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Prototyping and Fabrication Lab Resources

The role of the Segal Prototyping and Fabrication Lab is to provide an opportunity through design to move from theory to practice in a safe and supportive learning environment. It is located in the basement and sub-basement of the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center and is available for student use. Visit the

Lab policies and safety guidelines

Lab training and assessment

Lab Hours

Academic Year: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Summer: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lab Usage

The Segal Prototyping and Fabrication Lab is available to students and faculty in support of their educational project work. The lab is staffed by lab professionals and student lab leaders who are skilled in the equipment and processes necessary for the execution of project designs.

Fundamental to the ability to safely use the shop equipment is knowledge of the design and development process. Understanding the value of design and creating a development strategy is essential to a successful project.

Working with the lab professionals on your prototyping strategy is an integral part of this process. To get started on a successful lab project experience, users should plan to develop a needs and requirements document and create a drawing to be used in your design review with the lab professionals.

Available Equipment

In the Prototyping and Fabrication Lab and throughout the Ford building, students have access to a host of equipment and facilities:

  • a CAD/CAM lab
  • five CNC mills and one CNC lathe
  • a laser cutter
  • a welding lab
  • fabrication and assembly tools
  • a paint booth

Contact Information

If you have any questions about lab access, training, privileges, or equipment use, contact the lab professionals via e-mail at prototyping.lab@northwestern.edu. One of the lab professionals will get back to you:

Protoyping Lab Operations Director

Design and Prototyping Specialists

Emergency (After Hours)

  • Emergency: Call 911
  • Non-emergency: Call 847-491-3456 (University Police)

After calling the police, please also contact one of the lab professionals to notify them of the emergency.

Review the Prototyping and Fabrication Lab policies and safety information.

Additional Labs in the Ford Building

More prototyping resources can be found in the Rapid Prototyping Lab (Ford SB310) and Mechatronics Lab (Ford B100).

Rapid protoyping Lab:

Contact Mike Beltran to inquire about use of the following:

  • An additive manufacturing/rapid prototyping lab
  • Objet Connex Polyjet
  • Fortus FDM machine
  • color 3D printing equipment

Mechatronics Lab

For information about mechatronics lab equipment and hours, please contact Nicholas Marchuk.