UW-Stout's School of Art and Design's Material and Process Lab is utilized by eight undergraduate and graduate programs across two different colleges. After completing a series of safety training, students have full access to the woodworking and metalworking machinery. There is also vacuum-forming for heating and molding plastic.
The lab's tool crib, where students can check out the tools they need, stores a variety of hand and power tools. Imagine going into a hardware store and being able to check out what they carry.
Students add color and style to their models in the lab's spray booth. Items and models crafted here range from 3D design lamps and furniture to jewelry and sculpture. The lab is available 78 hours a week, both in and outside of class periods.
UW-Stout’s Pathways Forward campaign is currently raising funds to expand the Material and Process Lab into a space three-times its current size. More space and more equipment will be a great benefit to the average 25,000 student visits to the lab each year.