Taubman College

Overview

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan maintains the most sophisticated technologies available in architectural, urban design and urban planning fields of study.

The Digital Fabrication Lab (FABLab) at Taubman College leverages state-of-the-art industrial technology to perform architectural fabrication research. It is one of few select academic institutions around the world utilizing robotic automation to perform both subtractive and additive manufacturing processes. Computer aided-design and fabrication will improve the quality of built outcomes while reducing production waste. The FAB Lab's seven-axis robot has a work volume of 30' x 10' x 8'. The machine can load a milling head to cut wood and foam, or an abrasive water jet cutter for full 3-D cutting of metal, glass, and stone. The FAB Lab also maintains several other CNC machines, including a three-axis abrasive water jet cutter, two three-axis CNC routers, and a three-axis milling machine, as well as several 3-D printing machines.

The Spatial and Numeric Data Services (SAND) Lab houses computer facilities equipped with tools for handling digital geographic information and the spatial analysis of built form. The lab, one of two on U-M's campus, provide access to data from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, Global Insight, Geolytics, ERI, the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Geological Survey, and many other sources. Advanced computers and software are available to help students and researchers work with spatial and numeric data and access to data only available from within our labs. SAND is equipped with ArcGIS, ArcView, ERDAS, SAS, SPSS, StatTransfer, Stata, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver), and more. It is staffed with specially-trained librarians.

The college offers ubiquitous software to all students through the college's wireless network, in addition to access through other computing options available at the college.

The adjacent Duderstadt Center provides additional computers, 2D and 3D printing, video editing equipment, and houses the library collections for art, architecture, urban planning, and engineering; state-of-the-art laboratories for visualization, virtual reality, video, music, and dance; and an exhibit gallery.