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Open Lab @ Hillman

Updated Fall 2021 Operating Guidelines

  • Want to come to an Open Lab location in person? We’re open this term – by appointment only!
  • We can also manufacture your designed item for you for contactless pickup, for Approved Users. 
  • Training is always available online. 
  • As always, we’d love to talk to you about integrating Open Lab technologies and services into your teaching.
  • To access any of the above services, tell us: What Would You Like to Do Today?

About the Open Lab @ Hillman

Open Lab @ Hillman is a collaboration between the University Center for Teaching and Learning and the University Library System. Through workshops, class sessions, consultations and trainings, we aim to connect the Pitt community with technology for hand-on making and experiential learning. Drop in to experience virtual reality, learn to 3D print, use a vinyl cutter,or borrow a 360 degree video camera.

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

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.

Open Lab Online Training

Open Lab @ Canvas is our digital training space, created in collaboration with the University Library System’s Digital Stewardship Lab. Here you will find all of our currently offered online learning modules to assist you in learning how to use software or equipment that we and our members commonly use. These modules can be used for registered courses or for individual learners.


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.