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Model Shop

Spring 20 Hours and Access
January 21 - May 7

Monday 8am-10pm
Tuesday 8am-10pm
Wednesday 8am-10pm
Thursday 8am-10pm
Friday 8am-5pm
Saturday 12pm-8pm
Sunday 12pm-8pm

This shop is closed during posted class sessions, please see calendar below for specifics. Please contact Piper Alldredge at for more information.

The SF Fabrication Studios will be open by appointment only over the 2019-20 Winter Break, from December 16-20 and January 6-17. Contact studio staff to schedule access. Please note that all campus is closed December 21-January 5.

2nd Floor
Main Building
SF Campus

All users must take an orientation before using the Model Making Shop, which will authorize them to check out a Model Shop Access Card from the Tool Center. All users must check out and display this card while they are working in the Model Shop. The Model Making Shop can accommodate up to 24 users.

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Piper Alldredge

Model Shop / Fabrication Studio Manager, mornings

About the Model Shop

The Model Making Studio is a large, well-lit shop that contains many essential pieces of equipment for student use including saws, sanders, drill presses, mills, routers, lathes, a vacuum forming machine, and workbenches.

All users are required to wear ANSI Z87+ rated safety glasses with side shields and closed toe shoes at all times in the Model Making Shop. Long hair must be tied back, loose or dangling jewelry or lanyards must be removed, long sleeves should be rolled up. Hearing and dust protection is encouraged; headphones and earbuds are not allowed in the Model Making Shop. Food and drink are allowed on the wooden work tables in the Model Making Shop, and must always be covered.

The Model Making Shop may be reserved for individual class sessions, and faculty who are interested in reserving this space should read the policy linked below and reach out to the studio manager with any questions.

Specializing in These Materials

  • Foam
  • Plastic
  • Wood

Tools and Equipment

  • Sawstop Cabinet Saw
  • Clausing Drill Press
  • Formech Vacuumformer
  • Powermatic 14" X 40" Wood Lathe
  • Delta Midi Lathe
  • Rockwell Delta Bandsaw
  • Dewalt Sliding Compound Mitre Saw


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Open orientations are provided during weeks 1-8 of every semester, and may also be scheduled in class. Orientation times are posted on the corkboard outside the Tool Center on the 2nd floor of the 1111 8th St building, and on the Model Shop calendar, embedded below. Faculty should contact studio staff to schedule an in-class orientation.

Orientations take 2 hours and go over basic shop safety and policies as well as basic best practices for use on Band Saws, Sanders, Compound Miter Saw, Table Saw, and Drill Presses. Open orientations can accommodate up to 8 attendees at a time, with a minimum of 4 for a scheduled orientation to run. All attendees must stay for the full 2 hours, and must wear closed toe shoes. Personal protective equipment is provided.

Starting Spring 2020, there will no longer be orientation sign-up sheets at the Tool Center. Instead, orientation times will be posted, and all orientations will be first come, first serve, with a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 attendees.