The Design Futures Lab (DFL) is a teaching and research lab and a very hands-on environment. Making is integral to all the disciplines of the Built Environment and we house a range of spaces and equipment available to help you with all of your model-making needs.
The Design Futures Lab is located on the ground floor of the Squarehouse Building (E4). Enter through the first set of doors, the ones with the DFL logo on them! You will need to scan your student card upon entry to the Squarehouse.
Assistance with Enrolment, Student ID cards and IT support will be available from The Nucleus: Student Hub so feel free to reach out if you get stuck!
To help you get started in your degree we have put together a kit with some essential materials you will need.
Kits can be purchased in the Design Futures Lab Shop located in the Squarehouse. Payment is by card only, we do not take cash sorry.
Buying a kit is not compulsory, however if you are enrolled in the course BENV1010 you will need all of the items in the standard kit and if you are enrolled in INTA2001 you will need all of the items in the Interior Architecture kit. If you already have this equipment at home or want to source the equipment from somewhere else you do not have to buy the full kit.
If you already have some of the items in the kit and want to just buy some of the individual parts from us, come and chat to us in the Design Futures Lab and we can help you out!
To gain access to the Design Futures Lab and the UNSW Makerspace Network users need to earn access Badges. Badging is how we ensure UNSW Making users have the skills to safely and efficiently use our network of materials, machines and spaces.
Remember that you will need to complete pre-requisite online learning components before you are able to book into a Badge Training session.
To get started using the Design Futures Lab you will need to gain our two main badges, the Workshop Safety Badge and the Digital Fabrication Badge. Once you have gained these two badges you will have access to the wood workshop as well as the laser cutting and 3D printing services. Badges for other equipment can be obtained at later stages during your degree when you need to use certain equipment.
The Workshop Safety Badge is your entry ticket into the Design Futures Lab. You will need to complete some pre-requisite reading and assessment before being able to book a practical induction. Ensure when booking your practical induction that you choose one located at the Design Futures Lab. The practical inductions will run for 2 hours and teach you how to safely use most of the machines in the wood workshop. When attending the practical induction please ensure you are wearing closed toe shoes and no loose clothing or jewellery.
The Digital Fabrication Badge will give you access to the laser cutting and 3D printing facilities. You will need to complete some pre-requisite reading before being able to book a practical induction. Ensure when booking your practical induction that you choose one located at the Design Futures Lab. The practical inductions will run for 2 hours and teach you how to safely operate a laser cutter and prepare files for 3D printing. When attending the practical induction please ensure you are wearing closed toe shoes and no loose clothing or jewellery. You will also be required to bring a laptop.
Practical inductions will commence in O-Week prior Term 1. Please make sure you have completed all of the pre-requisite readings and quizzes before booking and attending the practical inductions.