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    Materials Lab

    Process
    The Architecture Materials Lab has 10,000 square feet of shop facilities for the exclusive use of architecture students. College programs are deeply rooted in the connection between designing and making. The lab contains tools and machinery for working with wood, metal and plastics and includes a large paint booth. Students build prototypes, models and mock-ups of construction details and take classes on how to use the lab as well as study the working properties of materials, an essential component of three-dimensional design.

    Model Making
    Model making teaches students to deal with the qualities of materials and issues of connection, structure and craftsmanship.



    Instruction
    All first-year students take two semesters of class in the lab, which acquaints them with the techniques to build models and mock ups from wood, plastic, plaster and metal. A short safety orientation class is offered for transfer and graduate students. Electives are also available for more advanced instruction.

    Professor and student look at project on table in large room with machines

    Lab Use
    In order to have access to the equipment in the shop a student must pass a written test that gauges their knowledge of safe work practices.  A short Safety Orientation Class prepares students to pass this test.  These Safety Orientations are scheduled at the beginning of each semester, and signup sheets for these classes are posted by the office in the M&M building. Incoming Freshmen and Program 3 graduate students receive this instruction as part of their coursework and need not take this orientation.

    In order to have access to the laser cutters students must attend a special, one-hour laser orientation.  These laser orientations are also offered at the beginning of each semester and signup sheets are posted by the office in M&M.

    Students can have access to the CNC mill and router and the mass printer by taking special elective classes dealing with digital fabrication.

    Materials Lab Policies for Current Students

    Student working at machine in large model shop room

    Lab Schedule
    When school is in session the Materials Lab is open:

    Monday-Thursday 9 am -10 pm
    Friday 9 am - 6 pm
    Saturday 12 pm - 5 pm
    Sunday 12 pm -10 pm

    Access to portions of the shop are often restricted when classes meet there, particularly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

    Contact
    Shop Office     312-567-3259
    Tool Crib         312-567-3230
    Laser Room     312-567-5895

    Professional Staff
    John Kriegshauser
    kriegshauser@iit.edu

    Michael Gillhouse
    mgillhou@iit.edu

    Brett Balogh
    bbalogh@iit.edu

    Capability
    The Architecture Materials Lab includes a comprehensive collection of hand and power tools for checking out as well as the following stationary equipment:

    Objet Alaris 30 3D Printer
    Precix CNC Router Table
    CNC Bridgeport Milling Machine
    4 Universal 60 wt. Laser Cutters
    6 Table Saws, SawStop 10”
    Powermatic Jointer 8"
    Powermatic 20" Wood Planer
    Powermatic Bandsaw 20"
    Laguna Bandsaw 16"
    Grizzly Bandsaw 16"
    2 Rockwell Bandsaws 14"
    2 Delta Compound Miter Saws
    Safety Speed Cut Panel Saw
    Delta Jig Saw
    2 Bridgeport Vertical Milling Machines
    Rockwell Disk Sander
    Delta Combination Sander
    Rockwell 6" Belt Sander
    3 15" Drill Presses
    Vacuformer 16"
    Laboratory Oven
    Hot Wire Bender
    Hot Wire Foam Cutters
    Cincinnati Buffer
    Sheldon Engine Lathe
    Jet Horizontal Bandsaw
    DoAll Bandsaw
    DiAcro Sheet Metal Shears 36"
    DiAcro Sheet Metal Brake 24"
    DiAcro Bender
    Baldor Grinder
    2 Oxy-Acetylene Welding Sets
    Lincoln Arc Welder
    Miller Spot Welder
    Lincoln Mig Welder
    Lincoln Tig Welder
    Paint Booth 8' wide x 6' deep