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Model-making Studio

This space and equipment helps you to develop your conceptual, sketch and presentation models, working with materials such as timber, plastics, polyurethane foams and chemi-wood.

You'll be able to develop your projects in this well-equipped space, facilitated with expert supervision from our workshop technicians. In here you'll find bansaws, sanders, 2D and 3D hot-wire cutting and vacuum forming machinery, milling machines, lathes and drills.

Architecture students working in the model making workshop in the Maudslay building on the City Campus


We have four bandsaw machines, three SCM and one Wadkin.

These machines are a power saws with long, sharp blades consisting of a continuous band of toothed metal stretched between two or more wheels to cut material. These are used principally in woodworking, metalworking, but these can cut a variety of materials.

The Larger Bandsaw (Saracen SCM) is a Band Re-saw and this is used for larger materials and Lumbar.

Sanding machines

We have a range of sanding machines used by students across all courses, used to prepare surfaces and furniture for a high-quality finish.

2D and 3D hot-wire cutting and vacuum forming machinery

Our hot wire cutters will aid you in cutting foam models for quick visual prototyping. Our vacuum forming machines will also allow creation of high quality plastic 3D models.

CNC 4 axis milling machine

Milling machines

Using a milling machine is one of the most commonly used processes in industry for machining parts to specific sizes and shapes. You'll use our HAAS machine develop and design your projects.

MAU CNC lathe


You'll be taught to use this machine for cutting, sanding, knurling, drilling, and deformation of metal based materials. You can use this equipment for metalworking, woodturning, metal spinning and thermal spraying.