Design Studio


The Design Studio is a 5,500 square foot maker space on the first floor of Spencer Laboratory that includes space for fabrication, collaboration, and design validation. It is a community space that is open 24-7 for mechanical engineering students and their collaborators.


The Design Studio offers:

  • 3D Printing
  • Laser cutting
  • Individual and Group Workspace
  • So much more!!


The Design Studio is made possible by the generous support of: UD Department of Mechanical Engineering UD Office of Economic Innovation & Partnerships Delaware Design Institute …and our alumni & supporters.


Like any good hacker space, the Design Studio is constantly evolving based on the needs of our community of young inventors. Current renovation projects include the acquisition of new Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) equipment in the Machine Shop, building out the capabilities of the Test Lab, and transforming room 133 into a collaboration space.


For access to the tools in the Design Studio, you need to register in FOM once, and take the following two course modules annually:

  1. Safety Orientation and Right to Know
  2. Basic Shop Safety & Hand and Power Tool Safety

Full instructions are here. Different classes might have additional training requirements, so please check with your instructor if you aren’t sure. If you are found using the Design Studio tools without having completed these training requirements, or in violation of operating policies, your Design Studio access will be suspended.


Power Tools
  • 5x Hardware Gauge
  • 8x Thread Counters
  • 2x (weird) Thread Counters
  • #0-10
  • ¼ – ½
  • Metric Hardware
  • Cap Screws
  • Washers
  • Eye bolts
  • Threaded Inserts
  • Wing Nuts
  • Wood Screws
  • Sheet metal
  • Nails
  • Eye Screws
  • Hooks
  • Wire Sleeves
  • Wire Hangers
  • Concrete Hardware
  • Pins
  • Hitch Clips
  • Small Springs
  • Fender Washers
Non-Power Tools
  • 5x T-Squares
  • 2x L- Squares
  • 3x Rubber Mallets
  • 4x Hammers
  • 1x Ball Pein Hammer
  • 2x Combination Squares
  • 2x Tin Snips
  • 1x Planer
  • 1x PVC Saw
  • 10x PVC cutters
  • 6x Measuring Tapes
  • 3x Hand Wood Saws
  • 2x Hand Metal Saws
  • 3x Mini Metal Saws
  • 2x Staplers
  • Chalk Line
  • 1x Deburring Kits
  • Levels
  • Razers
  • Socket Wrenches
  • Wrenches
  • Calipers
  • Hex Keys
  • Files
  • Rulers
  • Pliers
  • Crimpers
  • Flat Head Screws
  • Philips Head Screws


Wood Glue, Adhesive, Tape, Sandpaper


Pipe, Tubbing, Pneumatic Hardware, Hydraulic Hardware, Plumbing, PVC Joints and Pipes


Wood Sheets and planks, Wood Scrap, Wooden Dowels


80-20, Scrap Metal, Metal Rods


Pulleys, Rotary Bearings, Shafter Couplers, Leading Screw, Linear Bearings


Springs, Chains, Timing Belts, Stip Seal, Balls and Small Wheels, Casters, Wheels, Locks


Canvas, Fabric, Foam, Composite Materials, Rope (Nylon and Other)


Zip Ties, Eyelets, Rivets, Velcro, Magnets, String, Strap Buckles, Heavy Duty Wire, Bungee Cords, Carabiners


The Fab Lab is where all of the digital manufacturing and electronics prototyping happens.

3D Printing

2x Stratasys UPrint SE Plus FDM printers and a soluble support cleaning bath

1x Stratasys UPrint SE FDM printer

1x ZMorph FDM printer

1x Afinia H480 FDM printer

1x Form 1 SLA printer

3D Printer Request Form

Want something 3D printed? Fill out the  3D printing request form and email your parts as STL files to

Laser Cutter and Vacuum Former

1x Universal VLS4.60 Laser Cutter

Formech 508DT with trolley and reducing window

Laser Cutter Printing Request

Want something laser cut? Fill our the Laser Cutter request form and email your parts as .dwg, .svg, or .img files to

Want to make laser-cutterable graphics from a Solidworks model? Follow this Instructable.


25x Sparkfun Inventor’s Kits available for students check out

3x Raspberry Pi 2 model B

4x Hakko FX888D Soldering Stations

consumable prototyping materials including  IC’s,  motors, and a wide variety of sensors

Want a Wifi Shield that Works in Spencer Lab?

Try following this: Adafruit WiFi Shield Setup

Information to come

The Hive is the room for studying and where TA’s host Office Hours for all Mechanical Engineering classes. Great environment to collaborate and work on homework.

Information to come

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