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The Manufacturing Laboratory (FAB LAB) of the School of Architecture and Design of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce, is more than just a model workshop. This will be characterized by establishing itself as a center where manufacturing technology and computerized design meet, to allow students to develop their ideas and translate them with the highest technology available on the market.


FAB LAB Architects have adopted digital tools as the industry standard, efficiently creating complex geometric forms and translating them into physical realms by means of digital manufacturing. Fast, efficient, precise, these tools have revolutionized the way we build and manufacture objects. Anticipating these modern tendencies The School of Architecture at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico has established a cutting edge fabrication laboratory fully equipped with the latest digital fabrication tools.

Much more than a model shop, the fabrication laboratory is characterized as the nucleus where manufacturing technologies and computerized design meets, providing students and professionals alike, with modern tools to develop their creative ideas into tangible functional objects. Students will be part of an enviroment where creativity and technology go hand in hand; an ideal setting for experimentation and academic development of valuable reprecusions in the eventual intersection with the modern workforce.

The Labs mission is to introduce students to a diverse world, where fabrication technology empowers architects with the ability to translate complex ideas into tangible, meaningful objects, thereby complementing design processes that are innovative and pertinent to our era, and represented in ways previously unattainable by traditional means.

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 Maintaining a level of worldwide competiveness in technology, the fabrication laboratory will be fully equipped with a state of the art woodworking shop, metal working shop, plastics laboratory and automated machinery that will allow students to create high quality prototypes in a short amount of time.
Among them:
1) CNC Mill (Computer Numerical Controlled): is a computer controlled routing table that is able to translate computer generated surfaces and shapes into cutting paths.
The CNC cuts through solid sheets of wood, plastics and metals with incredible speed and precision.
2) Laser Cutter:  this machine uses a powerful laser that cuts through a wide array of materials using extreme precision and speed.
3) 3D printer or Rapid prototyper: this machine automatically constructs physical objects by translating complex 3D geometries and producing solid plastic objects.

These tools will facilitate and enable the students in the production of three dimensional models that will allow them to have a particular approach to form and the spatial qualities of objects during the formulation of new concepts. The laboratory will allow the production of prototypes that facilitate the continuous exploration and validation of results, generated during class or during the process of a design exercise.


The fabrication laboratory serves as an educational entity for students, professionals and the local community who are interested in learning about fabrication methods, technology and material properties.


FAB LABInnovative materials continue to be a great source of inspiration. We encourage our students to discover the material sciences by promoting an atmosphere of exploration, experimentation and implementation of their new found material knowledge into their creative processes.

The fabrication laboratory materials library is a rapidly expanding collection of diverse materials commonly used in the world of design and architecture, unique in its kind in Puerto Rico. The library is supported by a materials database easily accessible by all computers terminals inside the school, providing students direct access to information about thousands of material options.  Students can come and physically interact with a wide array of materials, helping them discover new innovative possibilities to their ideas, developing a mature sensibility for materiality and their practical application in architecture.


Recent Projects


Summer Workshop


"BATEY EL DELFIN" Recreation site in Mayagüez PR.

Painted textured studio backdrop in shades of blue and green. Ideal for creating backdrops for dramatic studio portaits

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 FabLab Staff


Ramón G. Ayala Vargas

FabLab Supervisor

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Fernando Pérez Maldonado

FabLab Machinery Operator


How can you use our FabLab? Do you have questions about it?


Suite 601 Edificio Forteza Ponce 00730 Puerto-Rico
Phone: 787 651 2000 ext. 1342

Work Hours

Monday - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday - Day off
Sunday - Day off
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