The Fabrication Lab has been a core program of the Innovation Hub since the Hub's founding in fall 2016. The Fabrication Lab houses equipment critical to design and prototyping, including specialized workspaces for woodworking, metal working, electronic component fabrication, design and painting. Whatever your interest, the Fabrication Lab offers a wide range of equipment to assist in bringing ideas, designs and prototypes to life.*
*Our makerspaces are currently closed to the public. The Fabrication Lab is only supporting grant-funded and research-related projects by University faculty and staff.
Covid-19 PPE Projects & Research
During the initial outbreak of Covid-19, Fabrication Lab staff sprung to action. The Fabrication Lab refocused operations to manufacturing much-needed PPE for the University community, producing a miles-worth of countertop sneeze guards to protect OU health clinic staff from potential transmission. Student staff members also developed two patented novel face shields the FDA approved for emergency use by medical personnel.
The Fabrication Lab also dedicated its efforts to supporting critical Covid-19 research at the University. Notably, student staff members worked with University researchers to develop an aerosol-production measuring device in partnership with Harvard University researchers. Student staff also worked with the OU College of Dentistry to create a UVC sanitization box for more effective medical equipment cleaning.
Equipment & Training
Our Electronics & Circuity Station does not require any certification, but users are expected to have some knowledge and understanding of the equipment before use.
Our Loud Room boasts several tools and machines, but each requires varying levels of certification.
Green: Green level certification training videos can be found here. Certification quizzes can be found in the video description. There are two certification quizzes, separated by machine.
Yellow: Yellow level certification training videos can be found here. Certification quizzes can be found in the video description. There are eight certification quizzes, separate by machine.
Red: This certification level requires a scheduled training session with Fabrication Lab staff.
Waivers & Forms
Please read the attached Liability Waiver in its entirety. The document must be completed and signed before anyone may use any equipment in the Fabrication Lab. You may deliver the form in person or by email.
All Fabrication Lab users must agree to the policies and procedures provided. Use of any equipment provided by the Fabrication Lab will serve as an acknowledgment that you have read and agree to the following policies and procedures.
Please read the following checklist before your first visit to the Fabrication Lab. Using this checklist will ensure a positive first experience.