HES Fabrication Lab

Click the Give Now button above to help the College of Human Environmental Sciences raise $8,000 for this year's passion project, the Fab Lab

As the only Interior Design program in the Southeast without its own fabrication lab, the College of Human Environmental Sciences invites you to contribute towards this year's Passion Project: the FabLab. 

The opportunities that it would provide for our students are endless. The FabLab would be structured as an open environment for material-based learning and research through additive and subtractive processes. Various materials, such as foam, wood, metal, plastics, composite and smart materials, could be investigated. Students and faculty alike could even use the FabLab to produce scale models of interiors or buildings, prototypes of furniture, light fixtures, and much more.

In support of these pursuits, the FabLab would house the latest in digital fabrication technology, such as laser cutters, large format and precision CNC milling machines, 3D printers and scanners, and a wide range of traditional wood and metal shop equipment and the associated software.

We anticipate a cost of $10,000 for the first machines acquired. 3D printers have come down in price and can be purchased for $200-300 each. A professional glowforge laser that precisely cuts, engraves and scores hundreds of different materials is around $6,995.

We want to continue fundraising to add equipment and, ultimately, a lab manager to oversee the lab and equipment.

If you wish to support the College of Human Environmental Sciences in a different way, consider making a gift to the HES Capstone Fund by going to bamablitz.ua.edu/hescf.

HES Match
The HES Leadership Board has generously agreed to match all gifts -- up to $8,000 -- that are received during Bama Blitz to support equipment purchases for the FabLab. With your help, we can invest in our UA community by outfitting the FabLab with all the things it needs to be a place of resource, research and creativity.
$4,135 MATCHED
Affiliation Leaderboard
See what affiliation is bringing in the most gifts for Bama Blitz.
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Alumni 235
2 Faculty/Staff 196
3 Parent 58
4 Other 48
5 Student 20
Number of Gifts Leaderboard
Which area of campus will receive the most gifts during Bama Blitz? Make a gift to your favorite area of campus to help make them #1 on the Leaderboard.
Rank Department Gifts
1 Student Life's Al's Pals 95
2 C&IS Industry Immersion 91
3 Sport Wheelchairs for Adapted Athletics 82
4 Culverhouse Student Immersion Experiences 75
5 OTIDE Military Support Fund 70
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