Texas Tech University

Digital Fabrication Lab

The Digital Fabrication Lab specializes in computational design, computer-aided manufacturing CAD/CAM, and rapid prototyping technology.

This lab gives students and faculty the possibility to work together on specific geometry-related topics and use the latest numerically-controlled equipment for prototyping. Mini-lab work stations are equipped with VCarve software and operate, among others, equipment in the Digital Fabrication Lab in the College of Architecture.

Double exposure of building, people, and birds with an architectural structure.

CNC Router

Short for "computer numerical control," the CNC Machining process uses pre-programmed computer software to direct the movement of fabrication tools and machinery. Our Shopbot 10"x96" CNC Router with an added PRSalpha ATC can cut materials such as wood, composites, plastics, and foams. It can perform the same tasks as many carpentry shop machines such as the table saw, the spindle molder, and the boring machine as well as mortises and tenons.

Robotic Arm

The Kuka KR 10 R1100 Sixx is a 6-axis programmable mechanical arm that can mimic many functions of a human arm but is capable of replicating precise movement over and over without the fatigue prone to the human body.

Laser Cutter

Our Universal (VLS460 & X660) and Boss (LS3655 & HP5598) laser cutters use focused laser beams to cut or engrave a variety of materials (up to 48" x 96") and create a high-quality finish.

Woodshop saws
Boss laser cutter
ShopBot CNC
3D Lab with Prusa printers

Drag Knife

The Donek Tools Drag Knife can be used in conjunction with the ShopBot desktop 24"x36" CNC to cut almost anything you would cut with a utility knife but with the speed and precision of a CNC router. Donek Drag Knives are used to cut wood veneer for inlay/marquetry artwork, leather, carbon fiber pre-preg laminates for aerospace, military, and automotive components, cardboard for custom packaging, and more.

Vacuum Former

With the BV C Class Vacuform, a sheet of plastic is heated to a forming temperature, stretched onto a single-surface mold and forced against the mold by a vacuum. This can be used to form thermoplastics for models.

3D Printers

Our 3D printers allow students to create 3-dimensional objects through the extrusion of molten plastic from a tiny nozzle that moves precisely under computer control using Z, Y and Z axis.

Grey-scale photo of abstract sculpture.