Haas Technical Center / IED / Design Lab

The O.T. Swanson Multidisciplinary Design Laboratory (The Design Lab) at Rensselaer is well known for its real world student-led projects. Beneath the design studio sprawls the cutting edge fabrication and prototyping shop that is supported in part by the generosity of Haas Corporation, the largest machine tool builder in the United States.

Fabrication and Prototyping Area (which includes the Introduction to Engineering Design project space, Design Lab Project Space, and Haas technical Center) boosts an array of the latest equipment. For a complete list, see the equipment section.

Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC)

Located in the Jonsson Engineering Center this facility provides technical assistance and computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining to support Introduction to Computer Aided Machining Class as well as services for senior capstone design projects in the Design Lab, upper level engineering classes and student club support.  STEM outreach is also supported in the  HTEC.

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) Project Space

Located in the Jonsson Engineering Center this facility provides a fabrication environment for students to apply class lessons as they build prototypes for solutions to engineering problems.  Resources include mechanical and electrical fabrication equipment, some supplies, and technical knowledge from faculty and staff.

Design Lab Project Space

The Design Lab Project Space in the Jonsson Engineering Center provides flexible meeting areas for collaboration, discussion, and presentations among student groups working on design challenges within The O.T. Swanson Multidisciplinary Design Lab experience.

Jonsson Engineering Center (JEC) Room 2332
  • Haas CNC Control Simulators
  • Haas Mini Mill
  • Haas SL 10
  • Haas VF 2
  • Haas VF2SS
  • Haas ST10y
  • Paint Booth
  • General Machining and Fabrication Equipment
  • Electronic Scopes and Meters
Hours of Operation 

General Hours of Operation

M-F 9 am - 4 pm

IED Shop Hours
M-TH 5-9 pm
Friday 5-7 pm

Capstone Design Lab evening and weekend hours as requested


Sam Chiappone

Director, Manufacturing Innovation x8295  e-mail chiaps@rpi.edu