Adrian Franco | 34st Magazine

What lies in room 409 of Meyerson Hall might come as a shock to some: grinders, milling machines, 3D printers, laser cutter, saws of every kind, a vacu–former, a vacuum press, a vacuu–anything. But for a certain group, room 409 — the Fab Lab — is where 2D dreams become three–dimensional reality.

Adrian Franco | 34st MagazineNot only is the Fab Lab, you know, fabulous, but it’s also a fabrication laboratory. It’s where landscape students carve out model topographies and where design students cut shapes and tiles. According to Fab Lab manager Dennis Pierattini, the lab is where design students create their versions of term papers, it’s “practical execution of classroom theory.”

Adrian Franco | 34st MagazineOtherwise, bonding during work hours can be limited ­­— you don’t want too many distractions while you’re operating heavy machinery. Incidentally, the lab is closed after 4p.m. on Fridays, before the PennDesign happy hour starts (it’s against lab law to drink and wield power tools).

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