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Studio & Hours

Students learning how to use the sewing machine
A student learning how to use the lab space
A group of students working on various projects
A group of students at a bag making workshop
Various hand tools hanging on the wall

The prototyping studio at the Design Thinking Initiative is a collaborative space to make, create and work on projects of any kind. This semester, students have virtual access to our prototyping equipment, including our lasercutter, vinyl cutter, and 3D printers. We're also supporting making with low-cost, low-tech materials- whether they're found objects in your home, or donated from local makers. 

Open Hours

During our open hours, The prototyping studios are open to anyone, regardless if you have completed safety training or not. Come hang out with us and get to know our Studio Design Partners! Our SDP's are trained on many of our equipment and are here to help you with your project or learn how to use a machine! Please check our live calendar to see who is working today as it may change day to day!

Safety Training

To gain 24/7 hour access to our downstairs prototyping space, you must complete our safety training.


Remote Access

Work with a staff member to use studio equipment for remote making. Our lasercutter, vinyl cutter, and 3D printer are available for remote use. Since fabrication remotely is labor intensive and expensive, we ask that you only use remote fabrication for coursework or your own, original designs.

To fabricate a project remotely, follow these steps:

  1. Create the design file appropriate for the equipment you’re using. If you need help designing your file, visit our Tutorials & Equipment page, or sign up for a 1:1 software support appointment with Kathy!
  2. Schedule a time to co-fabricate your design on zoom!

Meet With Us

Sign up for a time to meet with our staff for project consultation, technical help, or anything else! We can talk about how to advance your making project with materials you might find around the house, or about how the studio could help you fabricate your project. You can also sign up software support and remote making access.


Studio Design Partners

Our studio design partners work at the Design Thinking Initiative, and lead design projects, learn design and prototyping skills, enable student access to the prototyping studio through open hours, and help to maintain a safe and creative making environment.

To learn about open positions, join our mailing list by emailing us:

Tool Checkout

Check out books and specific tools for a project, or curricular activity.