Artisan and Fabrication Lab, Purdue University

AFL Equipment and Capabilities


Lab Activity

In these fully equipped manufacturing facilities, students gain hands-on experience building the designs they create. The Fabrication Laboratory houses machining equipment, such as CNC (computer numerical control) lathes and mills and a waterjet cutting system, along with more traditional shop equipment such as welding setups, horizontal and vertical band saws, a drill press, and layout tables where students can begin assembling parts. In the Artisan Laboratory, students work with wood, plastics, and similar materials, using a CNC router, a variety of wood saws, a drill press, and large layout tables.



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Artisan LabFabrication LabUnclean Room

Laser Cutter Details

The Laser Cutter is located in the Fabrication Lab. Please talk to Shrikant or Jeff before cutting metals on the Laser cutter.

Manufacturing Information:

Machine Specifications:

  • Table Area: (X x Y)(24" x 21")
  • Engraving Area: (X x Y)(20" x 12")

Recommended Materials:

  • Plastics: ABS, Acrylic, Delrin, High density polyethylene (melts badly), Kapton tape, Mylar, nylon, PETG, Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Styrene, Two-tone acrylic
  • Foam: Depron foam, EPM, Gator foam
  • Others: Cloth, Paper, Rubbers, Woods, Anodized Metals (Non reflective surface)
  • Not Allowed: Non-anodized metals, Polycarbonates, Any material containing chlorine, PVC, Vinyl