Digital Craft Research Lab


The Digital Craft Research Lab’s goal is to foster innovative, creative research in the areas of design, craft, and art by combining advanced digital technology with traditional craft practice in an effort to educate students for the future. The DCRL fosters interdisciplinary design research, material research, and innovation through making. It is envisioned as a facilitator for partnerships between UWM researchers and regional businesses, nonprofits, arts organizations, other universities and schools.

UWM’s Digital Craft Research Lab provides undergraduate, graduate students and researchers with access to the latest technology in computer assisted design (CAD) and computer assisted manufacturing (CAM) technology called rapid prototyping. The Digital Craft Research Lab places these tools directly in students hands and places UWM along side of leading Art & Design programs in the country already incorporating this technology into their curriculum. Access to rapid prototyping technology provides a critical advantage to UWM students for career advancement. Rapid prototyping is becoming standard practice in art, design, consumer products, automotive, aerospace, and medical products industry, to name a few.

The Digital Fabrication Lab provides students with the ability to produce physical and digital models. Complex geometry can be fabricated using a variety of subtractive and additive processes, while digital models can constructed based on physical objects using contact and non-contact scanning.




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Hours of Operation


DCRL Cutting Lab:

Sunday: Noon - Midnight
Monday: 9 AM - 1 PM & 3 PM - Midnight
Tuesday: 9 AM - Midnight
Wednesday: 9 AM - 1 PM & 3 PM - Midnight
Thursday: 9 AM - Midnight
Friday: 9 AM - 1 PM & 6 PM - 8 PM
Saturday: Noon - 8 PM


DCRL Modeling/ Manual Fabrication Lab:

Computer lab and digital equipment in the shop (lathe, mini lathe, mini mill, belt grinders, foam cutter, etc) is available during the DCRL's standard hours. Click here to see the current shop hours.