Materials Lab

Shaping the Future of Practice

Woodbury has been investigating the architectural implications of material experimentation for years. Now the Making Complex has a dedicated facility for such intrigue.

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Digital Knitting

With the addition of the Stoll flat bed knitting machine, students can design and produce fashion and technical knit fabrics.

STOLL CMS530 HP MULTI-GAUGE

superfine yarns
max width: 50″

Digital Knitting Operation Details

1. Enrolled in machine-focused studio.
2. Completion of the Digital Knitting orientation.

We do not offer self-guided training for the Digital Knitting at this time.

The digital knitting machine does not yet have any established policies.

All material and machine restrictions will be developed and communicated through knitting focused design studios.

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Dye Lab

Most often embraced by the Interior Design programs, the dye lab provides students with a dedicated space for fabric manipulation practices.

BERNINA 590

Sewing, quilting and embroidery

SAILRITE ULTRAFEED

For basic sewing of thick or rigid materials

Dye Lab Operations Details

1. Enrolled in fabric-based or fashion studio.
2. Completion of the Dye Lab orientation.

We do not offer self-guided training for the Dye Lab at this time.

The fabric dying tools does not yet have any established policies.

All material and use restrictions will be developed and communicated through fabric dying focused design studios.

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Ceramics

Whether a student want to fire their clay 3d print or experiment with producing custom clay bodies, the ceramic tools play a useful role as part of the Materials Lab.

Ceramics Kiln

chamber size: 22″ x 22″ x 27″
max temp: cone 10

Mixer & Pugmill

For preparing custom clay bodies
max extrusion: 3″ diameter

Ceramics Operation Details

The ceramic and glass tool suite is a narrow interest, supporting a studio specific needs – but also expands the services within the Making Complex.

1. Completion of the Clay 3d Printing orientation.

The following link will send you to the Tutorials page, where one can refresh themselves on the use and safe practices of the kiln and pugmill.

Any student needing to fire their clay parts in the kiln must know what cone # is recommended by the clay manufacturer.

All clay parts must be completely dry before firing. (2 days minimum)

A facility technician must be present while programming the kiln.

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Glass Forming

In addition to the clay tools, a glass kiln is available for the curious. The glass kiln is able to perform three operations: melt glass pieces together, tack fuse pieces together and slump glass into molds.

Glass Kiln

chamber size: 24″ x 24″ x 12″
max temp: 1800F

Glass Forming Operation Details

The ceramic and glass tool suite is a narrow interest, supporting a studio specific needs – but also expands the services within the Making Complex.

1. Enrolled in a glass-focused design studio.
2. Completion of the Glass Forming orientation.We do not offer self-guided training for the Glass Forming tools at this time.
We do not offer self-guided training for the Glass Forming tools at this time.

We do not offer self-guided training for the Glass Forming tools at this time.

The Glass Forming tools does not yet have any established policies.

All material and use restrictions will be developed and communicated through glass forming design studios.

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Casting

Working with fluid-based materials such as concretes and plasters can initially be chaotic and messy. The Casting Yard gives students a space to work without the burden of perfect tidiness. The Making Complex has an adequate amount of tools and equipment to aid in the preparation of mold-part processes.

CEMENT MIXER

for preparing cement slurries
max. of 5 gallons

CEMENT MIXER

for preparing cement slurries
max. of 1.5 cubic feet

Operation Details

The yard outside of the workshop is reserved for working with fluid-based material, such as Concretes and Plasters. Within the gated zone marked for casting, students are free to work preparing and casting molds. The remaining yard is open to being reserved by Faculty for larger studio builds.

The space simply comprises of a collection of outdoor work tables, access to a hose/faucet and trash bin for disposal of unused material.

1. Completion of Wood Shop orientation.

We do not offer self-guided training for the Wood Shop Orientation at this time.

Any students needing to work with fluid based materials must use the Casting Yard for all production.

CONCRETE AND PLASTER IS NOT AUTHORIZED FOR USE OUTSIDE OF THE CASTING YARD

All remaining material must be disposed of in the marked drums.

Casting projects must be kept clean and consolidated to ensure others have space to work.

Making Complex staff do not clean up after students.

Casting Yard can only be used during regular Making Complex operating hours.