The Prototyping Studio @Capen Annex

The Prototyping Studio at the Design Thinking Initiative is a collaborative space to make, create, and work on projects of any kind. Our equipment includes two laser cutters, a 3D printer, a vinyl cutter, sewing machine, and basic power tools. We also have low-res prototyping supplies (think glue and modeling clay!). Everyone is invited to use this space, and we strive to support those underrepresented as “makers” in claiming technology as their own. More broadly, the work of the Design Thinking Initiative promotes the idea of making as a form of thinking and creative play- and we’re here to help you do that.

Come get your design on!

To make a request to reserve Capen Annex, contact our team at capenannex@smith.edu.
Please include the group name, contact name, purpose of your meeting, as well as date and time in your request.

Work in the Prototyping Studio

SCHEDULE A PROTOTYPING SESSION

Sign up for individual project help for 3D printing, laser cutting, or vinyl cutting. Also useful for safety training and design feedback!

Schedule a prototyping session or training by clicking here

COMPLETE LEVEL 1 SAFETY TRAINING

Please fill out the safety survey after receiving a tour of the Prototyping Studio safety features. Completing Level 1 safety allows you to use the vinyl cutter, Glowforge, sewing machine, and power tools with a buddy whenever the prototyping studio is open.

Level 2 Safety training, will give you 24 hour access to the prototyping studio! To receive Level 2 certification, you will need to learn to use the lasercutter- please sign up for two lasercutting appointment slots.

Level 1 Safety Training: Click Here

SIGN OUT TOOLS

Please fill out this google form to sign a tool out of the prototyping studio. Please email or talk to Laura (llilienkamp@smith.edu) before removing the tool from the space.

Check the tool in by returning the tool to room 102 and modifying the sign-in sheet on the door. If 102 is locked, please leave your tool outside the door

Looking for tools to complete your project? Click here to borrow.

SIGN OUT TOOLS

Please fill out this google form to sign a tool out of the prototyping studio. Please email or talk to Laura (llilienkamp@smith.edu) before removing the tool from the space.

Check the tool in by returning the tool to room 102 and modifying the sign-in sheet on the door. If 102 is locked, please leave your tool outside the door

OPEN HOURS

During open hours, the prototyping studio will be open and a staff member will be available to assist you with any of your project needs.

You can use this time to…
– Work on a project without needing a buddy
– Receive drop-in vinyl cutting, lasercutting or sewing help
– Use any of the crafting supplies
– Take advantage of our hand/power tools
– Hang out with people who are making!

Using Capen Annex

Resources in Capen Annex

The classroom, Room 101, has a capacity of 16 learners and 2 instructors. It comprises 4 workbenches, and instructors workbench, and a prototyping cart. The classroom has paper construction materials and legos, iPad Pros (with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard), 3Doodlers (3D printing handheld pens), Portable Photo Printers, Magnatag Porcelain Magnetic Whiteboards, and a Glowforge Laser Cutter

After use, the classroom furniture should be reset according to the layout in this reset chart: capen-annex-classroom-reset-chart

The prototyping studio, Room 203, has 3 iMac desktops, 4 prototyping stations, 2 workbenches and a prototyping cart. The studio is open to all students enrolled in our courses, special studies or interested in design thinking; it is used primarily for IDP 316 for student design-build assignments.

Handtools and eTextiles Station
– Hammers, drills etc
– Sewing machine and fabric kits
– Electronics sensors and kits such as Arduino, Lilypad, MakeyMakey, SparkFun Inventors’ Kit.

Laser Cutter Station
– Epilog Zing Laser Cutter
– The iMac desktop in this station has Windows/OS dual boot. We currently have CorelDraw and AutoCAD installed.

3D Printer Station
– FormLabs2 3D Printer

Vinyl Cutter Station
– Roland desktop vinyl cutter with proprietary software (Adobe CS extension) already installed

The meeting room has seating for 8 and is an ideal space for small group meetings.
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Getting to Capen Annex

The address for Capen Annex is 25A Henshaw Ave, Northampton, MA 01063.

Capen Annex is the yellow and brown house across from Davis Ballroom, behind Cutter-Z.