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Labs and Workshops

The workshops and RP_Lab of the Department are located in the north side of the ground floor of ITU Taskisla Building. Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Elective Courses are held in this workshop. Besides students can prepare their models for project courses.

General Coordinator of the IPD Application Workshops: Inst. Mehmet ERKÖK

IPD Application Workshop has the basic equipments and an oven for glass and ceramics. RP_Lab and Metal & Plastics Workshop was established via the projects that the department run with State Planning Organization of Turkey and other organizations. Beside the basic equipments and workbenches, there are also two vacuum forming machines, three lathes, metal bending, cutting machines and CNC tools. Jewelery Design Workshop: There are two courses; EUT347E Jewelry Design and Technology and EUT 348E Jewelry & Minimal Product Design in the curriculum of ITU Dept. of Industrial Product Design. There is also an MA program in Industrial Jewelry Design. The department has a jewelry workshop of 35 m" where 12 students are able to work during the jewelry courses. The workshop was established with the donations of Istanbul Chamber of Jewelry Trade and Crafts and is equipped with hand-tools and machines enabling production of jewelry and metal tableware.

ITU IPD Rapid Prototyping and Model Making Laboratory Facilities

Below machines which are available in our model making lab and their material handling capabilities are listed:

1. Roland MDX-650 (400W) CNC Cutter
Workable materials: Wood, MDF, Plaster, Epowood
Cutting range: 650 mm (X) x 450 mm (Y) x 155 mm (Z)

2. Trotec Speedy 300 (25W) Laser Cutter

Workable materials and maximum thickness:
PMMA (Plexiglas) 5 mm
Plywood (Poplar) 4 mm
Cardboard, 3 mm
Cutting range: 726 mm (X) x 432 mm (Y)

3. Uçkun CC 500 Vacuum Forming

Workable materials: PMMA (Plexiglas), PVC, PP... various thermoplastic sheets
Vacuum area: 480 mm (X) x 320 mm (Y)

4. Lathes of Various Sizes:

Workable materials: Wood, MDF, Plaster, Epowood, Aluminum

5. Pillar Drills:

Workable materials: Depends to preferred drill bit.

6. Band Saw:
Workable materials: Wood, MDF, Plaster and Polymers.

7. Table Saw:

Workable materials: Wood, MDF, Plaster and Polymers.

8. Mitre Saw:
Workable materials: Wood, MDF, Plaster and Polymers.

9. Disc Sander:
Workable materials: All materials except Ceramics and Hardened metals.

10. Scroll Saw:

Workable materials: Wood, MDF, Plaster and Polymers, (Aluminum with special carbon blade)

11. Planer/Thicknesser:

Workable materials: Wood.

Working Guides for ITU IPD Model Making and Application Laboratories

1. Long hair or loose clothing can be caught in machines. Tie long hair, tuck loose clothing, fold flapping sleeves and remove your jewellery.
2. Wear safety glasses or a face shield. Wear a dust respirator (e.g., appropriate dust mask) and hearing protector (e.g., ear plugs or ear muffs) when necessary.
3. After work, leave your working place neat and clean. All the machinery, tools and accessories used should be cleaned and left to their places properly. No graffiti should be made on workshop walls and properties.
4. Personal clothing, bags and any other belongings should be stored in the check room.
5. Wearing a laboratory coat is recommended.
6. Tools and consumables which have dangerous properties like being sharp, poisonous etc. should be handled with extra care to avoid accidents.
7. Every kind of faults which is could be seen on machinery and tools and all the unexpected situations (like a strange noise, smell etc.) should be immediately reported to the laboratory technician.
8. All kinds of behaviors (like jokes, etc.) which can disturb the working environment should be strictly avoided.
9. Eating, drinking, smoking is strictly forbidden in laboratory for all times.
10. Laboratory technician should be informed and the log book should be signed while borrowing tools from the model lab.
11. Works that are not within the context of courses can still be done in the model making laboratory, but only with the permission of the laboratory coordinator.
12. All the belongings that are left in the laboratory after the end of the semester, will become the property of the model making lab.