FabLab is FIT's professional digital fabrication lab

FabLab provides 3d printing, laser cutting, vinyl cutting, and vacuum forming for currently enrolled students, staff and faculty. Current equipment:

  • Universal Laser Systems ILS 12.75 laser cutter
  • Graphtec CE-7000 vinyl cutter
  • Mayku FormBox vacuum form machine
  • 3D printers: Bambu Lab X1-Carbon, Form2; 3 & 3L, Ultimaker 3 & 3S, Stratasys F120

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Class projects must be discussed with FabLab management before being accepted. All submitted work must be properly setup before job is started. Files that are not setup properly won't be corrected and will be returned to the customer for correction (which may extend the turnaround time).

Services and pricing guide (.pdf) Guide is a pdf and requires Adobe Acrobat or Reader.

Faculty members: FabLab-specific orientations may be requested by completing a FabLab orientation scheduling form (.pdf) and will conducted by Fablab staff.  Form is a pdf and requires Adobe Acrobat or Reader.

Two options:

  • Option 1: Vinyl cut single color (no printing).
    Available colors -- white, black, orange red, yellow, green, blue, copper and silver.
  • Option 2: Inkjet print-and-cut onto white or clear vinyl.

Note: If you want stickers, but want to cut them out yourself, or don't know how to set up an Illustrator file for cutting, please choose our "specialty media" option to have your file printed onto white or clear self-adhesive vinyl.

Accepted File Types

  • Print-and-cut or single color cutting:
    • Vector-based Adobe Illustrator files only.
    • Outline fonts.


  • 6" length minimum
  • Vinyl cut single color (no printing): $1.00/linear inch.
    Optional: application tape $0.25/linear inch
  • Inkjet print and cut: $2.00/linear inch


  • Inkjet print-and-cut and vinyl cut single color:
    • Convert all fonts to outlines in Illustrator.
    • Letters must have a minimum height of 1/2".
    • Cutout shapes should be a minimum 1/16".
    • Lines should be vector paths.
    • The vinyl cutter uses these vectors as tool paths.

  • Application tape (transfer tape):
    • Optional when ordering a single color vinyl cut. 
    • Aids in aligning artwork when adhering it in place.

      Photo is an example of the use of application tape which is an option when using the single color vinyl.  It helps to transfer your design to another surface

      application tape

  • Print-and-cut file setup:
    • Minimum file length is 6".
    • Maximum file width is 21"  x 60" in length.
    • To print-and-cut on a 24" vinyl roll, your cutting vectors and artwork should be on separate layers

  • Single color vinyl setup:
    • Minimum file length is 6".
    • Maximum file width is 23" x 60" in length.

More information:

We highly recommend asking for a sample to test how the vinyl will adhere to surfaces.
Please view our video quick guides:

Examples of print-and-cut stickers

Print and cut examples


3D printing services is full-service only. 

Learn about 3D printing with FabLab including policies, procedures and common modeling pitfalls!

First time modeling? Get started with these 3d modeling & sculpting software options such as TinkerCad, Autodesk Meshmixer and ZBrushCoreMini.

Some examples of 3d printing in the real world.

Accepted File Type


Costs and Build Sizes

FormLabs Form2; 3; 3L: Support material removed by customer. All print extremely high detail using a variety of specialized plastic resins. They utilize stereolithography, fusing photo-sensitive polymers into solid objects with focused points of light. Stereolithography allows for much higher detail than FDM printing, as well as printing in flexible and castable resins, but the Forms have a smaller print bed and a more involved support-removal process.

  • Form 2 & 3 build size: 5.7"L × 5.7"W × 6.9"H
  • Form 3L build size: 3.2"L × 7.9"W × 11.8"H
  • Resin: ($5.00 minimum charge). $0.50/ml

Ultimaker 3; 3S: Soluable support material. Capable of dual or single extrusion.

  • Build size: Left or right nozzle: 8.5"L x 8.5"W x 7.9"H. Dual material: 7.8"L x 8.5"W x 7.9"H
  • Filament: PLA plastic: ($5.00 minimum charge). $0.50/g; specialty filaments $0.75/g. PLA plastic & specialty filaments include white TPU, PETG, PVA, CopperFill, WoodFill, BronzeFill, Magnetic Iron, Stainless Steel, Carbon fiber and F-Electric

Stratasys F120: Soluable support material. Industrial-grade, high quality.

  • Build size:  10"L x 10"W x 10"H
  • Filament: ASA ivory & ABS black plastic: ($5.00 minimum charge). $7.00/cubic inch

Bambu Lab X1-Carbon:  Support material removed by customer.

  • Build size: 10"L x 10"W x 10"H
  • Filament: PLA plastic: ($5.00  minimum charge). $0.35/g. Colors based on availability.


Customer  responsible for paying for both build and support material.  Submitted files must be set up according to our file prep guidelines. Please view our 3d video guides for additional information. We will not correct files that are set up incorrectly and will return them for correction which could extend turnaround times.  

