Fabrication Shops


Use of the fabrication shops in the summer is limited to students completing academic work for College of Design classes. Please contact fabrication director Molly Sanford at mws@umn.edu to schedule a time to use our facilities or discuss your projects.

Fabrication shop featuring woodworking equipment and other tools
About the Shops

The College of Design Fabrication Shops are open labs where students enrolled in a College of Design course have access to equipment and support to work on assigned projects. Our spaces include a woodshop, metal shop, digital fabrication tools, and a materials store. We welcome students of all levels of shop experience and pride ourselves on facilitating your exploration and curiosity.


Hours, Locations & Services

Limited availability, appointments required

The Fabrication Shops are available for College of Design academic work by appointment only. Please read the working document of our modified operations. This document is subject to change. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility. Safety is our primary concern and our continued operation is dependent on all shop users wearing masks, washing hands frequently, and maintaining physical distancing.

Machines & Materials

The Fabrication Shops provide a wide array of equipment and materials to manipulate wood, foam, plastics, masonry, metals, and composites.


foam product design student prototypes made in the fabrication shop