only cut the following materials
            • Acrylic up to ¼ inch thick
            • Chipboard
            • Museum board
            • Foam board up to 1/8 inch thick –must be watched carefully while cutting
            • Sand ply
            • Wood veneers
            • Solid wood up to 3/32
            • Other materials require approval of shop staff
          • Customizing settings
            • Students may customize cut and score settings. Those settings will be stored on your storage space and will be only available to you.
            • Saving modified setting to the default PC3 file is not allowed
          • Laser Cleaning schedule
            • Shop staff will schedule regular times on the signup sheet for cleaning the lasers.

CNC Router Use

  • 5 Axis
    • Review the policy document
    • Complete the requested use forms
      • <download the 5 Axis Project approval forms and instructions>
      • Submit your project documentation to Prof. Choma and Dave Peeples for review and follow the approval process instructions.


  • 3 Axis
    • Review the policy document
    • Submit a request form approved by ARCH faculty for the project to Dave Peeples
      • Approval is required from your professor
      • <Download 3 Axis CNC project request form and instructions>
      • The student may be required to provide router bits for custom work.
      • If approved authorized shop staff will guide the student through the tool path process, mounting of the materials, loading of bits, and supervise the carving of the object.