ArtCenter is a college of makers. And much of the physical making process occurs in the Shops at Hillside.
Students from all disciplines learn to use the latest professional equipment required to complete projects in woodworking, metal fabrication, vacuum forming, plastic sheet fabrication and fiberglass and composite fabrication. Additional facilities are dedicated to sanding and buffing, rubber-mold making, plastic casting, sandblasting, spray-painting and plaster fabrication.
Students have access to the latest in rapid prototyping technologies in our 3D prototyping shops, including various 3D printers that use plastics and powder, mills and routers, as well as the only 3D printer that uses ordinary copy paper as the build material to print photorealistic color as accurately, vividly and intricately as a document printer. Laser-cutters are also available to cut or etch plastic, wood or composites for a wide range of projects.
The Shops also feature a well-stocked tool and equipment checkout area and a retail material sales area, making it easy to finish projects without driving to home supply centers.