The EDS Prototype/Create Lab is a resource for students to build, test, and document their creations. First opened in the Spring of 2014, the space houses equipment and trained student workers to support the research, design, and entrepreneurial activities of Mines students. Current capabilities include plastic 3D Printing, acrylic and wood Laser Cutting/Etching, and Electronics build stations.   Additionally, tools, instruments, and audio/video equipment are available for student use and check-out. It is located adjacent to the Capstone Design@Mines Senior Design Lab (Brown WW155) and serves as an overflow environment for clean (dust-free) builds.

Location and Hours

Lab availability is listed here, but may expand based on team needs.

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fridays | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

We have graduate TAs staffing the EDS Prototype/Create Lab this semester. Note that Buddy Haun is NOT the lab manager, as is stated in some older videos. Our current Lab TAs are:

TTh 8:00-12:00 Troy Pacheco | tpacheco@mymail.mines.edu 

TTh 12:00-5:00 Joshua Gruener | jgruener@mymail.mines.edu 

F 9:00-4:00 Jacob Golson | jacobgolson@mymail.mines.edu


Mark Graas

Lab Coordinator
Brown Hall W155

John Persichetti

Managing Contact
Engineering Annex



Makerbot 2X Experimental 3D Printer

One-page guide
More information

LulzBot Taz 5 3D Printer

One-page guide

Cutting and Etching

Epilog Legend 36EXT Laser Engraver/Cutter

One-page guide
Basic Setup Training Video
Engraving Instructions

Silhouette Cameo Vinyl Cutter

One-page guide

Scanning and Imaging


  • DSLR camera and tripod
  • GoPro Hero 2
  • Video camera

MakerBot Digitizer 3D Scanner

MakerBot training materials

Need something else?

  • Check out the Arthur Lakes Library’s Tool Library
  • The adjacent Capstone Senior Design Lab has a wide range of precision tools that may be borrowed for use in the EDS Prototype/Create Lab – check with the Lab Coordinator.


The staff reserves the right to refuse a 3D Print or laser project if there is an excessive backlog on the machines, if the part is a poor fit for the technology, or if there is a problem with the geometry (for example, multiple failed attempts to produce the part).

The possession of firearms and other weapons on or within Mines’ campus, property or leased premises is prohibited. Therefore, the use of the Prototype/Create Lab equipment to produce weapons is expressly prohibited and student staff will turn away any students attempting to create weapons in the facility.

Pricing Guide

MakerBot and TAZ5 FDM Printing

  • $5.00 flat fee per print (less than 50 grams)
  • Prints over 50 grams will be subject to an additional $0.05 per gram charge for each gram over 50.
  • Total print mass is based on all material printed including support material.
  • Material from a failed print will be added to the total print mass of your completed print.

A sincere thanks to the Mines Tech Fee Committee and their continued support of the Prototype/Create Lab. Much of the equipment available has been purchased with Tech Fee funds requested with the help of faculty in Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Thanks!