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Open Lab @ Hillman

A partnership between the University Center for Teaching and Learning and the ULS, the Open Lab @ Hillman is a new space for virtual reality, 3D printing, 360 degree video, vinyl cutting, and project consultation in Hillman Library.

About the Open Lab @ Hillman

Pitt students, staff, and faculty are all welcome at the Open Lab @ Hillman, where you’ll find support from staff who can provide training and guidance. In addition to personal and research-related projects, we also provide support for course-related projects, including instructional design consultations for instructors interested in exploring incorporating emerging technologies into their teaching. If you’d like to begin a project in the Open Lab @ Hillman, get training, or schedule a consultation, please start here to let us know how we can help you. Open-Lab-approved users who have already received training on the equipment they want to use can skip ahead to reserve time on equipment.

The lab is currently equipped with a virtual reality workstations, 3D printers, a vinyl cutter, 360 degree video cameras, and a laser cutter/engraver (currently located offsite). We'll continue to develop the equipment available here, so check back (and let us know what you'd like to see!).

We have a sister space on campus, Open Lab @ Alumni, with a different set of equipment and offerings. For more information, check out the Teaching Center’s Open Lab website.


Join us for workshops on a variety of maker techniques and equipment, such as:

  • 360 video creation
  • 3D printing
  • Fabrication using the vinyl cutter
  • Jewelry making with custom beads and pendants
  • Virtual reality

For more details and to register for your spot, see the Open Lab @ Hillman listings within the ULS workshops calendar.

Where to find us

The Open Lab @ Hillman is located in Hillman Library G-7, just next to the main entrance on the ground floor.