Design Futures Lab

First Year Guide to the Design Futures Lab

What is the Design Futures Lab?

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.

Where are we?

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.

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Get Started

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To get started you will need to have the following:

  1. zID Number - You should receive a zID number once you have enrolled in your degree this will be used to create an account with us here to keep track of all your training.
  2. Student Card - Your student card will allow you to access the Design Futures Lab as well as purchase materials. Information about getting a student card can be found here.
  3. Student Email - Your student email is how we will contact you. You will need this when you are booking safety inductions or making a booking to use equipment. Information about setting up your student email address can be found here.

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!


Get Equipped

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First Year in 2022? Enrolled in BENV1010?

To help you get started in Term 1 we have put together a kit with some essential materials you will need.

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Price: $160

For students studying:

  • Architecture
  • Industrial Design
  • Computational Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • City Planning

Kit contains:

  • Carry bag
  • A3 cutting mat
  • Steel ruler
  • Cutting knife
  • Scalpel & blade
  • Masking tape
  • UHU glue
  • Clutch pencil
  • Fineline ink pens
  • Graphite pencil set
  • Charcoal pencil set
  • A4 spiral sketchbook
  • A3 sketch pad
  • A3 tracing paper pad
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Price: $370

For students studying:

  • Interior Architecture

or

  • Enrolled in INTA2001

Kit contains:

  • All items listed in standard kit above

AND

  • Compass set
  • Set square
  • Scale ruler
  • Drawing board
  • Circle template
  • Yellow trace


How Do I Get a Kit?

Kits can be purchased through the Design Futures Lab. Purchases can be made online through the following link or by clicking the button below. Make sure you choose the right kit for the subject you are doing.

Once you have purchased your kit online, you can come and pick it up from the Design Futures Lab (Squarehouse E4; Ground Floor). Make sure you bring your receipt email as a proof of purchase.

DFL Online Shop


Do I Have to Buy a Kit?

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!

Individual Item Prices

Kit Stock Costing



Course Material Costs...What are they?

Some courses may have an associated material cost which will provide you with the materials you will need to complete the course. These materials will be distributed in class at the relevant time.

These can be purchased from the same location as the kits and materials will be distributed in class. If you are enrolled in both BENV1010 and INTA1000 you will need to purchase both material packs.


Get Inducted

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Safety Inductions are your gateway to using the Design Futures Lab

Note: All students enrolled in BENV1010 will be required to obtain the Makerspace Safety Badge and the Digital Fabrication Badge before commencing.

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 Makerspace 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 Makerspace 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 3 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. Masks will also need to be worn when attending inductions and all students must sign in using the QR code upon entering due to NSW Covid Requirements.


Start the Makerspace Safety Badge
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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. Masks will also need to be worn when attending inductions and all students must sign in using the QR code upon entering due to NSW Covid Requirements.


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2022 Inductions

Practical inductions for 2022 will commence in week 2 of T1. Please make sure you have completed all of the pre-requisite readings and quizzes before booking and attending the practical inductions.