Provide a safe and reliable facility for research and exploration in design and fabrication processes using the inherent tools, materials, and technology.

Fab Lab Policies

Appropriate Attire Requirements

Appropriate Attire

FabLAB Safety Training

Fabrication is extremely rewarding and critical to the mission of the CAED, but it is also inherently dangerous, even for professionals. Special training is required to use any powered equipment without immediate direct supervision by FabLAB staff. These specialized training sessions are by appointment and at the availability of qualified staff.

All users must complete the FabLAB Safety Training prior to using the equipment in the FabLAB.
In the FabLAB, safety is the most important word. Students, faculty, and staff are all required to complete the FabLAB Safety Training before any use of the facility and its equipment will be permitted. The FabLAB is available for academic pursuits only, and its use is at the discretion of managing staff.

The Fabrication Lab (FabLAB) has a growing suite of equipment:



  • Saw Stop Industrial Cabinet Saw
  • Mitersaw
  • 14” Jet bandsaw
  • 18” Jet bandsaw
  • Powermatic combination sander
  • 8” Jet Jointer
  • 12” Dewalt planer
  • 6” Jet edge sander
  • Jet drill press
  • Kreg router table
  • Suite of Festool powertools
  • Suite of Kreg Jigs and tools

Metal Lab

  • 14” Morse cutoff saw
  • Drill press
  • Jet 12” disc sander
  • Lincoln Electric MIG and TIG welders
  • Lincoln Electric plasma cutter
  • 4’ x 4’ Torchmate CNC plasma cutter
  • Jet horizontal bandsaw

Additional Equipment Resources

  • 3 axis LAGUNA 4’ x 8’ router
  • 16” x 16” Shapeoko CNC router
  • 6 axis Kuka KR60HA robotic arm
  • 32” x 48” CentroForm vacuum former
FabLAB equipment collage

CNC Access

CNC Policy       Flashtrain Shapeoko

Use of CNC equipment is by appointment only and is initiated through a web-based submission form. Users are responsible for preparing all digital files (CAD and CAM) and supplying materials. The FabLAB uses RhinoCAM for machine programming. FabLAB Laguna CNC cutting tool rental for materials other than foam will incur a charge of $0.07 per minute of cut time.


The FabLAB is located on the basement level of the CAED at 132 S. Lincoln St., Kent OH.


Shop Hours Schedule

Spring/Summer  4/12/21  - 8/25/21

*Hours subject to change based on staffing availability. Please contact FabLAB staff in advance to schedule and coordinate access to the shop. * Must be currently enrolled students, faculty, or staff.


The FabLAB has a limited amount of materials for sale. These materials can be purchased online and picked up in the FabLAB during operating hours. See the link below for selection and method of purchasing. The following items are currently available in the supply store:

  • Poplar 1x6x8
  • Masonite
  • Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)
  • Baltic Birch Plywood (various sizes and thicknesses)
  • Extruded Polystyrene Foam (various thicknesses)
  • Acrylic Clear Sheet (various sizes and thicknesses)

Click here to visit the FabLAB Supply Store

You must be currently enrolled as a student or currently employed by Kent State University to make purchases through the FabLAB Supply Store.


Phone: 330-672-1590

Email: CAED-fablab@kent.edu


Credits: Created with images by Chris Ralston - "untitled image" • Simon Caspersen - "Powerdrill" • BarelyFitz - "spinning wheel" • agordon1 - "IMG_0095" • Russ Ward - "Plasma Cutter" • jarmoluk - "robot arm technology"