The new equipment available to students includes a virtual reality headset and space set up for a virtual reality experience, a new Cricut Maker (a machine that can cut fabric, leather, paper, vinyl, etc.), and a new conference room table with a cutting mat at the end. Rogowski has also moved the sewing/embroidery machine to a more accessible location.
Rogowski wants ITLS students to know this is a space for them to use. Any ITLS student can get a keycard to the room by requesting it from Deidri Neilson (email@example.com). Students can schedule the room via the room reservation page on the ITLS website. Students can come study, play, or just hangout in the room any time it is not being used for a meeting.
The equipment is also available for students to use at any time. There are some resources available (e.g., a tutorial on how to use the Laser Cutter made by Ryan Cain and Kevin Lawanto) on the Design Lab page. Rogowski also plans to hold monthly maker workshops themed around a piece of equipment in the Design Lab. Below is a list of the equipment and material available in the room with a brief description.
A sewing machine and embroidery machine is available for eTextiles. A large magnifying glass is also available for detailed stitching.
Soldering is a technique used mostly to do detailed work on circuit boards and other electronics. All the equipment is available here.
HTC Vive VR Space
A virtual reality headset is available in a small room in the back of the Design Lab. The space is calibrated to work with the headset. Faculty or the Design Lab manager can open the room.
The laser cutter can cut thicker material such as wood or metal. Please watch the online tutorials before using this machine.
Conference Room Table
This conference room table is available for meetings. It fits at least eight chairs. A cutting mat is available at the end of the table.
Cardboard, paper, and plastic are available in four bins tucked under a couple of the shelves.
A playstation, a television, and game controllers are available. The television is also available for presentations and is connected to an Apple TV.
Several cameras are in the design lab. You can contact Kris Borecki (firstname.lastname@example.org) to gain access to use the cameras for research.
A shelf of board games are available to play. Sometimes game jams are held in the Design Lab.
Student-Built Arcade Machine
You can play Pac-Man and other classic games on this student-built arcade machine.