Students are introduced to various methods of materials fabrication within a production lab setting. Through whole class demonstrations, students see the difference between custom manufacturing and mass production in terms of quality and quantity of output. The concepts of just-in-time manufacturing are discussed throughout the activity. Automated manufacturing is introduced through the use of a CNC (Computer Numeric Control) router. Students utilize a variety of tools, machines and fixtures during the production run. The output for this activity is a wooden folding stool.