Netfabb is a free STL viewer which can open your 3d files and diagnose inverted normals/faces and bad edges. Please see our Netfabb video tutorials for cleaning and repairing guidance. Netfabb is free and available to download.

Measurements in NetFabb: In the bottom right panel of the NetFabb window, you will see basic dimension information about your part, including size and volume, which can be used to estimate your cost (not including support material). For a more detailed guide on how to use Netfabb to measure and resize your models, please view our video guide.  

Support Material

All 3d printers generate support material differently, and all support material types have different post-processing and finishing requirements. The Ultimaker and Stratasys F120 have dissolvable support material but the Form and Bambu printers do not so customers must clip or sand away their support structures manually. 

Example below: Garment designed by Jennifer Lee (Assistant Professor, FBM). Model is Jasmine Matos (FIT tennis player, FBM student). Photographer is Anthony Nguyen (FBM student).

collage showing the uniform worn by the player, with detailed views of 3d printed elements, and the back view of the uniform styled on the form


Vacuum service promo card

Highlights of the vacuum forming machine:

  • Food safe transparent sheets;
  • Great for product packaging, prototyping, mold making, blister pack, and more.
  • Can be used with concrete, jesmonite, plaster, chocolate, wax, soap, resin, and many other materials.

Choice of either transparent 0.5mm sheets made from food safe, recyclable PETg or white sheets made of Polystyrene, which can be painted and are good for blister and product packaging and prototyping. 

The surface finish achieved is almost identical to that of the original object. Use in conjunction with a 3d printer and create molds of your 3D printed designs.

Maximum width and length for mold making: 5.9"x5.9".

No vacuum forming objects taller than the object's width.

Costs: $3.00 per mold sheet, clear or white

Guidelines: Please view our video guide: Vacuum Forming: Making Molds & Shapes Quick Guide

Service includes laser vector cutting, vector engraving and raster engraving.

The FabLab is equipped with a Universal Systems ILS 12.75 laser cutter which has a material processing platform of 48” x 24” x 12”.

Accepted File Types

Accepted Materials

Download our laser cutting acceptable materials & supplier guide (.pdf) for local suppliers and online vendors. We reserve the right to refuse material if we deem it to be unsafe or inappropriate.  Guide is a pdf and requires Adobe Acrobat or Reader.

  • Materials can be 1/4" thick for vector cutting: This thickness is a general guideline because it depends on your design and the density of the material. Acrylic; Softwoods such as poplar, pine, balsa, cherry, walnut, soft maple; Paper based materials such as cardboard, bristol board, museum board , chipboard, etc.; MDF and CDF; Natural Fabrics 
  • Materials need to be no more than 1/8" thick for vector cutting. This thickness is a general guideline because it depends on your design and the density of the material:  Leather; Hardwoods (Ex: ash, birch, hickory, elm, oak, hard maple, etc); Cork; Rubber; Faux Leathers (Faux Leathers have to be approved by a FabLab techician)
  • Materials that are paper heavy stock products such as chipboard, illustration board, poster boards, museum boards, etc.:
    • Due to limited storage space, we are not accepting 24"x48" materials unless the cut file's bounding box follows these guidelines:
      • A cut file canvas should be setup as landscape
      • A cut file canvas must have 1/4" margin or more

Accepted Margins

1/4" around entire laser cut file. Material size should be no more than 1" to 2" larger than your cut files bounding box. We have a board trimmer for softer paper products that you can use to trim your board down to size.


Initial setup fees:

  • standard job $7.00 setup charge/material
  • complex job $10.00 setup charge/material

After the initial setup fee (per material), the price for use of the laser (for vector cutting, vector engraving, and raster engraving) is $1.00 per minute.


Please view our video quick guides: Illustrator - Vector File Setup, Illustrator - Pattern Creation and Illustrator - Outlining Fonts.

  • To ensure a smooth cut, join your vectors
  • Remove all duplicate lines to prevent double cuts
  • Work in RGB document color mode
  • Do not use masks or pattern fills
  • Do not use appearance strokes such as dashes
  • Label your material with your name on the side you want to cut
  • Scorched edges: Paper or tree-related material will most likely have burn marks or scorched edges which we are not liable for.
  • Send your file and order form to [email protected] first before dropping off materials

Project examples:

Melanie Reim, acting associate dean of the School of Art & Design. Wood laser cut submission for The Art & Design Gallery exhibit,  "Conversations: Artwork In Dialogue" March through April 2020. The dialog between the two female 'sand puppets' reads: "And I like, said, it's not what I need, and he said, "I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know".

Melanie Reim's laser cut puppets

Interior Design Department, Studio V-Residential. Challenged to prototype a laser cut element for their residential project, students developed designs that were fabricated here at the FabLab. Professors: Joseph Lembo, Takashi Kamiya and Johannes Knoops

Interior Design department's laser cut showcase

T. Jacob Hooker, Accessories Design graduate. Laser cut leather accessory for the BFA graduating student show.

Interior Design student T. Jacob Hooker's laser cut leather bag

Hojun Lee, Fashion Design graduate. Laser cut dress

Hojun Lee dress

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