Model Making Workshop

As of 1 November 2016, and until further notice, the model making workshop will once again provide its services on a limited basis, i.e. for now, it will be opened on specific days only:

Mondays: (at present closed)

Tuesdays: (at present closed)

Wednesdays: Open from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 noon,
supervised by research assistant (HIWI)

- Handing out materials only

- No cut-to-size material

Thursdays: Open from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

- Model making advisory service

- Thermal saw rental

- Cut-to-size material, provided by workshop personnel

Fridays: Open from 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

- Model making advisory service

- Thermal saw rental

- Cut-to-size material

- Handing out materials

Please note: During the current, transitional, period of limited services, students are not allowed to work in the model making workshop!

Headed by
Reg. Ang. Bernd Schneiders
Email: schneiders(at)

On-Site Equipment
Workstations for model making with Styrodur
Workstations for model making with paper and wood
Woodworking work room
Issuing desk for craft materials

Small Part Modelling Tools,

Styrodur cutting machines
Soldering irons

CNC Milling and Laser Services

Students who want to make use of this > free service < should note the following :

For reasons of health, we do not laser plastics such as acryl, plexiglas, polystyrene, etc.

Data files must be submitted via email or the "exchange" net folder only. I am not allowed to accept USB flash drives, CDs, or the like!


Submit your data files to:   

Information Regarding Laser Work:
Drawings which are to be lasered can be submitted in the dwg or dxf format. If not drawn with Autocad, it's best to save both formats. The only lines on these drawings should be those that are supposed to be cut or engraved. Please work with two layers (in VectorWorks: classes) on those drawings that are to be cut and engraved, one for the cutting lines, the other for the gravure lines. Both lines should also be drawn in different colours, red for gravure and blue for cutting. Please indicate measurements in each drawing regarding the size of a lasered component (not the actual size of the structural component with scale specifications). The maximum work area of our laser amounts to 890 x 590 mm. Furthermore, we'll need information on the material and a phone number in case of queries.

Information Regarding Milling Work (By Means of a 2D Milling Cutter):
Drawings that are to be milled must be saved in dxf format, preferably in an old version (e.g. AUTOCAD 2000 DXF). The drawing may only contain lines that are to be milled. Everything else has to be deleted, not just hidden. Double lines must not be present, which means that if you draw over lines, the old lines must be deleted. All lines have to be closed (very important), and, if at all possible, be drawn as polylines. Please indicate measurements in each drawing regarding the size of the milled component (not the actual size of the structural component with scale specifications). Measurements have to be specified in millimetres. The maximum size of the component that is to be milled amounts to 900 (x-axis) and 900 mm (y-axis).

If you observe all these things, nothing will stand in the way of successful model making.

Headed by
Reg.-Ang. Dirk Rongen
Phon 0241/ 6009 - 5 1165
Fax 0241/ 6009 - 5 1480
Room: 01401-01402

Opening Hours
Mon - Fri
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

On-Site Equipment

-CO2 Laser System (maximum laser format 890 mm x 590 mm)

-CNC Precision Tool Plotter with milling and gravure unit as well as a high performance cutting unit with oscillating knife (maximum milling format 900mm x 900 mm)

CAAD Laboratory

Headed by

Dr. Daniela Thiels

Phone 0241 / 6009 - 51181

Room 02113c






Software Used in Class







Adobe Creative Suite 4


We thank the companies Nemetschek and Graphisoft for sponsoring the software.

Plotting Service

Important! Links will only work after login

Rules for Plot Data Files

Always upload files in the PDF format. Double pages are not allowed.

You can upload them at . All information on plotting can be found in the Guidelines (in German) on the above-mentioned page.


- Your student ID number, the lettering "FH Aachen" or an FH Aachen logo will be included in our drawing.

- Plots that are paid privately by students have to be uploaded via login, but must not be sent to the plotter on one's own initiative. After the upload, please contact the plotting service.

- Check the plot queue to find out whether the plot has been printed.

Please read the guidelines before contacting the relevant department. The guidelines contain all important information (in German).

Plotter Time of Operation

Generally during the opening hours of the building at Bayernallee 9. In case of system malfunctions after 4:00 p.m., these will be fixed on the next day.

3D Printer

Large equipment funding made it possible to acquire a printer with an installation space of approx. 1 cubic metre (m³). During the so-called FFF (Fused-Filament-Fabrication) process, plastics, esp. polylactides (polylactic acids), are printed as filaments, fed from a coil.

The large installation space permits us to not only use the 3D printing process for architectural models, but to also build structural components and prototypes on a scale of 1:1, the actual size.

Under the direction of Prof. Heike Matcha, the 3D printer is used for the purpose of research as well as  research-based teaching. Within the framework of research-based teaching, the students' use of the printer is part of courses that provide an introduction to the software.

Current printer activities can be observed at room 02404's observation window. Only trained personnel is allowed to be in the room. Potential guided tours upon consultation only.

More information on the Bigrep ONE v3 device can be found on the manufacturer's website under

Download Information on the Utilisation of the 3D Printer (in German)


Headed by

Prof. Heike Matcha



Harun Güldemet



Areas of Collection Emphasis:

Architecture, urban planning, regional planning, civil engineering, construction site management, transport and traffic, water and waste management.


40,000 volumes, 179 journals and continuations. Reading room with 42 seats, PC workstations and photocopier available


Collection of 19th century portfolios, usage on request.

Library Usage:

Students, professors and FH Aachen employees. On request, people outside the university may use the library as well.

Phone 0241 / 6009 - 51104

Fax 0241 / 6009 - 52287
Room 00111


Link Library



Opening Hours:
Mon - Thu 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Fri             8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Please note opening hours during the semester break:

Mon - Thu 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(may be closed at lunchtime)

Fri             8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Dining Hall (Mensa) / Cafeteria