This lab provides a space for students, faculty and staff to experiment and explore new fabrication processes with prototyping, testing and creating mockups in a variety of scales and materials, with a standard suite of tools ranging from woodworking to light-machining along with CAD and other 3-D design capabilities employing an Epilog Helix 50 laser cutter and Dimension 1200 sst 3D printer. The lab is equipped with computers with software such as Rhino, CAD, Solidworks and a multitude of relevant software. which can then create products using state of the art equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters and digital scanning and modeling tools and a fully equipped electronics lab.
The digital fab-lab is a 3D CAD/CAM development studio. This studio houses 3D FDM printers, a laser cutter and digital scanning and modeling tools. Dell Precision workstations run software such as Rhino 3D for digital model design. There are 10 work benches equipped for electronics and design project work.
The dirty shop fabrication space is centered around large format CNC milling and cutting tables and lathes. This space also is a full wood/metal shop with a dedicated area for welding. The fabrication area also includes a separate room for locking project storage, to allow students to store work in progress.
The computer lab is equipped for digital media creation with fast computers and media applications. 15 dedicated 27” Apple iMac computers are on desks, equipped with the latest media software such as Apple Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Cycling ‘74 Max/MSP, Adobe Creative Suite, and more. A large central set of tables in the lab provides a classroom or meeting space, and can be used for laptop computers. The lab is also equipped with a screen, projector and sound system for presentations.
The Media Lab is also where our tutoring sessions occur and students are able to stop by and get one-on-one tutoring session from a peer member in a variety of subjects. For more information on tutoring, please visit the Tutoring Center.
Our electronics workshop is generously equipped modern facility with tools and equipment conveniently set up for students and faculty working on electronic circuit development. The lab has 15 workbenches all equipped with a power supply, digital multimeters, a DSO, a function generator, a soldering station and a drawer complete with hand tools. It is normally stocked with standard circuit components, popular sensors, Arduinos and development boards. The space has an 80" HD monitor, a sound bar and a wireless document camera. It can handle 25 people for giving lectures.
The Motion Analysis Lab/Intelligent Stage, home to the Synthesis Center, is a research lab and performance space dedicated to motion analysis and the creation of responsive environments with interactive, multimodal feedback. The facility is equipped with a high-end, industry standard motion-capture system, eight-channel audio, floor and theatrical scrim projection surfaces, programmable lighting, and a pressure-sensitive floor developed at the School of Arts, Media and Engineering that is integrated into the motion-capture system. The lab was formed as part of the Interdisciplinary Research Environment for the Motion Analysis (IREMA) initiative, which offers a unique and powerful palette of perspectives to address existing research questions in motion capture and analysis. This initiative was formed through a partnership with Motion Analysis Corporation and awarded an NSF Research Infrastructure grant in 2005, which allowed for its continued expansion.
This space is a research and instructional space with a flexible infrastructure utilizing multiple types of sensing, audio and visual technologies. Features include 5.1 surround audio, multiple projection surfaces, and motion capture system. The Ranch is used daily for realization of research and class work. Student, faculty and staff can reserve various spaces for specific research projects, where they can collaborate and problem solve, while boosting their ingenuity and provide a place to experiment and spark creativity and stimulate innovation.
investigate digital media and theory and how it has shaped, enhanced, or improved modern design. Imagine technologies that could enhance design methods, while also thinking about design practices in unconventional forms.