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Prototyping Studio

The Prototyping Studio is an advanced makerspace opening on the 4th floor of Newman Library in the fall of 2021. This site is being updated with information as we approach our opening. The space will have tools and equipment to work with 3D Printing, electronic, laser cutting, CNC, vacuum forming, clay modeling, sewing, screen printing. The Studio will also offer a wide array of hand tools so you can make anything you dream of, and best of all, it is all free for the community.

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Printers

Materials

  • PLA
  • PETG
  • Clear, white, grey, and black standard resin
  • Tough resin
  • Castable resin
  • Flexible resin

3D printing can be intimidating, so here are some resources that represent a wide range of helpful software to 3D printers of all skill levels.

Introductions to 3D printing

  • SHAPEWAYS – Tutorials for 3D modeling in different software, creating models to be printed, and modeling basics.
  • Autodesk – Online YouTube tutorials made by the company. More video tutorials can be found by viewing Autodesk Education’s other YouTube videos. 

3D Design:

3D model repositories:

  • Thingiverse – A website with a library of pre-designed 3D printable models available for download.
  • GrabCAD – A website of free pre-made CAD files available for download.
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Open Hours

Opening Soon - Check back for updated hours

Workshops

The Studios Network offers many free workshops on various technologies, including 3D modeling and printing. See our list of upcoming workshops for information on how to register.

Contact

Email protostudio@vt.edu or stop by Newman Library, Room 2010

Need Help?

We offer consultations on topics like 3D design, printing, electronics, CNC, and more. Visit our consultations page to see what topics we cover and request a time to speak with someone.

Student Jobs

Open positions for student employment in the Studios Network are listed on Handshake.com.  If you are interested in working in one or more of the studios and have questions,  please reach out to librarystudios@vt.edu for more information on current opportunities.