Think It Make It Lab

A nexus where design, art, and technology meet

The Think It Make It Lab promotes the creative use of new technologies in a collaborative environment for research, experimentation, and innovation.

There are unique opportunities for cross-disciplinary investigations not only between Herron’s programs, but also with other IUPUI schools and departments such as engineering and technology, interior design, informatics, motorsports, and medicine.

At Herron, you can merge new technologies with traditional creative processes. Working in the Think It Make It Lab, you can engage in research, design, digital fabrication, and production methodologies that will be invaluable to your own creative and professional development and to the 21st century workforce.

The Think It Make It Lab gives students and faculty access to:

  • 3D printers (Makerbot Z18, FormLab 1+, Objet30 Pro, Ulitmaker2 Extended+)
  • 3D scanners
  • Wacom tablets
  • Vinyl cutter
  • Plotter printer
  • Laser engravers
  • Plasma cutter
  • CNC machines
A male student uses a CNC machine to carve a piece of furniture in the Think It Make It Lab.

Advanced cutting with CNC machines

CNC machines help furniture design students cut parts that would be difficult to cut using traditional methods. Motorsports students also have used the CNC machines to carve forms for projects.

Training requirements

The Think It Make It Lab is open to all students and faculty at IUPUI, allowing for cross-disciplinary collaboration. Students and faculty must be trained to use machines properly before working in the Think It Make It Lab.

These training requirements are subject to change.

  • Laser engravers

    Students and faculty must complete a one-hour training session and pass a certification test to gain access to the laser engravers. The lab usually offers one training per week that caps at 10 people. The sign-up sheet for laser engraver machine training is posted on the door to room 183.

  • 3D printers

    3D printing requires a one-hour print consultation, scheduled via email with the lab coordinator. Please allow up to one week for a scheduled print.

  • CNC machines

    In order to use the CNC machines, students must have taken the CNC elective, typically offered in the spring semester.

Visit the Think It Make It Lab


Eskenazi Hall
735 W. New York Street
Rooms 183 and 111A
Indianapolis, IN 46202


  • Monday–Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday noon to 5 p.m.


  • FormLabs $0.30 per mL for standard resin
  • Makerbot and Ultimakers $0.20 per gram
  • Objet30Pro $0.20 per gram for resin, $0.10 per gram for support material


  • Shelley Spicuzza
  • Digital Fabrication/Imaging Lab Coordinator
  • 317-278-9485