Industrial Design students have access to a wide range of facilities within the department and around campus. A partial list of facilities includes two wood shops, metal shop, rapid prototyping lab, photo studio and two computer labs. For detailed information regarding the facilities download the document titled Industrial Design Facilities below.
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. All students must complete a shop orientation course before having access to power tools. At the bottom of this page in the downloads box, you can access a PDF version of the shop handbook.
Machines of the shop include: Several 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/construction are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The tool room has hand tools for student check out during shop hours. The shop houses a spray booth for exclusively water based paints/finishes. Five full time technicians are on staff and available to help students with technical questions about materials and fabrication techniques.
Mon–Thu: 9 AM–10 PM
Fri: 9 AM–5 PM
Sat: 12 PM–7 PM
Sun: 2 PM–10 PM
Rapid Prototyping Lab
The RP Lab has a laser cutter with a 18 inch x 32 inch bed where two-dimensional profiles can be cut out of many non-combustible, non-reflective, flat materials. There is a Dimension 3-D printer which builds a three-dimensional object from 3-D software files by precisely layering a thermoplastic material. There is also a CNC 3-axis router which uses 3-D software files to machine a block of material, such as urethane foam, phenolic foam, or styrene foam, into objects. Maximum billet, or block, size is 4 inches x 12 inches x 19 inches. There are three digital paper cutters with 12 inch x 24 inch cutting capabilities that can cut 2-D profiles from paper or vinyl material.
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 inch paper backdrop for table top sized pieces, a 4 foot x 8 foot 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.