Fabrication Shops

The Fabrication Shops are supported primarily by College of Design collegiate fees, access is limited to work directly related to College of Design courses and research activities.

3D printing, CNC routing and self-service laser cutting are available to all University areas with associated fees; however, College of Design coursework and research always has priority access.

Spring Break Hours

Saturday, March 16 to Sunday, March 24, 2019

Please check our calendar below for open hours during spring break.

Note: Spring break open hours are subject to change on short notice.

Spring Semester Hours

Rapson Shops—139 Rapson Hall

Monday–Thursday: 9:00 am–9:45 pm (closed on Tuesdays from 3:00–4:00 pm)
Friday: 9:00 am–4:45 pm
Saturday: 12:00–4:45 pm
Sunday: 2:00–9:45 pm

Rapson FABstore and Laser Lab—127 & 129 Rapson Hall

Monday–Thursday: 9:00 am–9:45 pm
Friday: 9:00 am–5:45 pm
Saturday: 12:00–7:45 pm
Sunday: 12:00–9:45 pm

McNeal Laser Lab—334A McNeal Hall

Monday: 12:00 pm–7:00 pm
Tuesday: 12:30 pm–2:30 pm
Wednesday: 12:00 pm–7:00 pm
Thursday: 12:30 pm–2:30 pm

Contact Us

139 Rapson Hall | designfab@umn.edu | 612.624.9093


Kevin Groenke, Fabrication Manager

Justin Kindelspire, DigiFab Specialist

Molly Sanford, Fabrication Technician

Annie Henly, Fabrication Technician

Austin Kedrowski, Outreach and Research Specialist

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Click on image for dos and don'ts for each piece of equipment.



2) 10" Sawstop Cabinet Saws
2) 12" Miter Saws
16" x 42" wood lathe
16"x42" Wood Lathe(2nd benchtop)
20" planer
20" Helical Head Planer

Drill Press

Belt/Disc sander

12" Belt/Disc Sander (2@1"x5")


Piranha p_50 Ironworker
Piranha P50 Ironworker
12" x 36" metal lathe
12"x 36" Metal Lathe
9" x 42" Knee mill
9"x42" Knee Mill
belt/disc sander
6" Belt/10" Disc sander
20" Vertical Bandsaw
20" Vertical Bandsaw
7x12 horizontal bandsaw

6"x10" Horizontal Bandsaw
drill press
15" Drill Press
37" foot shear
37" Foot Shear

48" magnetic brake48" Magnetic Brake
finger brake
48" Box and Pan Brake

Hossfeld #2

Hossfeld #2 Metal Bender
mig welding
MIG Welding
tig welding
TIG Welding
gas welding
Gas Welding