Studio Labs expand services

One of the most crucial resources for Studio Art students is the use of the department's many multi-disciplinary studios, research centers, and state-of-the-art maker spaces. Under COVID-19 restrictions, access and utilization of those spaces has had to be re-imagined. Among the labs, both the Digital Fabrication Lab (affectionately known as The Fab Lab) and the Risograph lab (known as the Riso Room) have radically adjusted how they interface with students, staff and faculty both within the department and across campus at UT Austin. 

image taken of a design project and print piece created through the UT Austin Riso Room by UT Design student about future plans after graduation

UT Design major Anna Sing project for AIGA

The Riso Room is one among the various presses available in the Print area, housing a Risograph Duplicator, a perfect binder and a guillotine. The lab is run by undergraduate fellows and offers printing services to the UT community. After much anticipation, the Riso Room is now available once more for print projects on demand. To submit your project to be printed, visit the website

Image from the UT Austin Department of Art and Art History's Digital Fabrication Lab Fab Lab which houses 3D scanners and printers like the one in this photo being used to scan a sculpture of a head into a 3D rendering

The Fab Lab's resources include 3D modeling software, 3D scanners, a vinyl cutter, laser cutters, CNC milling machines, and 3D printers that additively create objects. During the fall 2020, the Fab Lab transformed its resources into FabLab To-Go, which offers limited services for undergraduate and graduate students within Art & Art History and SDCT.  Submissions are only accepted through an online service request form, where students receive approval, confirmation, and pickup information. To work with The Fab Lab from a distance, visit FabLab To-Go

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