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Department of Architecture


The new Digital Fabrication Laboratory in the Dyson Building was formally opened by Professor David Cardwell, Pro Vice Chancellor for Strategy and Planning at the University of Cambridge with speeches from Professor Cardwell and Professor James Campbell, Head of Department

The Digital Studio provides access for architecture students to state-of-the art 3D printing machinery, allowing students to produce rapid prototypes and laser cut parts for architectural models. The new Workshop is fully equipped with woodworking tools (saws, planers, drills and sanders) and a CNC router to allow students to fabricate models from wood and other materials. A computer studio provides 20 machines loaded with all the essential software for CAD and 3D rendering. 

The facility is designed to enable Undergraduate and Graduate Architecture students (and in the future Design students) to produce models and prototypes. It replaces the previously inadequate workshops below the studio building which are being refurbished to become a research workshop and to provide space for a larger flatbed CNC machine.

Together these facilities provide the 200 architecture students with 35 workshop places which they can access anytime they need during working hours, a ratio of workshop to student numbers of 1:6 which is one of the highest ratios in the country.