Regardless of what kinds of projects students design… computation and electronics are integral tools to the way in which designers work today. Access to code, DIY electronics, and production quality machines is only a beginning step in the process, embedding new modes of communication is the next step. The Making Lab’s emphasis is around connecting students’ concepts and skill level with opportunities into programming, small-scale electronics, and rapid prototyping.
The Making Lab is a 2,000 sqft studio located in the Wind Tunnel Studio that consists of a Classroom, Sensor Library, Laser Cutter, High-End Mac and PC Computing Stations, AR/VR playspace with HTC Vives and Microsoft Hololens, MAKEiT Pro-L 3D Printer, Othermill Desktop CNC Machine, Equipment Room, Tool Crib, Table-top Bandsaw and Sander, 44″ Large-format Photo Plotter, and Photo/Video Gear.
Both the Hillside and South campuses have wood and metal shops, color materials lab, Sewing Lab, computer labs, rapid-prototyping equipment, printing labs, and tech support available for all MDP students to use (see the ArtCenter site for more information on how to access). These labs are opportunities for students around campus to assist in research, education, and production of your work.
The Making Lab will be available to all MDP students. We will follow the ArtCenter on-Campus guidelines and procedures.