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Bulldog Makerspace Lab: Equipment

This lab is designed and intended to aid in the flourishing of innovation and creativity of our Bulldog community.



  • Oculus Rift's advanced display technology combined with its precise, low-latency constellation tracking system enables the sensation of presence.
  • Customizable, comfortable, adaptable, and beautiful, Rift is technology and design as remarkable as the experiences it enables.
  • Every aspect of Rift was designed to be easy, inviting, and comfortable to use and that extends to the VR environment we've created as a starting point for your journeys.
  • Riftʼs ultra low-latency tracking offers unparalleled immersion.
  • Oculus Touch is a pair of tracked controllers that deliver natural "hand presence" - the feeling that your virtual hands are actually your own (Familiar and intuitive).
  • The Oculus Touch controllers bring your hands into VR, letting you interact naturally with the virtual world.
  • NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti/AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater Graphics Card Required and a RAM of 8 GB+ RAM.
  • Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer Operating System required.
  • Windows PC and internet connection required - review recommended specs to confirm system compatibility.

  • Flexible play area - Use VIVE seated, standing or in a space up to 15 feet x 15 feet. SteamVR Tracking provides the best experience possible, so play the way that works for you.
  • Fully immersive – Realistic movement and actions from precise, 360-degree controller and headset tracking with realistic graphics, directional audio and HD haptic feedback in the virtual world.
  • Powered by steam VR - Enjoy over 1500 games for SteamVR, plus everything you love about Steam, including new releases, automatic game updates and millions of your closest friends.
  • Play safer - The Chaperone system warns you when you reach the boundaries of your play area and the headset's front-facing camera gives you a glimpse of the real-world when you need it.

  • Distinctive Technology and Adjustable  focus Canbor VR headset offers optical and aspheric lens tech with nanometer process, more immersion and high clarity. Extra anti radiation and HD anti-blue light lens can well protect eyes; Easy adjustment of pupil distance (PD) and focal distance (FD) bring you enjoyable experience; Panoramic theatre experience FOV up to 102 degree,extra large viewing angles.
  • Widley Compatibility: Canbor VR glasses can fit for most non-curved smartphones with screen sizes from 4.0 inch to 6.0 inch (Height: Max 165mm Width: Max 85mm), immersive experience for any ages. Upload 3D videos sources in Apple App store,Youtube or Google play store or scan our QR code for massive content 3D movies, animation, panorama concert, VR games etc.
  • Breathable, comfortable wear design: Ergonomic head belt design, eco-friendly durable leather. Three adjustable straps can reduce part pressure from bridge of nose, offer more comfortable wearing. Magnet detachable absorption front cover and both sides holes for phone cooling,greatly enhance the heat dissipation effect for long use or in charge.


One of the cornerstones of the Drake LRC Makerspace is the 3D Printer.  Our main printer is a Makerbot Replicator 5. We also have a 2nd Generation Makerbot, courtesy of the Remington Outdoor Company, and a LulzBot TAZ 5.

The Makerbot Replicator 5 uses PLA (poly lactic acid) plastic and has a build volume that is 25.2 L x 19.9 W x 15.0 H cm (9.9 x 7.8 x 5.9 in).

The Makerbot is has three layer resolution settings, but we do not recommend using the low setting.

High              100 microns     (0.0039 inches)   $0.20/gram

Standard       200 microns     (0.0078 inches)   $0.30/gram

To use the 3D Printer, you must first attend Makerspace Orientation and sign off on the Makerspace Policies and Procedures.

3D Printed objects are subject to restrictions outlined in the 3D Printing Policies and Procedures document.

The computers in the Makerspace offer a variety of 3D Printing software options for users to create, capture, and edit 3D models for printing. These include:

123D Catch

The LRC has a Carvey CNC Milling machine for use by borrowers who have completed Makerspace orientation. Carvey is compatible with Easel, a web-based design tool, which accepts g-code files. The Carvey can accept materials that are 8” (Y-axis) by 12” (X-axis), by 2.75 (Z-axis). The LRC provides materials that are pre-cut and which the Carvey is configured to use. Users may not bring their own materials to cut.The cost of using this machine uses G-code to guide a pit and cut into a variety of materials 

In order to ensure that the machine has the correct settings, all materials come from the machine's manufacturer. Materials for milling can be purchased from the lab, or from Inventables. If you purchase your own materials, they must have the Inventables barcode, and you will be a charged a $1 machining fee.

Drake LRC's Makerspace offers the following electronic hardware, circuit boards, and components to  get you started inventing and collaborating:

  • Arduino Uno Starter Pack
  • Makey Makey
  • Circuit Scribe

There is currently a $20/semester fee to use the electronic components in the lab. This includes the equipment listed under the Microcomputing and E-textiles tabs, and is so that we can replace consumable materials.

The Drake LRC Makerspace offers users a Raspberry Pi B+ microcomputer, along with various components to get you started with programming and powering your next big idea.

You can learn more about the Raspberry Pi at the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Barometric Skirt by Rain Rabbit on FlickrE-Textiles are the fusion of technology and textiles and often function as wearable items. These items are produced using flexible circuits, conductive threads, LEDs, sensors, and other items.

The Drake LRC offers LilyPad hardware as well as coin batteries, conductive thread, needles, and various LED colors to get you started exploring E-Textiles.


The Drake LRC Makerspace has installed software for developing apps in both the Android and iOS environment on its computers and offers a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and an Apple iPad Air 2 for testing.

The Bulldog Makerspace has both augmented and VR similar in nature. The augmented experience is enhanced with resources (tablets) that are paired with a smartphone that will bring digital objects to life. The VR (virtual reality) experiences bring users in touch with VR goggles, video games, and other resources.