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TXWES Makers Lab: The Lab

Four Sections

Project Design

Project Design

The Wesleyan Makers Lab includes four sections that offer services and activities to our faculty, staff, students, and members of the community. These four sections are the:

  1. The Fabrication Lab
  2. the Design Spot
  3. the Multimedia Production and Editing Studio
  4. the Expanded Media Lab.  

Fabrication Laboratory

The Fabrication Laboratory focuses on modelling, prototyping, and production. The equipment includes: 

  • three 3D printers,
  • one 3D laser scanner
  • one laser cutter/engraver
  • basic shop tools.

The ability to print, scan, and/or cut in a three-dimensional format truly allows a user to be fully involved in the entire creation process, from concept to finished product. It provides the creator the freedom to experiment and not be constrained by a lack of funding, or industry connections. This in turn leads to innovation and discovery that would otherwise be ignored. Furthermore, the 3D laser scanner allows for a physical object to be accurately represented in the digital world. Once an object is scanned, an individual can inspect and assess it for flaws, reverse engineer it's design, and submit it to the replication process when used in conjunction with a 3D printer or laser cutter.  

Design Spot

The Design Spot focuses on fabric and fiber arts design through the use of the following:

  • paper and vinyl die cutting
  • a direct-to-garment printer
  • heat press.

Here an individual has the freedom to design materials for marketing, outreach, and artistic expression. With only a digital image file, one can print decals for home décor, clothing, and accessories. The direct-to-garment printer allows for the printing of designs directly onto fabric without the harsh fumes and bulky equipment necessary in traditional screen printing. A designer can test print an image onto fabric easily and assess for quality control without the exorbitant cost of having to use an outside vendor.  

Multimedia Production and Editing Studio

The Multimedia Production and Editing Studio is used for film and multimedia production through the use of the following

  • the Padcaster Ultimate Studio,
  • green and black screen backdrops
  • software used in audio and video post-production 

The Padcaster equipment can be used in the lab or at another on-site location to film and record a vast array of content. Faculty and staff can use the equipment to film workshops and tutorials of hard to grasp subject content that can be easily accessed when they are not available. Students can film research projects and proposals, document current events, and preserve memories that are not only important to themselves but also to the campus culture. 

The Expanded Media Lab is a general use computer lab with desktops that include an array of software. Located on the first floor of the library.                            image of expanded media lab