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The James and Anne Duderstadt Center

Design Labs

The DMC’s Design Labs are creative learning environments that support initiatives to bridge disciplines, build networks and discover new contexts for scholarship. The most important resource you’ll find here are the student content experts: the consultants who lead learning and research activities. Looking for hard-to-find expertise, or a collaborator? Drop in.

Design Lab 1

Design Lab 1 hosts an academic community centered in making, with an emphasis on aesthetics. Animators, videographers, musicians and sound engineers, motion scientists, robotics engineers, programmers, gamers and designers collaborate to explore the practical and expressive potential of new tools, technologies and aesthetic directions at the convergence of digital and physical space.

Design Lab 3

Design Lab 3 is a new learning space, with an emerging base community. Its modular furniture, whiteboards, sketchpads and high-end workstations loaded with data visualization and modeling software attract entrepreneurs, architects and product designers — who are using the lab for ideation in connection with the library’s data resources, as well as the UM3D Lab’s prototyping tools.

Electronics Workbench

The Electronics Workbench is a small room near Design Lab 1 that houses components and hand tools for prototyping electronics projects. Access is granted to anyone following an orientation (two 2-hour sessions), until we have reached capacity per semester. Begin by emailing

Schedule an Event or Request Access

DMC Design Labs welcome short and long-term events and projects that put our special resources to good use and bring related ideas and resources into the mix. We host workshops, course labs, course-based team projects, co-curricular projects, student organization meetings, art exhibitions and installations, music performances, design critiques or reviews, etc. All events are effectively open to the public, at least for observation. If you would like to hold an event in a Design Lab, please use this form to request that it be approved and added to the calendar. Note that your event will not be granted exclusive access to the labs, and that other activities may be taking place during your event. Before your event is approved, you may be asked to meet with Design Lab staff to be sure we can meet your needs. Individuals and teams working on projects that require 24/7 access to Design Lab 1 may request card access, by completing this application form. To request access to the Electronics Workbench, please send email to You will receive an invitation to attend two 2-hour orientation sessions. Questions? Email