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IDEA Factory

Inspiring students to bring their ideas and projects to life by providing tools and expertise.

Hours & Location

Located in the Engineering Innovation Building Room 110. We are closed on most holidays.

  • Monday10 am — 2 pm
  • Tuesday10 am — 2 pm
  • Wednesday10 am — 2 pm
  • Thursday10 am — 2 pm
  • FridayClosed
  • Saturday/SundayClosed

Frequently Asked Questions

The lab and all of its equipment are free for student/faculty use.

Some generic materials like small pieces of wood and acrylic will be provided. If you need more specific materials, you will be required to bring these. If you would like to know more about the materials we do have, please stop by and see what we have in stock.

Priority will be given to students in the College of Engineering but all students/faculty/staff will be allowed to use the lab.

The IDEA factory is a project based lab. It is not a space for homework unless that homework is a project that needs the machines or software.

We currently allow students to work on personal projects, but senior design and school projects take priority.

In the general areas of the lab, simple snacks will be allowed. If you are using the computers or machines, you will be asked to finish your food/drinks away from the equipment before use.

Dual Monitor Computers

  • All general engineering software Laser Cutter Computer
  • Cura (3D Printing Software)
  • VCarve Pro (CNC Path Setup)
  • 1-Touch Laser Photo
  • UCP (Laser Cutter Software
  • Adobe CC

CNC Router Computer

  • Mach 3 (CNC Software)
  • VCarve Pro (CNC Path Setup

No, the machines are used on a first come, first serve basis. To keep the lab open for all types of projects, priority will be given to students working on:

  1. Senior Design and Team Projects
  2. Other Class Projects
  3. Personal Projects

Employees

Jeff Tibbitts

Jeff
Biology

Chris Tibbitts

Chris
Outdoor Product D&D

Alli Lundell

Alli
Graphic Design

Cameron Wasden

Cameron
Electrical engineering

Leo Alfonseca

Leo
Facilities Director

Emma

Emma
Mechanical Engineering

Weston Seegmiller

Weston
Mechanical engineering

Hal Chugg

Hal
Engineering Technician