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Field Trip: WIT, MassART and MFA

Wentworth Institute of Technology

The Bray Lab staff and summer interns visited the Center for Applied Research at Wentworth Institute of Technology in their Department of Architecture. The Center supports bachelors (sophomore year and above) and masters students in Architecture – around 450 students.

Entryway to the Department of Architecture

Student work

CNC Router and Vacuum Former




Molding a facade

Molded facade on model

Vacuum Forming Process at WIT

Vacuum Forming Example

Vacuum Forming Example

The newest addition to the Center – Kuka Robotic Arm


Lee MacDonald, Studio Manager at MassART gave us a tour of some of the fabrication spaces at MassART.

Industrial Design and Architecture Studios

Industrial Design and Architecture Studios

Industrial Design and Architecture Studios

Digital Print Lab

3D printing

Model Shop


Woodshop storage wall

Woodshop cabinets

Woodshop cabinets

Woodshop shelving

Woodshop wall display

Spray Paint Booth




Woodshop continued

Metal working



Finally, we wrapped up our field trip with a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts which offers free admission for Tufts students.

Below is a picture of how Charles and Ray Eames applied the methods they used for designing and making furniture to creating mass-producible leg braces during World War II:

Group photo in the Japanese Garden: