The Makerspace at West Houston Institute

Tour IDEAStudio

IDEAStudio is a 10,000 square foot state of the art facility offering a range of cutting edge and traditional technologies and work spaces that will enable you to create almost anything.

The Design Lab is our large digital fabrication space which includes a combination of tools and work areas:

  • 3D Printing (Ultimaker 3/5S, Prusa MK3, Formlabs Form 2, re:3D Gigabot 3, Markforged Mark Two)
  • Desktop Design Stations (Mac, Windows)
  • Electronics Work Benches (Soldering, Power supplies, oscilloscopes, multimeters)
  • Large Format Printing (HP Design Jet)
  • Laser Cutting (Epilog Fusion M2s)
  • Vinyl Cutting (US Cutter 50", Silhouette Desktop)

Our metal shop offers CNC and traditional technologies for working with sheet metal, wire, and tubing.

  • CNC Mill (Tormach 1100M)
  • CNC Plasma Cutter (Laguna 4'x4')
  • MIG Welders
  • Metal Lathe
  • Buffers & Grinders
  • Drill Press
  • Shearer, Notcher Bender

Our Wood Shop provides a range of tools for working with wood and softer materials:

  • CNC Router (Shopbot 4'x8')
  • Power Saws (Band, Circular, Table)
  • Belt/Disk Sanders
  • Drill Press
  • Jointer/Planer Combo

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IDEAStudio Makerspace

West Houston Institute

Suite 110 2811 Hayes Rd., Houston, TX 77082