Q: Rellis Campus sounds cool. Can you please tell me more about it?

A: Sure! Rellis Campus was built during World War II as an Air Force base and given to TAMU when the runways became too short for large planes to land safely. Since then it has been a research campus where ballistics are tested, car collisions are performed and quantified, and future police and other personnel are trained. There is also research in engineering, erosion, agriculture, energy systems, crop dusting and race cars.


Q: What is the facility like?

A: The Architecture Fabrication and Design Lab is one of a dozen university fabrication facilities across the country. It is 15,000 square feet with areas for wood-working, metal-working, and space for project fabrication.


Q: Is there a bus that I can take to Rellis Campus?

A: Yes, route 47 now servicing Rellis Campus from 7am to 7:45pm. The bus departures at Wisenbaker, and run every hour.


Q: Where can I park at?

A: Parking is permitted on the gravel behind the Fab Lab's addition (North Side).


Q: Can I work on my project on the weekends?

A: No. Rellis Campus is a secure gated facility and not open on weekends. It is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5 pm.


Q: I need a block of time to work on my project and cannot get there during school time. What do I do?

A: Due to safety requirements, all projects must be completed during normal business hours. Fab Lab staff will work with you on scheduling your required times during regular business hours.


Q: I plan to work at the Fab Lab all day. What can I do about food?

A: There are no vending machines or eating facilities at Rellis Campus so please bring your own lunch and drinks. There is a water fountain, microwave and refrigerator to store food temporarily. The closest store is in Smetana about 2 miles away toward Bryan on highway 21. There is also a Subway & McDonalds at the intersection of Villa Maria and 2818.


Q: Can I drop in to do a quick project?

A: No, all work requires the completion of the safety training and schedule request prior to beginning. However, you may drop in to discuss any issues with the Fab Lab Manager, Christopher Paulk, but please call/email ahead (979-862-3730) or cpaulk@arch.tamu.edu.


Q: Do I have to wear safety glasses, long pants, close toed shoes, and have my shirt tucked in and hair pulled back every time I am at the Fab Lab?

A: If you are dropping off materials or waiting for a project to be completed on the CNC Router you do not have to conform to the dress code but you must stay in a designated area. If you are going to be doing any work at the Fab Lab then dress code must be followed and is strictly enforced.


Q: I have worked with power tools my whole life; do I still have to take the Safety Training?

A: Yes. The required training videos/exams are available on the website under policies & procedures.


Q: Do I have to take the Safety Training again if I took it last year?

A: Yes. You must take the Safety Training every year.


Q: Is there a place where I can store my project while I work on it?

A: You may leave your project out, within reason, for the duration of the time you have designated on your schedule request. Completed projects cannot be stored at the Fab Lab.


Q: I will be back tomorrow morning to work. Can I just sweep up then?

A: No, please be considerate and keep the shop tidy. Always clean up your messes at the work bench and after all equipment use.


Q: Can I borrow tools from the Fab Lab?

A: No.


Q: Can I bring my own tools?

A: No. The equipment at the Fab Lab is inspected regularly to conform to safety codes, so please use the equipment provided.


Q: Are there any free materials for student use?

A: Not typically, materials are allocated for specific projects. Please purchase and transport project materials yourself.


Q: I have a cool project I want to do for my own. Can I use the tools and equipment at the Fab Lab?

A: Yes, The facility is avaiable for personal use for a fee: $60/Hr. (You are still required to follow all safety training and scheduling guidelines)