Facilities and Equipment

Students working on different equipment in the Fimbel Lab


The Fimbel Maker & Innovation Lab is located on the first floor of Prospect Hall. The space is open for general use unless scheduled for a class, workshop or other event.

Kitchen and Lounge

Couches and chairs in the Fimbel Lab Lounge

Upon entering the Fimbel Lab, you will arrive at the Fimbel Lounge. This space is great for anyone in the MHC community to hang out, watch TV, or use the kitchen facilities. Please swipe in with your one card at the Greeter Desk.

The Fimbel Lounge kitchen is provided for the community to explore the science of cooking. Meals made in the Fimbel Lab are encouraged to be made from scratch as much as possible.

Multipurpose Room and Brainstorming Room

Tables in a circular configuration in the Fimbel Lab multipurpose room

The Fimbel Lab has two configurable dust-free spaces.

The multipurpose room, the larger of the two spaces, is typically used as a classroom space for courses in need of the Fimbel Lab equipment.  

The brainstorming room is a smaller, more intimate space that is usually kept available for general use throughout the day. The brainstorming room includes additional equipment such as a laminator, printer and large format printer.

General Workspace and Wood & Metal Working Shop

Students work on projects in the Fimbel Lab general workspace

The General Workspace and Wood & Metal Working Shop are our two main spaces equipped for making. Everyone must sign our waiver and wear closed-toe shoes before entering these spaces. Please note that food and drinks are not allowed in these spaces. We recommend signing up for a skill badge to keep track of your trainings and what equipment you can use independently. If you would like to request a tour, hold an event, or host a workshop in these spaces, please fill out our request form. See below for a list of equipment available for use.


All of the equipment in the Fimbel Lab is available for student use. Reservations and training are required for some of the equipment. Contact a staff member for help with any of the equipment.

3D Printers

3D printers in the Fimbel Lab

The Fimbel Lab has six 3D printers. 

Laser Cutter

Laser cutters in the Fimbel Lab

The Fimbel Lab owns three Epilog Fusion Laser Cutters. Designs created in Illustrator can be used to cut or engrave wood, paper and — with special permission — some plastics. 

Soldering Stations

Fimbel Lab soldering station

Two Hakko soldering stations are available for electronics and wire-art needs. These irons maintain a steady 785 degrees, making soldering quick and smooth.

Sewing Machine

Fimbel Lab sewing station

The Fimbel Lab has a number of sewing machines and conductive thread that can be used to make anything from a Halloween costume to a light-up plushie.

Vacuum Former

Photo of the vacuum former

The vacuum former can be used to create plastic shells from solid models, which are useful in creating chocolate molds or robotic carapaces.

Vinyl Cutter

Photo of the vinyl cutter in the Makerspace

The vinyl cutter can be used to make decals, stencils or silk screens from digital art.

Hand and Power Tools

An organized wall of handtools in the Fimbel Lab

A variety of hand and power tools are available for in shop use. Tools range from basic hand tools like hammers and wrenches to power tools such as hand plans and circular saws.

Woodworking and Metalworking Shop

Students in the Fimbel Lab wood working shop

Both traditional and high tech tooling are available.

Wood Shop Equipment

  • Table Saw
  • Jointer
  • Planner
  • Sander
  • Chop Saws
  • Band Saw
  • Lathe
  • Drill Press

Metal Shop equipment

  • Milling Machine
  • Metal lathe
  • Horizontal Bandsaw
  • Metal Drill Press
  • Welding Equipment
  • Torch
  • Small Metals and Jewelers Bench


  • ShopBot CNC 5’x8’ bed
  • Water Jet Proto Max
  • Tormach 770M
  • Mini Tormach