Industrial Design students have access to a wide range of facilities within the department and around campus. Our facilities include two wood shops, metal shop, a rapid prototyping (Form and Tech) lab, photo studio, and access to computer labs.
Pratt Industrial Design Shop Facilities
The Industrial Design Shop provides the tools to fabricate both small scale models or full size prototypes and functioning products. Wood, plastics, dense foam, and metals are among the many types of material that can be machined or manipulated. In order to access the shop, students must register for and complete a shop certification course (IND-001). The course is one time only (two sessions) and the certification is good for all your time at Pratt. Beyond information students of safety regulations, this shop course serves as an orientation to the shop, tools, and materials. For more information, please see the Shop Orientation Manual.
Available machines include: band saws of various sizes; a "Sawstop" safety table saw; jointer, thickness planer, various belt, disc, and spindle sanders; a panel saw; several drill presses; wood lathes; a scroll saw; vertical mills; metal lathes; metal tube benders; sheet metal brake; sheet metal shears; vacuum forming machines; and a pizza oven for plastics slumping.
Down-draft tables and several work tables for assembly and construction are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The Tool Room provides hand tools for students to check out during shop hours. The shop houses a spray booth for exclusively water based paints and finishes. Several full-time staff technicians are available to help students with technical questions about materials and fabrication techniques.
Saturday & Sunday: 10 AM–6 PM
Monday–Thursday: 9 AM–10 PM
Friday: 9 AM–5 PM
Form and Tech Lab
The department facilities also include extensive rapid prototype labs, collectively known as the Form and Tech Lab. Form and Tech features a Laser Cutter Lab (RP Lab), a 3-D Print Lab, and a CNC Shop.
The RP Lab, currently located on the 4th floor of Pratt Studios, has two 60 watt Universal brand laser cutters with 18 inch x 32 inch cutting beds where two-dimensional profiles can be cut out of a variety of non-combustible, non-reflective, flat materials.
The 3-D Print Lab, based on the 3rd floor of Steuben Hall, is home to five 3-D printers with a variety of specializations. These machines include: a MakerBot 5th Generation 3-D Printer, a Mcor 3-D Paper Printer, and three Statasys 3-D Printers (a Mojo, a uPrint SE, and a Dimension). Using 3-D printers build three-dimensional objects by precisely layering either fused deposition modeling (FDM), molten plastic (ABS) or paper. The maximum material size for 3-D prints is 10” x 10” x 12”.
A ShopBot Buddy and a Roland MDX-540 are available in the CNC Shop, located in the basement of the Engineering Building. These router machines use 3-D software files to machine blocks of material, such as plywood, solid wood, acrylic, foam, or Ren-Shape into objects. The Roland’s maximum block size is 12” x 19” x 4”; The ShopBot Buddy’s maximum table size is 32” x 48” x 2”.
The Photography Studio is a 550 square foot room dedicated to photo documentation of student work. The lab houses four stations: one with a 9 foot wide paper backdrop for shooting large work, one with 54 in paper backdrop for table top sized pieces, a 4' x 8' wide plexiglass studio shooting table, and a copy stand. There is also a light shed for photographing medium to small sized objects. Lighting stands and ceiling mounted tracks as well as umbrella and reflectors provide infinite light fixture positioning and affects. Available in studio are: Digital SLR cameras, telephoto, wide and macro lenses, card readers, light meters, and tripods.
The Electronic Design Studio Lab is on the second floor, Engineering Building, offering a wide array of computer services.
There are Macs and PC’s loaded with all the software required by your Pratt studies, printing and plotting services (print on paper, film, even fabric), 2-D and 3-D scanning and digital drawing tablets.