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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Frank Innovation Zone

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Studios

The Frank Innovation Zone (FIZ) is located on the ground floor of Dana Hall. Co-located near professional shops and active student club and research areas, the FIZ offers training and access to the fabrication studios and coordinates with other Voiland College and WSU programs to foster student access and safe use of the other available resources. The FIZ studios are shared spaces made available to students for individual, club, and academic use.

Learn more about each studio:

Community Studio

Dana 15

The Community Studio is the center piece of the FIZ. It includes the FIZ Service Center which provides general studio support and training along with a store for materials and equipment. The 1000 sq. ft. Community Studio is dedicated to student use. It is open daily for all students with extended CougarCard access for FIZ Community Members. Intended uses include impromptu use for individuals and groups; scheduled use for club and team meetings; and reserved use for club and team events, competitions, and faculty or industry presentations. The studio features:

  • 4 large study and work tables with available power for computer and other hardware.
  • 3 sturdy workbenches which also have available power, suitable for longer term use.
  • Long counter offering both common area equipment and tools and large HDMI monitors for viewing and discussing design ideas.
  • Lockers which are available for checkout. Register with the FIZ Service Center and bring your own lock.

Tools & Equipment

The Community Studio will host occasional student projects and equipment. The equipment in this area will change as needs arise. Current equipment includes:

  • 2 iMacs for student use; these include a selection of Adobe Suite software. If you need an Adobe product, please make a request to the FIZ Service Center with details.
  • An Othermill by OMC. This small format milling machine is a fairly recent addition and has many uses. Visit the FIZ Service Center for more details.
  • A variety of hand tools maintained for “in-studio” use.

Suggestions for equipment are welcomed. Send your request to vcea.fiz@wsu.edu.

Students are encouraged to request extended use of workbench or counter space if their project is suitable for the open nature of the studio.

Desktop Fabrication Studio

Dana 14

This 200 sq. ft. area is the primary space for 3D printing and laser cutting and etching tools. The Desktop Fabrication Studio can be accessed through supervised use with FIZ Service Center Student Leaders or through required training. FIZ community members who complete necessary training earn extended CougarCard access. Primary uses of the studio include fabrication, assembly, and testing of projects. The space may also be reserved for small group training on equipment use or skill development. Secondary uses may include overflow space for special events and competitions, and impromptu use for individuals and group meetings. Other needs for space use may be requested in the FIZ Service Center.

Studio Use Expectations

SAFETY is paramount.

  • Consistent with the FIZ Participation Agreement, all community members will promote high safety expectations and encourage the same from visitors and other members.
  • Safety glasses are required for use of some equipment in this space.
  • Use ONLY equipment for which you have safety orientation and training documented with the FIZ Service Center.
  • Clean and safe floors and surfaces will be maintained. Contribute to and reinforce expectations for individual responsibility for leaving spaces clean and safe.
  • Problems or damage to equipment MUST be reported to the FIZ Service Center immediately. This supports the continued operation of equipment and safety of future users who may not recognize the concerns.

Equipment

Desktop Fabrication Studio equipment may change as needs arise. Current equipment includes:

  • A small collection of hand tools to support project and equipment.
  • 2 Windows-based PCs with Adobe Suite, SolidWorks, and other programs to support use of studio equipment.
  • 2 Dimension 3D Printers, uPrint SE and SE Plus.
  • 1 Formlabs Form 1+ 3D Printer.
  • 1 Trotec Speedy 300 Laser Machine.

Suggestions for new or additional equipment are welcomed. Send your request to vcea.fiz@wsu.edu.

Project Storage

Space is NOT available.

Electrical Test & Fabrication Studio

Dana 4

This 250 sq. ft. area is the primary space for electrical testing and fabrication. This studio represents the most recent effort for adding resources and new equipment to support individual and club needs in circuit board prototype development. The available resources and equipment will continue to expand.

The Electrical Test and Fabrication Studio can be accessed through supervised use with FIZ Service Center Student Leaders or through required training. FIZ community members who complete necessary training earn extended CougarCard access. Primary uses of the studio include fabrication, assembly, and testing of projects. The space may also be reserved for small group training on equipment use or skill development. Secondary uses may include overflow space for special events and competitions, and impromptu use for individuals and group meetings. Other needs for space use may be requested in the FIZ Service Center.

Studio Use Expectations

SAFETY is paramount.

  • Consistent with the FIZ Participation Agreement, all community members will promote high safety expectations and encourage the same from visitors and other members.
  • Safety glasses and closed-toed footwear will be worn at all times by everyone within the space.
  • Clothing will be suited for the equipment being used. Loose fitting clothing may not be worn within the space.
  • Long hair will be tied back when working in the space.
  • Use ONLY equipment for which you have safety orientation and training documented with the FIZ Service Center.
  • Clean and safe floors and surfaces will be maintained. Contribute to and reinforce expectations for individual responsibility for leaving spaces clean and safe.
  • Problems or damage to equipment MUST be reported to the FIZ Service Center immediately. This supports the safety of future users who may not recognize the concerns.

