Chatham University

Prototyping & Design Lab

Prototyping & Design Lab

Prototyping & Design Lab at the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University

The Prototyping & Design Lab is located at Chatham University's Eastside campus on the second floor, adjacent to the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship Hub. The Lab is open to community-based women entrepreneurs as well as Chatham University students, faculty and staff who are interested in designing and prototyping physical products. The Lab provides access to digital fabrication tools in an inclusive environment to inspire creativity and innovation.

The Lab features a variety of easy-to-use tools and equipment from local startups and established companies. It contains small creative and crafts materials, and flexible small-space tools such as a multi-functional 3D desktop printer, sewing machines, microcontrollers, robotics kits, other fine machining and textile processing tools.

A variety of local subject matter experts will facilitate hands-on workshops at the Lab in addition to webinars and hours by appointment. Entrepreneurs and students can test and iterate their prototypes at the Lab with guidance from these experts. This allows them to prototype their products as a first step toward commercialization in the most efficient way using lean entrepreneurship and design thinking principles.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 26

In this ½ day workshop you will make your own skirt from start to finish (pattern “New Look” number N6623) with the guidance of an experienced sewist. Bring your sewing machine or share ours, we will provide a list of materials for you to purchase upon registration. While we will build on what was learned in past workshops, no previous experience is necessary!
To register for workshop, CLICK HERE!

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Monday, November 04

Learn how to use a vinyl cutter to screen print your own posters and t-shirts. Vinyl cutters can also be used to create stickers, acrylic signage, and heat pressed decals for t-shirts!
To register for workshop, CLICK HERE!


Click here to view past events.
Click here to view recordings of past webinars.