Fabrication Shops

Fall 2020 Modified Operations

The Fabrication Shops will be available for College of Design academic work by appointment only for Fall '20. Safety is our primary concern and our continued operation is dependent on all shop users wearing masks, washing hands frequently, and maintaining physical distancing.

A working document of our modified operations can be found here. Please note, this document is subject to change. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility.

Please contact Molly Sanford (mws@umn.edu) with questions and concerns. Thank you!

Appointment Scheduling

Students may schedule appointments for completion of CDes academic work in our facilities by following the links below.

The Wood Shop, Rapson 139
The Metal Shop, Rapson 127
Making Space: The Bowl, Rapson Courtyard

If you are experiencing any COVID symptoms, please cancel your appointment and stay home.

Digital Fabrication Service Bureau

Digital fabrication resources will be provided as a service bureau. Instead of coming into Rapson to laser cut, rout, and 3D print, students can submit work requests to be processed by staff. Students can pick their completed orders at the Materials Store (Rapson 129) or the McNeal Laser Lab (rm 334A, laser cut orders only) or arrange with staff to ship them (allow for extra time).

Students will be expected to submit properly prepared files (see templates and guides on the right sidebar) and plan ahead! Our demand will fluctuate, and projects that are designed last minute may not be fabricated in time. Please respond promptly to questions about your work requests to ensure the process goes smoothly.

Submit requests here.

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Contact Us

139 Rapson Hall | designfab@umn.edu | 612.624.9093


Molly Sanford, Fabrication Shop Director

Justin Kindelspire, Digital Fabrication Specialist

Annie Henly, Fabrication Technician

Meena Mangalvedhekar, Fabrication Technician

Alex Walton, Fabrication Technician

Stin Kedrowski, Fabrication Technician

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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