Think It Make It Lab

A nexus where design, art, and technology meet

The Think It Make It Lab promotes the creative use of new technologies in a collaborative environment for research, experimentation, and innovation.

There are unique opportunities for cross-disciplinary investigations not only between Herron’s programs, but also with other IU Indianapolis schools and departments such as interior design, informatics, motorsports, and medicine.

At Herron, you can merge new technologies with traditional creative processes. Working in the Think It Make It Lab, you can engage in research, design, digital fabrication, and production methodologies that will be invaluable to your own creative and professional development and to the 21st century workforce.

The Think It Make It Lab gives students and faculty access to:

  • 3D printers (Makerbot Z18, FormLab 1+, Objet30 Pro, Ulitmaker2 Extended+)
  • 3D scanners
  • Wacom tablets
  • Vinyl cutter
  • Plotter printer
  • Laser engravers
  • Plasma cutter
  • CNC machines
A male student uses a CNC machine to carve a piece of furniture in the Think It Make It Lab.

Advanced cutting with CNC machines

CNC machines help furniture design students cut parts that would be difficult to cut using traditional methods. Motorsports students also have used the CNC machines to carve forms for projects.

Usage requirements, training, and reservations

The Think It Make It Lab is open to all students and faculty at IU Indianapolis, allowing for cross-disciplinary collaboration. The following training requirements are required for students and faculty, subject to change.

Students and faculty must complete a one-hour training session and pass a certification test to gain access to the laser engravers. Online reservations are required for the training session.

You may also make a reservation to use the laser engraver online.

Reserve here

3D printing requires a one-hour print consultation. Online reservations for print consultations may be made online.

Reserve here

Please allow up to one week for a scheduled print.

In order to use the CNC machines, students must have taken the CNC elective, which is typically offered in the spring semester.

Online reservations are required for the laser engraver trainings and 3D print consultations.

Reserve here


Watch the required Laser training course to be prepared.

Learn here

Visit the Think It Make It Lab


Eskenazi Hall
735 W. New York Street
Rooms 183 and 111A
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Summer Hours

  • Monday–Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


  • FormLabs $0.30 per mL for standard resin
  • Makerbot and Ultimakers $0.20 per gram
  • Objet30Pro $0.20 per gram for resin, $0.10 per gram for support material


  • Hailee Smith
  • Digital Fabrication/Imaging Lab Coordinator