FAR is housed in a 22,500-square-foot facility nestled on 5 acres in northwest Tallahassee. The facility offers space and specialized equipment for experimental printmaking, spatial audio, electronics and digital fabrication to researchers, faculty and students as part of a rigorous interdisciplinary investigation into making.
3D Printing Lab:
Our 3D Printing Lab houses three machines that use three different materials and processes to produce prints. The MakerBot uses a heated extruder head to produce prints with ABS or PLA plastic, the Mcor Matrix 3D Printer uses a unique additive and subtractive process with regular office paper, and the Zcorp 3D Printer uses a special plaster-like powder. The lab offers access to a ventilation hood for model post processing.
The Laser Lab contains FAR’s two laser cutters and materials storage racks. The Epilog Legend 36EXT Laser engraver has a bed size of 24 x 36 inches and the Epilog Zing Laser engraver has a bed size of 12 x 16 inches.
The Materials Processing lab houses FAR’s ShopBot CNC Router, belt sander, and table saw. The ShopBot CNC router is a 3 axis machine with additional 4th axis potential for milling work and is equipped with a vacuum table. The router can be used for woodwork as well as drawing or cutting with a drag knife.
Our letterpress shop is equipped with three Vandercook presses, a photo-polymer platemaker and in-house negative making capabilities. We also maintain a growing collection of metal and wood type and are currently producing sets of laser-engraved and 3D printed type as a part of our ongoing research in experimental printmaking techniques.
Equipped with a Jacques board shear, Challenge guillotine, nipping press and an assortment of hand tools, the book bindery is set up for modestly scaled production work.
The paper studio is outfitted with a hand-built, 1 lb. paper beater, hydraulic press, drying system and an assortment of moulds and deckles.
Our facility houses two etching presses (one just under 4 x 8 feet), hot plate, vacuum table, washout room and several standing and sitting work surfaces.