Equipment

Electrical Test and Fabrication Studio equipment may change as needs arise. Current equipment includes:

  • A collection of hand tools.
  • A good quality Hako soldering and de-soldering station.
  • Rigol Oscilloscope and Signal Generator, Digilent Explorer and Analog Discovery boards for circuit development and testing.
  • Restricted Use ONLY: a 12 camera high speed recording system (Vendor). Made possible through WSU research partnership.

Suggestions for new or additional equipment are welcomed. Send your request to vcea.fiz@wsu.edu.

Project Storage

Space is limited. Students may request extended use of workbench or counter space if their project is suitable for the open nature of the studio. Some cabinets will be made available. Visit the FIZ Service Center to make requests. Space may NOT be available.

Metal Fabrication Studio

Dana 16

This 500 sq. ft. area is the primary space for metal and other materials that can be worked with similar skills and equipment. The Metal Fabrication Studio can be accessed through supervised use with FIZ Service Center Student Leaders or through required training. FIZ community members who complete necessary training earn extended CougarCard access. Primary uses of the studio include fabrication, assembly, and testing of projects. The space may also be reserved for small group training on equipment use or skill development. Secondary uses may include overflow space for special events and competitions, and impromptu use for individuals and group meetings. Other needs for space use may be requested in the FIZ Service Center.

Studio Use Expectations

SAFETY is paramount.

  • Consistent with the FIZ Participation Agreement, all community members will promote high safety expectations and encourage the same from visitors and other members.
  • Safety glasses and closed-toed footwear will be worn at all times by everyone within the space.
  • Clothing will be suited for the equipment being used. Loose fitting clothing may not be worn within the space.
  • Long hair will be tied back when working in the space.
  • Use ONLY equipment for which you have safety orientation and training documented with the FIZ Service Center.
  • Clean and safe floors and surfaces will be maintained. Contribute to and reinforce expectations for individual responsibility for leaving spaces clean and safe.

Equipment

Metal Fabrication Studio equipment may change as needs arise. This studio is considered an entry-level space emphasizing work with sheet metal and typical cutting and drilling equipment. Machining and welding resources are not included in this space. Current equipment includes:

  • A collection of hand and portable power tools.
  • Desktop and upright equipment including: horizontal band saw, drill press, band and disc sander, cut-off saw, roll-brake-shear & 20-ton press, round and rectangular punch presses.
  • 1 large work table with available power for corded power tools and student equipment.
  • Portable ShopVac for cleaning and project use.

Suggestions for new or additional equipment are welcomed. Send your request to vcea.fiz@wsu.edu.

Project Storage

Space is limited. Students may request extended use of workbench or counter space if their project is suitable for the open nature of the studio. Some cabinets will be made available. Visit the FIZ Service Center to make requests. Space may NOT be available.

Specialty & Finish Work Studio

Dana 6

Vision & Motion Tracking Studio

Dana 21

Welding & Plasma Cutting Studio

Dana 8

Wood Fabrication Studio

Dana 13 and Dana 14

This 500 sq. ft. area is the primary space for wood and other materials that can be worked with similar skills and equipment. The Wood Fabrication Studio can be accessed through supervised use with FIZ Service Center Student Leaders or through required training. FIZ community members who complete necessary training earn extended CougarCard access. Primary uses of the studio include fabrication, assembly, and testing of projects. The space may also be reserved for small group training on equipment use or skill development. Secondary uses may include overflow space for special events and competitions, and impromptu use for individuals and group meetings. Other needs for space use may be requested in the FIZ Service Center.

Studio Use Expectations

SAFETY is paramount.

  • Consistent with the FIZ Participation Agreement, all community members will promote high safety expectations and encourage the same from visitors and other members.
  • Safety glasses and closed-toed footwear will be worn at all times by everyone within the space.
  • Clothing will be suited for the equipment being used. Loose fitting clothing may not be worn within the space.
  • Long hair will be tied back when working in the space.
  • Use ONLY equipment for which you have safety orientation and training documented with the FIZ Service Center.
  • Clean and safe floors and surfaces will be maintained. Contribute to and reinforce expectations for individual responsibility for leaving spaces clean and safe.
  • Problems or damage to equipment MUST be reported to the FIZ Service Center immediately. This supports the safety of future users who may not recognize the concerns.

Equipment

Wood Fabrication Studio equipment may change as needs arise. Current equipment includes:

  • A large collection of hand and portable power tools.
  • Desktop and upright equipment including: scroll saw, band saw, drill press, band and disc sander, cut-off saw.
  • 2 large work tables with available power for corded power tools and student equipment.
  • Dust collection system with floor sweeps and extra hoses to support stationary equipment and cleaning.
  • Portable ShopVac for cleaning and project use.

Suggestions for new or additional equipment are welcomed. Send your request to vcea.fiz@wsu.edu.

Project Storage

Space is limited. Students may request extended use of workbench or counter space if their project is suitable for the open nature of the studio. Some cabinets will be made available. Visit the FIZ Service Center to make requests. Space may NOT be available.