Shortly after joining CITRIS, I began working on expanding a new design & prototyping “maker” space called the Invention Lab. By turning this classroom into a shared membership facility, I helped develop the logistical operations and IT system for the lab. Since we first opened during the Summer of 2013, we have grown to just shy of 100 members consisting of students, researchers and entrepreneurs. Below are some photos and a brief description of the Invention Lab:
The CITRIS Invention Lab supports faculty, student and community innovation by providing the knowledge, tools and support to rapidly design and prototype novel interactive products, embedded sensing systems and integrated mobile devices. The new facility will be a vital piece of the CITRIS pipeline running from the minds of researchers through CITRIS laboratories, and into the markets, industries, and streets of the world. The 1,700 ft2 Invention Lab is located on the first floor of Sutardja Dai Hall at UC Berkeley and supports 3 major functions:
The Invention Lab offers a variety of prototyping equipment ranging from basic craft tools to electronics workbenches, CAD stations and professional digital fabrication machines. Key equipment includes a Universal VLS3.50 laser cutter and a Projet HD 3000 high-resolution 3D printer. Common prototyping materials and supplies are available for purchase in the lab. Lab staff provides additional guidance and support for design and equipment use. Together, these assets have already helped students turn ideas such as cloud-based car diagnostic devices, smart hydration tracking cups and phone-controlled irrigation systems into functional prototypes.