The ArD TechLab at AUB (Digital Fabrication Unit) is an advanced fabrication and research unit focusing on the integration of new digital technologies with design research and innovation. The lab was established by the Department of Architecture and Design at MSFEA in 2014. Through advanced fabrication tools and machines, a collaborative space, and yearly workshops, ArD TechLab works on providing both the physical fabrication needs and digital know-how necessary to support student and faculty work in the field of experimental digital design.
In this information age, the increasing proliferation of computational design and the accessibility of fabrication tools are radically altering the way we design, bringing making and fabrication into the heart of the design process. New advances in prototyping technologies, from 3D printing to Robotic fabrication, are allowing architects and designers today to understand early on the consequences of both material and fabrication methods on their design process, creating a shift in practice from the role of the designer/consultant to the designer/maker.
With these progresses in mind, the ArD TechLab works to create an innovative academic hub for design-based fabrication and research, catering first to its students' advancement, while providing support to faculty and researchers. The lab currently consists of various advanced technologies and machinery for fabrication in subtractive manufacturing (such as CNC routers and laser cutters) and additive manufacturing (such as plastic and clay 3D printing), in addition to hot wire cutting, vinyl cutting, and 3D scanning.
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