Lab2PT Infrastructures


Research at Lab2PT takes place at the Institute of Social Sciences, in the Gualtar Campus and in the Congregados building, in the city of Braga, and at the School of Architecture, Art and Design, in the Azurém and Couros campi, both in the city of Guimaraes.

Lab2PT is characterized by a high laboratory intensity, the result of a strong investment made in recent years in laboratory equipment and training, operating on different fronts (more particularly in relation to activities in the areas of Architecture, Archeology and Arts and Design) and across different locations: UMinho Archeology Unit, in Braga, along with CEAUM (Study Center of the School of Architecture), LCT (Construction and Technology Laboratory), ARENA (Advanced Design & Technology Lab), Advanced Ceramics R&D Lab, Lab 1 (Prototyping laboratory), Lab 2 (Digital manufacturing laboratory) and Garagem Avenida workshops (molds and pastes, textiles, ceramics and printing), the latter in Guimarães.

In these laboratories, R&D activities cross with other teaching activities, in an essential permeability for the development of work, as well as the provision of services abroad. The installed laboratory capacity responds to the range of Lab2PT actions, being an indispensable vehicle for collaboration between researchers, public and private institutions, in consolidating the interdisciplinarity sought.

Through UMinho’s open RepositoriUM, digital databases related to research projects in the different areas of Lab2PT are also made available.

Advanced Ceramics Lab

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Digital equipment for additive manufacturing to research challenging uses and functions for ceramic materials.

Archaeology Unit

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– Specialised Library of Archaeology, Photography and Cartography.

– Multimedia and Visualisation Laboratory: dedicated to the production of 3D and virtual models.

– Information Systems Laboratory: for the central management of databases and GIS (Geographic Information Systems).

Architecture School Study Centre

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Equipped with a complete and up-to-date architecture and urbanism design studio, that makes it possible to develop projects in which professional practice is allied with scientific research.

Arena Advanced Design & Technology Lab

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The main mission is to support R&D focused on the integration of digital technologies for the development of Architectural and product Design projects, in particular in the integration of robotic manufacturing systems, additive manufacturing, cyber-physical systems and virtual Reality systems.

Construction and Technology Laboratory

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Covers a broad spectrum of topics, including the study and the development of structural systems, components, and materials. It follows rigorous procedures, inspired by the latest technologies and key concepts in the area of experimental tests.

Design Institute of Guimarães

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Development of new products, methods and design and manufacturing process, equipped with carpentry tools and digital machines (CNC; laser engraving machine; universal oven; 3D printer; 3D scanning).

Institute of Social Sciences

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Teaching, study and management spaces.

School of Architecture, Art and Design

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Pedagogical, study and management spaces.

Photography Laboratory.

Nuno Portas Library.

Lab2PT — Infrastructures

Partnership Infrastructure