Tinker Lab

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The Tinker Lab is a learning, hands-on environment that welcomes all Parks College students and faculty. Equipped with computers, laser etchers, and 3D printers, the Tinker Lab provides students with a multifaceted environment to help encourage and develop the innovation mindset within each individual.

Led by graduate students and the iScholars (innovation scholars), the Tinker Lab was created through the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) grant Dr. Sridhar Condoor received. KEEN is a collaboration of U.S. universities that strive to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in undergraduate engineering and technology students. KEEN’s mission is to graduate engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset so they can create personal, economic, and societal value through a lifetime of meaningful work.

For more information on the Tinker Lab or if you would like get involved, contact Dr. Sridhar Condoor at condoor@slu.edu.

Featured Equipment

  • Objet 3D Printer - From figurines to full working gear systems, students are able to bring creations to life with this machine. It is able to take a 3D computer model and print it in plastic. At fast speed and high accuracy, this machine is able to print down to 0.1 mm. This new technology is the industry standard for industrial designers, architects, and engineers.
  • Stratasys 3D Printer - In a matter of hours, the machine is able to produce 3D models that meets structural requirements. This machine is used in all areas of engineering for making prototypes and fully functional products.
  • Epilog Laser Etcher - This small machine is able to produce high accuracy etchings and cuts and is easy to learn and use with most materials. Many of our students use the laser etcher to cut the skeleton for airplane wings as well as etching part numbers for the bill of materials.
  • NextEngine 3D Scanner - Students are able to take any object and make a digital model that is accurate and fast with this 3D scanner. The machine uses lasers and pictures to map out data points on an object. Once this model is created, you are able to make changes, duplications, and perform engineering analysis.