A top-down view of several students working in the Digital Fabrication Lab, showing several work tables, CNC machines, and a Kuka robot.

Digital Fabrication Lab

Digital Fabrication Lab

The Digital Fabrication Lab (DFL) is a College of Design facility for the fabrication and assembly of prototypes and mock-ups, ranging from human scale to building scale.

The lab supports College of Design studios, electives, and research, by providing access to workspace, studio space, and training on machines. Additionally, the lab houses a small structures and materials characterization lab. 

Coursework and research in this facility examine the transition between digital inputs and physical outputs using CNC equipment. 

Space and Machinery

The main component of the DFL is a 13,000 ft2 high bay shop, containing both large and small format machines for working wood, metal, plastic, and concrete. This facility has a full-height loading dock, a half-height loading dock, and can receive deliveries off any size truck. Centered around the high bay are large format CNC machines:

  • 3 and 5 axis routers (4’x8’)
  • 3 axis waterjet (5’x10’)
  • 4 axis hotwire foam cutter (4’x4’x4’)
  • A 6 axis Kuka Robotic arm (KR Quantec Pro) also provides capability in robotic programming, control, and fabrication. 

A host of smaller manual equipment, for drilling, sanding, cutting, welding, etc., complement the automated equipment.

Computer Lab

The computer lab supports studios, electives, and seminars. Our software package contains the College of Design's standard design software, as well as specialized software tied to parametric modeling, digital modeling, and fabrication.

Lab Entry

The DFL is a secured building with card access to doors and loading docks. The lab is only available to select students, faculty, and guests of the College of Design. Completion of a lab safety course is required for access to the machinery in this lab.

Location and Hours

676 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30318

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed


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