The SMART Fabrication Factory in Parker Hall is a prototyping facility that supports research with industry and faculty research in material fabrication and digital craft.
The Factory is a facility of UB's SMART Community of Excellence (Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies), which brings together architecture, engineering, management and economics to advance research in next-generation technologies and processes in advanced manufacturing. In addition to the engagement of numerous architecture faculty, SMART is co-led by associate professor of architecture Omar Khan.
Among the Factory's high-powered tools are a multi-axis water jet machine that can cut through six-inch-thick stone, an industrial platform laser cutter, and a front-loading kiln for firing ceramics. The high-bay ceilings and slab floor allow for installation and display of full-scale prototypes and built works.
The facility is open to UB faculty, staff, students engaged in SMART-related research, government and industry partners and researchers from other academic institutions.