Workshops - Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Workshops - Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture
At the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, theory meets practice: learning and practical projects carried out with open minds and courage are key to our teaching methods.
The variety of workshop environments maintained by the skilled staff at our school enable experiments with materials, methods and processes to be part of learning, research and artistic activity. In each workshop, a technician who is expert in the field gives instruction on the use of the equipment and tools and provides advice on working methods. The close cooperation between the workshop technicians and the teaching staff ensure a unique learning experience.
Our workshop environments
In the Knitting Workshop, students and researchers can design and produce various knitted fabrics and products. Hand-operated knitting machines as well as an industrial flat-bed knitting machine are available for use.
In the Textile Printing Workshop there are opportunities to colour and pattern textiles by dyeing, painting, hand printing and digital textile printing. The courses organized in the workshop prepare students for professional development, give them mastery of techniques and teach them to work safely with chemicals.
Waterjet cutting is a digitally controlled working method which can be used to cut almost any kind of solid material, such as metals, rock, concrete, glass, ceramic, wood or plastics. It is mainly used for furniture and object design and for artistic activities. Waterjet cutting offers to students, researchers and teachers the space, equipment and technical personnel for creating prototypes and engaging in artistic activities and short-run production using numerous different materials.
The NC Machining/Processing Workshop is a learning environment for digital model production as well as an expert source of numerical machining/processing methods. A five-axle processing centre for wood and model building materials, three-axle machining centre for metals, and NC lathe are available.
The mechatronics workshop is meant for working with electronics, motors and robots. The workshop is divided into two sections one part is meant for mechanical assembly and a second part for soldering stations.
In the Paint Shop, students, researchers and teachers can paint and apply surface treatments to prototypes or models. It is possible to paint with a syringe, roller, brush or apply spray coatings there.
The glass studio consists of a hot and cold workshop. The hot workshop is intended for working molten glass and for glass blowing. The cold workshop is intended for grinding and polishing glass.
In the printmaking workshop it is possible to study and research multiple printmaking techniques, both old and new: intaglio, silkscreen, woodcut, book binding, risograph and letterpress printing.
Bookstudio Digital printshop, Väre F014
Aalto’s students and staff can order printed media products form Printlab’s Bookstudio. This is intended as a support service for teaching, research, artistic activities and communication. The workshop master at Bookstudio can help for example with printing required for courses but also provides personal guidance and makes their expertise available when you need to know more about printed products. Make the reservations for printing and materials in advance, preferably by email or by visiting Bookstudio. The equipment at Bookstudio (e.g. Pantone colour charts, paper samples, loupes, rulers) can be borrowed while in the Bookstudio facility.
Publications are printed using a laser production printer. The printer is suitable for example for the following products: A3 posters, cards, brochures, portfolios and theses. When books/newspapers are produced, the binding option is saddle stitching (staples in the middle of a sheet folded in two). The paper weight per square metre can be 52-350 g/m2 and the sheet size for example SRA3 (32x45 cm). There is a small selection of paper material suitable for laser printing in the storage room at Bookstudio, but material should be booked well in advance, preferably a week before the planned printing. You can also suggest your own alternatives for testing, as long as they are suitable.
More information is also available on the Printlab website: http://printlab.aalto.fi/sample-page/bookstudio/
In addition to printing, Bookstudio also has an electric cutter, a creasing and folding machine and a manual saddle stitch stapler suitable for processing the products after printing.
In Printlab’s Fine-Art Printing service you can make high-quality prints of photographs and graphics on the best museum-quality materials.
Printlab has the latest pigment-based large format printers with print width up to 160 cm. To use the service, you need to make a reservation. The master printer/workshop master provides assistance.
The Metal Workshop is a research and learning environment and provides expert functions in the areas of working with metal materials and joining technologies. The workshop offers students, researchers and teachers facilities, equipment and technical staff for the realisation of prototypes, artistic functions and small series production.
The Woodworking Shop is a learning and research environment and an expert in wood materials, woodworking and jointing techniques. The most important fields of activity are the design of furniture and objects and artistic activities. The Woodworking Shop offers students, researchers and teachers the space, equipment and staff they need to create prototypes, artistic activities and short-run production using wood materials.
Aalto University’s photographic studio on the Väre campus is an environment for learning, research and artistic activities which provides a versatile, professional studio for teaching in our school and for use by students.
Otaniemi campus has two darkrooms, designed for the development of photos and black-and-white films, which can be booked for course teaching activities and for use by students.
Darkrooms are closed during summertime between 14.6.-5.8.2019
In addition to shared IT classes, Aalto ARTS offers a wide range of workstation environments, including various video editing units, 3D-modelling units, a colour-managed IT class and editing room, and other special facilities.
Väre Takeout is an equipment lending service with diverse AV and IT equipment. Aalto ARTS studies and research have the highest priority in our operation, but everyone in Aalto community is welcome to use our services. Väre Takeout works in close cooperation with Aalto Studios’ Takeout office.