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Studio Maquette

The Mantua Campus studio maquette is a service available to all students duly enrolled at the Politecnico di Milano for the creation of architectural models using manual tools and professional equipment.


The following are available free of charge: cutters, set squares, glues, brushes, scissors, hammers, nails, plaster, spatulas, chisels, adhesive tapes and everything necessary for the creation of any type of model. The equipment can be used only and exclusively inside the Modelling Laboratory and to use it outside of the same (but on Campus) requires the student must deposit a document.

The second room, adjacent to the first, is the work area for students. Inside there are tables for the preparation, processing and assembly of models and material cutting equipment. Students can leave their models in custody only for the period of time necessary for their effective implementation. On completion, students must remove their models and leave the work area tidy.

Studio maquette is open to all students on the days and at the times indicated and no access authorisation is required from professors. Being a Campus service for all students, application of the basic rules of good manners and responsibility is required.

Modelling Laboratory Regulations


Inside the Modelling Laboratory the following equipment is in use:

  • Styrocut machines for cutting polystyrene and polystyrene
  • jig saws for cutting soft and hard woods, plastics of limited thickness, thin sheet metal, thick cardboard
  • sanders for finishing cuts
  • drill presses
  • grinding wheel
  • vise
  • laser cutter
  • horizontal cutter for cutting rigid panels


In order to access the Modelling Laboratory and use the equipment available, all users must take the safety training course, organised and held by laboratory technicians, The Modelling Laboratory technicians also provide instructions on the proper use of the machines, ensure their maintenance and good working order and support students in building the model, if necessary and when requested to do so.

From reading the plans to model design, choice of materials, definition of the degree of detail appropriate to each scale and processing methods, you can learn the necessary processes for the successful outcome of your architectural model.


Scientific director prof. Luigi Fregonese