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The MakerLab

We have also recently started a program where people who are not clients of ours can get 3D prototypes of their ideas made by us at the MakerLab (our prototyping lab on the 3rd floor of crossings) for a fee. This being a free service for current clients.

MakerLab is a prototyping space for students who are interested in learning how to build a 3D model of their innovation. Students of all disciplines who are LaunchLab clients can work with engineering partners to design, build and test their inventions. Students can schedule an appointment with MakerLab staff in order to be trained on all equipment use.

There is also the LaunchLab Studio where students can utilize our recording, videography, and photography resources and create wonderful material to show off their design or discuss their idea or design. This location is open to LaunchLab clients Monday through Thursday between 9am and 4pm.

Makerlab FAQs

  1. Does it cost anything to create a prototype?

    No, as long as you are a client of the WVU LaunchLab.

  2. Do I need to be in an engineering degree track to use the MakerLab?

    No. All students no matter their degree can utilize the MakerLab and the LaunchLab once you are a client.

  3. How can I trust that my idea will not be stolen?

    All MakerLab and LaunchLab employees sign Non-Disclosure Agreements that prohibit them from discussing your ideas outside of the labs.

  4. May I use MakerLab equipment on my own?

    Yes, if a MakerLab engineer is present.

  5. How long does it take to 3D print a prototype?

    Depends on the size of the object but generally one to two days. But, make sure to review your client agreement with the MakerLab staff so that you understand the terms and timeframe.

  6. What if I have an idea, but am not sure how to proceed? Can the MakerLab help?

    No. But the LaunchLab can! Then if a product is the result of your idea, the MakerLab can assist with the prototype.

Printing Capabilities and Pricing

Select a printing format to learn about the machines available at the MakerLab and the costs of printing.

FDM 3D Printing

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology works with production-grade thermoplastics to design strong, durable, and dimensionally stable components with the best accuracy and consistency of any 3D printing technology available.

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DLP 3D Printing

Digital Light Processing (DLP) 3D printing uses photopolymer materials to quickly design components of a prototype. The MakerLab offers standard and tough resin printing.

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Laser Cutter Printing

Laser cutting can be used on a variety of materials and is a great option for 2D printing and engraving. The MakerLab offers the GlowForge Plus machine for client use.

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Silicone Molding

Silicone molding is a great option for clients looking to make simple prototypes and make use of flexible materials.

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