University of Utah senior Ryan Clayton, an architecture major, hopes to someday design “beautiful” structures.
He says he is passionate about the design side of structural engineering, and a new lab in the University of Utah’s College of Architecture + Planning building will help him practice for his goals.
With the help of Big-D Construction, the university has opened its new Digital Fabrication Lab, or “Fab Lab,” in which students can see “the transition between digital inputs and physical outputs,” according to university officials.
A Computer Numerical Control machine in the lab enables students to create series of codes to drive the machine, which cuts out “small models of cities or life-size creations of buildings and products,” university officials said.
Computer Numerical Control machining is similar to 3D printing in that they are both ways to create prototypes from digital software, according to Creative Mechanisms.