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Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.

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. Our equipment includes two laser cutters, a 3D printer, a vinyl cutter, sewing machine and basic power tools. We also have low-res prototyping supplies (think glue and modeling clay!). Everyone is invited to use this space, and we strive to support those underrepresented as makers in claiming technology as their own. We’re open to students, staff, faculty and community members. Our work promotes the idea of making as a form of thinking and creative play—and we’re here to help you do that.

We have a new, fully accessible makerspace at Capen Annex. Come check out our vinyl cutter, Glowforge lasercutter, Ultimaker 3D printer and sewing machine during open hours.

Studio Open Hours

During open hours, the prototyping studio will be open and a staff member will be available to assist you with any of your project needs.

You can use this time to:

  • Use any of the tools and materials in the design studio.
  • Receive drop-in vinyl cutting, lasercutting or sewing help.
  • Work on a project without needing a buddy.
  • Receive safety training.
  • Meet others interested in making and design.

A staff member will be present during all design studio open hours. The design studio is open without technical support from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Additional access to the downstairs prototyping studio can be granted upon completion of Safety Training. Additional access to the upstairs prototyping studio can be granted with completion of Lasercutting Certification.

Meet With Us

Make a one-on-one appointment with our staff for equipment training, project consultation, Lasercutter Certification or Safety Training. Due to high demand, please come to open hours to learn how to use the lasercutter for the first time rather than making a training appointment.


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.

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