Fabrication Lab

Fabrication Lab

Important Information

Supervision & Safety

The lab equipment is available to students, faculty, and staff who have received appropriate training and are working under the supervision of the lab staff.

Please be aware that with heating materials and creating dust on saws and sanders, that particulate matter and off gassing are risks associated with lab use. Masks will be provided for anyone wishing to take precautions against airborne risks.

Additionally, wipe down your working bench and tools before and after use, as well as your hands to prevent dust from collecting in the lab and leaving the lab.

Lab Location & Access

Check the Brightspace page associated with the Fabrication lab to confirm lab availability. A link to the calendar will be available here shortly as we work to fully reopen the lab.

Link to Brightspace page: https://nscad.brightspace.com/d2l/home/13303

The Digital Fabrication Lab is located in Room P218 & P213 on the second floor of the Port Campus.

Using the Laser Cutter

UPDATED Feb 2023. For using the Laser Cutter, please follow this guide to prepare your file prior to the start of any Laser Cutting Session. This information will also be available on the Fabrication Lab's Brightspace page. 

Equipment list

Our Fabrication Lab features a wide range of equipment such as:

  • 3D printers (3 filament, 1 resin)
  • Laser cutter
  • Vacuum former
  • Band saws
  • Scroll saws
  • Belt & disk sanders

Materials Price List

Material Unit Cost
Birch Baltic Plywood 3mm     Square foot (sq.ft)     $2
Birch Baltic Plywood 6mm     Square foot (sq.ft)     $3
Clear Acrylic 3mm     Square foot (sq.ft)     $3
Clear Acrylic 6mm     Square foot (sq.ft)     $7.5
White Acrylic 3mm     Square foot (sq.ft)     $4
Coloured Acrylic 3mm "Trotec"     Square inch (sq.in)     $0.1
Vacuum Forming materials:        
PETG 0.02"     Square foot (sq.ft)     $1
PETG 0.06"     Square foot (sq.ft)     $2
PETG 0.08"     Square foot (sq.ft)     $2.8
STYRENE 0.02"     Square foot (sq.ft)     $0.5
STYRENE 0.04"     Square foot (sq.ft)     $1
STYRENE 0.06"     Square foot (sq.ft)     $1.5