Upon joining SIT in 2013, Professor Aoshima quickly expressed a desire to purchase a laser cutter. As to why that was the case, while still somewhat of a rarity at Japanese universities, such equipment is very much part of the landscape at many overseas institutions. Accordingly, from within what was then known as the School of Architectural Engineering, Professor Aoshima worked hard to acquire sufficient funding from its numerous affiliated research laboratories. The required funding having been secured, a Trotec laser cutter was purchased, with it being mainly used by students for the fabrication of architectural models.
Then, as a result of using the laser cutter in the workshops that were being run for children, in 2017 a decision was made to make an additional purchase of a bigger laser, the Speedy 400. This later unit has been installed as a common piece of equipment at the SIT Research Laboratories. Thus, rather than being used just for the purpose of architectural research, the new unit has been situated to help develop a range of university-wide research topics involving subjects such as mechanical and electrical engineering.