On 28 April 2015 the University of Westminster opened the cutting-edge Fabrication Laboratory Westminster located on its Marylebone Campus in central London, putting the University at the leading edge of digital fabrication.
Providing a major extension of the University of Westminster’s existing architecture workshops, Fabrication Laboratory Westminster includes two new purpose-built spaces offering advanced digital making facilities. It is equipped with flexible computer controlled tools covering a wide range of scales, materials and processes.
The laboratory provides an innovative learning environment inspiring and preparing students for the challenges and versatility of digital fabrication in the 21st century. Fabrication Laboratory Westminster also offers specialist training short courses as well as new areas of support for research and PhD students.
The new state-of-the-art facilities complement the suite of 3D printers and laser cutters in the University’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, adding a wide selection of digital equipment that enable a range of design and fabrication processes including ABS and plaster 3D printing, CNC knife cutting, large scale CNC routing, CNC metal milling and robot fabrication. The collection of robots uniquely includes an industrial robot arm running on a five-metre rail across a window visible from Marylebone Road.
Professor Geoff Petts, Vice Chancellor of the University of Westminster, Professor Katharine Heron, Professor of Architecture and former Head of the University of Westminster’s Department of Architecture, Professor David Dernie, Dean of Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, and Chris Wilkinson of Wilkinson Eyre Architects will welcome guests to the Fabrication Laboratory Westminster. Guests will get a chance to tour of the brand new laboratory and have the opportunity to observe the facilities in action, while entertained by the Ian Smith Trio jazz band.
Dr David Scott, Senior Lecturer and academic leader for the Fabrication Laboratory Westminster, said: “The new Fabrication Laboratory will allow students to immerse themselves in and explore the exciting and rapidly expanding field of digital fabrication. It gives them a fantastic opportunity to produce work of the highest quality, offering new design possibilities and creative outcomes.”
The University of Westminster is one of the UK’s leading centres for the study of Architecture and the Built Environment, inspiring more than 2,000 students at its teaching base at Marylebone, in central London. The Faculty aims to explore the core subject areas that address the future shape of our cities and encourage the dynamic thinking that makes our courses the envy of others. The undergraduate programmes are based on strong links with industry professions, and our acclaimed postgraduate programmes offer a range of specialised courses underpinned by our strong research base.