Students from all graduate departments across the SVA are welcome to use the VFL. To maintain a safe, usable, and creative workspace, access to the Lab must be monitored and limited to a certain amount of people per week. Graduate students who have projects that support and/or enhance the VFL’s philosophy of purposeful and extendable projects can apply for a residency to work to complete their project. These residencies are free for all students, including mentorship, use of tools, and resources.
A Lab Pass Request must be completed, and approved by the VFL in order to gain access to use the facilities. This will give staff an idea of what sort of resources your project will require.
To use the digital fabrication tools (3D printers, laser cutters, CNC router, wide-format printer/cutter) a 15 to 30 minute one-on-one consultation with VFL staff is required. Consultations are a great way to get help on project planning and workflow, design considerations, or to brush-up and improve skills on a range of VFL in-house software. Material costs and turnaround time will also be discussed.