The Design /Create / Innovate Lab



The Design/Create/Innovate Lab is a makerspace that supports interdisciplinary learning among all Chapman University students, staff, and faculty. This space aims to inspire the next generation of makers as well as provide the tools and resources to innovate, create, and bring ideas to life.

This space provides all Chapman students, staff, and faculty with access to a wide variety of equipment to meet all of their design and fabrication needs. The makerspace is divided into two rooms: the Prototyping Lab, Swenson Hall room N103, and the Manufacturing Lab, Swenson Hall room N102. Additionally, across the hall is the Tech Shop, Swenson Hall room N106 which houses some additional equipment.

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The Design/Create/Innovate Lab is located in the Fowler School of Engineering at Chapman University (450 N Center St. Orange, CA 92866).

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Our spaces

Prototyping Lab

The Prototyping Lab serves as the cleaner and quieter side of the makerspace. It is mainly equipped with different types of additive manufacturing tools (3D printing) as well as equipment for printed circuit board (PCB) prototyping and assembly.


  • Ultimaker S3/S5 FDM 3D Printers

  • Makerbot Method FDM 3D printer

  • Formlabs Form 3 SLA 3D Printers

  • Markforged X7 FDM Continuous Fiber 3D printer

  • Formlabs Fuse 1 SLS 3D Printers

  • Stratasys J850 Polyjet 3D printer

  • Roland True VIS SG2-300 vinyl printer-cutter

  • LPKF ProtoLaser R4 laser etcher

  • LPKF ProtoFlow S4 reflow oven

  • LPKF ProtoPrint S4 stencil printer

  • And possibly more!

Manufacturing Lab

The Manufacturing Lab serves as the noiser and messier side of the makerspace. It is mainly equipped with different types of subtractive manufacturing from 2D fabrication equipment like laser cutters and a waterjet to 3D subtractive machining like CNC mills.


  • Universal Laser Systems PLS6.150D laser cutters

  • Universal Laser Systems VLS6.75 laser cutter

  • WAZER Waterjet

  • Roland MDX-50 CNC mill

  • Tormach 770MX CNC mill

  • Jet HVBS-10-DMWC 10” Horizontal/Vertical Bandsaw

  • Jet JMD-18PFN Mill/Drill

  • Jet SBR-40M, 30" 3 IN 1 Shear, Brake and Roll

  • Various other smaller tools and hand tools

Tech Shop

While this space is not technically part of the DCI Lab, the Tech Shop serves as both a classroom and a space for students to work on their projects. Additionally, it houses some additional equipment such as 3D printers and electronic test bench equipment.


  • Prusa MK3S 3D Printers

  • Prusa SL1 Resin Printers

  • Prusa CW1 Stations

  • Prusa MMU2 Units

  • Lulzbot TAZ Pro

  • Creality CR-10 S5

  • Keysight True RMS Multimeters

  • Keysight Digital Storage Oscilloscopes

  • Keysight Spectrum Analyzers

  • Keysight DC Power Supplies

  • Keysight Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes

  • Keysight Function/Arbitrary Waveform Generator

  • Keysight Microwave Analyzer

  • Keysight RF Signal Generator

  • Keysight CXA Signal Analyzer