Design Lab @ Alief Campus

The Design Lab at the Alief Campus is a place to explore prototype and launch your ideas at Houston Community College. Located at the Alief Campus (Hayes Rd.), the lab is open to all current students and staff. We welcome all skill levels from absolute novice to advanced wizard–this is an open, creative environment to learn how emerging technologies are changing our lives now and how you can be a part of what comes next.

Available Tools & Equipment

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3D Printers

The lab currently has one MakerBot Replicator 2, two Lulzbot Taz 4 3D printers, and a FlashForge Creator Pro. HCC students, faculty and staff can bring in their own materials and request to have their designs printed by our lab staff. Visit our 3D printing page for more information.


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HP Sprout Workstation

The HP Sprout is a futuristic-looking computer that offers 2D and 3D scanning, a touch screen and pad that provide a truly tactile creative experience for digitizing physical objects and remixing them in new digital creations. Software packages include Adobe Creative Cloud and AutoDesk 3D Design Suite.


OtherMill

The OtherMill  is a portable milling machine that can be used in the lab to create 2D and 3D objects out of wood, metal and plastic. Use familiar file formats to design a custom circuit board, make jewelry, mechanical parts.


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Vinyl Cutters

The lab has two vinyl cutters. The Silhouette Cameo can be used for stippling, etching, debossing, and embossing on a range of materials up to 12 inches wide and 10 feet long. The US Cutter handles larger materials up to 28″ and also works with a range of materials. Work with original designs or download from thousands of patterns, shapes, and graphics available online. 

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