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MCAD’s 8,000-square-foot 3D Shop contains facilities for wood, metal working, and plaster; a foundry for bronze and aluminum casting; spray booths; and digital fabrication equipment.

Courses conducted by MCAD faculty members in the 3D Shop introduce you to the equipment, tools, techniques, and safe work practices associated with the area. Full-time staff support and reinforce that instruction, maintaining the equipment and ensuring a safe work environment. Shop staff can also provide technical assistance in all aspects of fabrication—from stretcher building, to welding, to casting—helping you turn your ideas into reality.

Digital Fabrication

  • 3D printers capable of printing in several materials
  • 3D scanners for digitizing real- world objects and environments
  • CNC routers and mills
  • Laser cutter/engravers

Metal Shop

  • Ceramic shell investment casting equipment for bronze, etc.
  • English wheel
  • Forge with forced-air furnace
  • Hydraulic iron worker
  • Metal lathes
  • Milling machines
  • Pipe and tube benders
  • Plasma cutter
  • Plate shear
  • Sheet metal fabrication equipment
  • Welders (oxy-acetylene, MIG, and TIG)

Wood Shop

  • Bandsaws
  • Jointers
  • Lumber mill
  • Mortise machine
  • Panel saw
  • Planers
  • SawStop table saws
  • Wood lathes

Additional Equipment

  • Electronics prototyping workstations
  • Industrial sewing machines
  • Vacuum former and sheet bender for plastics 

"If I ever have a question on how to build something, everyone in the 3D shop is more than happy to show me how to actually make these things that I’m seeing in my mind become a reality." –Nick Carroll