Spring 2011 Welcome from the W.L. Hall Workshop

The W.L. Hall Workshop is an open laboratory for academic work related to CDES coursework. Non-academic use is not allowed.

Tentative Spring 2011 hours

Mon.-Thu. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

We've posted a calendar for the Workshop and the Annex to our main webpage. The intent of this calendar is to give everybody a sense of how busy the Workshop will be from time to time. We will post both times that the Workshop or the Annex are reserved for specific courses/activities and times that will will be designated work periods for particular classes. If you have class sessions that will include significant use of the Workshop, please let me know so that we can add it to the calendar.

DES 3170/5170 Toy Product Design
Barry Kudrowitz's ToyLab will be meeting in the Annex Thursdays 9-12 throughout the semester. The Annex will be unavailable to other users during these times. On two of these class periods the entire Workshop is reserved for this course and there a number of additional work days that the ToyLab will be in the Annex and Workshop.

We are awaiting schematic design documents from the architects and Facilities Management for the renovation of 129 Rapson for the DigiFabLab. If all stays on schedule, we will see construction documents soon and be getting estimates by the of March. Construction is not particularly extensive, so we still foresee the DigiFabLab being operational for Fall 2011. The DigiFabLab committee has prioritized Staffing for the DigiFabLab is addressed in the upcoming budget proposal.

CNC router
We've getting pretty comfortable with the operation of the CNC router and we're taking on projects on a routine basis. Introduction, tutorials, streaming instructional video's etc.. can all be found on the CNC page. Justin Kindlespire has been identified as the primary CNC Technician so if you would like to use the router, please consult with him during his normal working hours (M-F 10-5). DO NOT expect immediate results, setting up files for machining can take some time and parts sometimes require many hours to machine. The operation of equipment of this nature has a significant learning curve which we're all currently in the middle of: please bear with us as we explore the intricacies of this new capability and share what we find.

User Orientations
Prior to using the Workshop all users are expected to review the policies, procedures and equipment guides found in the User Handbook.
Since we cannot realistically expect to train 1000+ users in all aspects of shop use, all Workshop instruction will be conducted on an as-needed basis. This makes user responsibility more important than ever. Workshop staff are HERE TO HELP: please consult with a shop technician before using any machine or equipment in an unfamiliar manner.

Specific courses which make significant use of the Workshop should schedule an introduction during class session.

If you would like to schedule a general shop tour/introduction or specific demonstration topics please contact Kevin Groenke at groen004@umn.edu.