The Makerspace at West Houston Institute

Spaces & Tools

Take a virtual tour of the main Assembly space for IDEAStudio, where most student and class activities take place. This is an interactive experience–use your mouse to click and move around within the space.


  • Red arrows to identify our Emergency Exits
  • Round circles are labels for specific areas and tools
  • Black arrows will zoom in to a particular work area
  • At the bottom right are options for fullscreen and VR views

Overview of Areas

IDEAStudio provides creative spaces and tools to support all kinds of projects. Check below for an overview of what we offer:

Design Lab
  • 3D Printing
  • Electronics
  • Laser Cutting
  • Mac and PC Desktops
  • Sewing
  • Vinyl Cutting
  • Worktables & Hand Tools

Metal Shop
  • Buffers
  • CNC Mill
  • CNC Plasma Cutter
  • Drill Press
  • Grinders
  • MIG Welder
  • Metal Lathe
  • Powdercoat Oven
  • Shearer, Notcher, Bender

Wood Shop
  • Band Saw
  • Belt/Disk Sander
  • CNC Router
  • Circular Saw
  • Drill Press
  • Jigsaw
  • Jointer Planer Combo
  • Table Saw

  • 3D Scanning
  • AR/VR Stations
  • iPads
  • Mac & PC Desktops
  • Meeting Space
  • Presentation Screen
  • Recording Equipment

Additional Spaces
  • Outdoor Work Yard
  • Project & Materials Storage
  • Kitchen Area
  • Bathrooms


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Contact Us


West Houston Institute

Suite 110 2811 Hayes Rd., Houston, TX 77082

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm