Singh Imagineering Lab (Tinker)

Empowering Students to Innovate

“What if…?”  The Binoy K. Singh Imagineering Laboratory, also known as “The Tinker Lab,” gives students the resources to take on extracurricular engineering initiatives and think about new ways to address society’s challenges. The Singh Imagineering Lab provides easy access to entrepreneurially minded College of Engineering students, and other BU students working with them, without limiting the topic or timeframe of use. Using the lab’s tools and machinery—and guidance from faculty, graduate students and undergraduate peers—students are encouraged to pursue their ideas and designs. Where applicable, they can take projects to the prototype stage and enter them in design competitions—here are examples of some projects students have worked on in the Imagineering Lab. And where feasible, they will be encouraged to take on partners from BU’s Questrom School of Business, work on plans to potentially commercialize their products and enter them in business competitions.


Above: Winners of the 2017 Imagineering Competition talk about their projects.

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Eligible Students

  • BU College of Engineering Students
  • BU students working with at least one BU College of Engineering Student
  • Note: Completion of a 30-minute safety course is required.

Singh Imagineering Lab

44 Cummington Mall, 1st floor
617-358-6738
Monday to Thursday | Noon to 10:00 PM
Friday to Sunday | Noon to 6:00 PM
Closed Holidays and Breaks

How to Use the Lab

Safety Training

Safety Training is for ENG students only.  You must show your ID at training.

(Freshmen should go to the sign-up site that was sent to them during Orientation for special Freshman Training.)

You MUST be on time. You will not be admitted to training after it has begun. Be prepared to take notes. You can start to use the lab immediately after training. Training time will be up to an hour. You do not have to sign up—Just show up and the first 25 people will be admitted. Usually there is plenty of room.

If you are coming to a training session that is held after 6pm or on a weekend you will want to be sure to already have card access to the front door of 44 Cummington Mall (ERB). To do this, please go to Zaius and request access to “Ingalls” which will include the front door of ERB (you should have already received an email introducing you to Ingalls and Zaius).

If you cannot make the training dates, come to the Lab or call 617-358-6738 and ask to be put on the waiting list for future trainings.

Please note training expires after 1 year and you will need to retake the training.

This schedule could change. 

Day, Date Time Advisors
Saturday, 9/9 3:30pm Haley/Roger
Friday, 9/15 2pm Eugene/Sean
Saturday, 9/23 1pm Haley/Gracie
Tuesday, 9/26 1pm Brian/Sean
Monday, 10/2 6pm Noah/Mary
Friday, 10/13 2pm Eugene/Sean
Thursday, 10/19 7:30pm Noah/Rebecca
Sunday, 10/29 4pm Summer/Rebecca
Friday, 11/3 2pm Eugene/Sean
Tuesday, 11/7 2pm Brian/Sean
Sunday, 11/19 4pm Summer/Rebecca
Saturday, 12/2 3pm Haley/Roger
Thursday, 12/7 7pm Noah/Rebecca
Saturday, 12/9 1pm Haley/Gracie
Tuesday, 12/12 2pm Brian/Sean

Workshop Schedule

This schedule could change.

Workshop Dates Time Advisor
Microcontroller/
Arduino
10/8/17 4-6pm Summer
Creo 10/13/17 4-6pm Sean
3D Printer 10/15/17 3-5pm Rebecca
Soldering 10/20/17 4-6pm Sean
Solidworks 10/22/17 4-6pm Summer
NC Mill 10/28/17 4-6pm Roger
Microcontroller/
Arduino
11/3/17 4-6pm Summer
Solidworks 11/5/17 4-6pm Summer
Soldering 11/10/17 4-6pm Sean
3D Printer 11/12/17 3-5pm Rebecca
Creo 11/17/17 4-6pm Sean
NC Mill 11/18/17 4-6pm Roger
Microcontroller/
Arduino
12/1/17 4-6pm Summer
NC Mill 12/2/17 4-6pm Roger
3D Printer 12/3/17 3-5pm Rebecca
Soldering 12/8/17 4-6pm Sean
Solidworks 12/10/17 4-6pm Summer

RSVP at goo.gl/forms/Xa2At7WdJO seats are limited.

Workshops are for College of Engineering students only.

You must sign up for workshops. RSVP at goo.gl/forms/Xa2At7WdJO seats are limited. After signing up, you may receive e-mail updates and information on what you will need for the workshop.

You MUST be on time. You will not be admitted after a workshop has begun.

Workshops are 60–90 minutes.

If you are coming to a workshop or training session that is held after 6pm or on a weekend you will want to be sure to already have card access to the front door of 44 Cummington Mall (ERB). To do this, please go to Zaius and request access to “Ingalls” which will include the front door of ERB (you should have already received an email introducing you to Ingalls and Zaius).

This schedule may change.

RSVP at goo.gl/forms/Xa2At7WdJO seats are limited.

Workshop Descriptions

RSVP at goo.gl/forms/Xa2At7WdJO seats are limited.

Solidworks
Ever wanted to design objects in your computer? Solidworks is one of the most commonly used Computer Aided Design (CAD) software in the industry. We’ll teach from scratch how to use Solidworks to create CAD models that could be used for machining, 3D-printer or for visual purposes. You will receive an email with instructions on how to get Solidworks after RSVPing. REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR COMPUTER WITH SOLIDWORKS ALREADY DOWNLOADED AND INSTALLED. RSVP at goo.gl/forms/Xa2At7WdJO seats are limited.

Creo
Ever wanted to design object in your computer? Creo is one of the most commonly used Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software in the industry. We’ll teach from scratch how to use Creo to create CAD models that could be used for machining, 3D-printer or for visual purposes. You can get Creo Express at: www.ptc.com/product/creo/elements/direct-modeling/express. REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR COMPUTER WITH CREO ALREADY DOWNLOADED AND INSTALLED. RSVP at goo.gl/forms/Xa2At7WdJO seats are limited.

Soldering
Always wondered about how to make circuits but never got the chance to learn? We’ll show you how to solder components together and create circuit boards of various sizes and shapes. RSVP at goo.gl/forms/Xa2At7WdJO seats are limited.

NC Mill
Turn your creations into reality! A mill is a machine that lets you remove material from an object to create the shape you desire. The NC Mill lets you that by inputting geometric features which are then carved into your object automatically. Come learn how to operate the NC Mill. RSVP at goo.gl/forms/Xa2At7WdJO seats are limited.

Microcontroller/Arduino
Have an idea to automate lights in your room Want to build a robot? First step is to learn how to use a microcontroller. These little devices let you control electronic systems as basic as blinking an LED light and as complicated as a person sized robot. We’ll teach you how to use an Arduino, one of the most popular microcontrollers on the market. Basic programming knowledge is required (Arduino uses C but any other language like Python or Matlab will be sufficient). If you have an Arduino, feel free to bring it but we’ll provide if you don’t have one. RSVP at goo.gl/forms/Xa2At7WdJO seats are limited.

Tinker Build Day: Make Your Own LED Sign
Interested in using the mill, soldering iron and any other hand-held tools in tinker? Are you also in need of a cool LED sign for your dorm, significant other or mom? Come to tinker to learn how to use the engraving function on the NC Mill and attach it to a mount with LEDs inside. RSVP at goo.gl/forms/Xa2At7WdJO seats are limited.

3D Printer

1/27: Introduction to Open Source 3D Printers

This workshop will briefly introduce the RepRap community and the history of open source 3D printers. Students will also explore a CAD model of an original printer design to learn about the mechanics of this kind of printer. Students will also have the opportunity to make design suggestions and add parts to the assembly in Solidworks.

 2/3: Build Day Part 1

Construction of the 3D printer begins with explanation of materials and parts used, hardware distributors, and methods of construction. Students will assist in building an original 3D printer based on a detailed CAD model and learn about linear motion stages. This is the printer we will be building:

3D Printer

2/10: Build Day Part 2

Construction of the 3D printer continues.

2/17: Electronics Day Part 1

We will begin wiring up the electrical components (fans, heaters, motors) to the motherboard. Students will be introduced to soldering, wire crimping, cable management, and the smoothieboard. Smoothieboard is an open source circuit board designed to control multi-axis tools like mills, 3D printers, and laser cutters.

2/24: Electronics Day Part 2/Testing

We will finish up the electronics portion of the build and if there’s time we will test all the systems to ensure they’re running properly.

Forms

Singh Imagineering Lab Operating Procedures
Parts Request Form
Machining Request Form
3D Printer Usage Form
Faculty/Alumni Advisor Request Form

Gaining Access

9/20/16: Card access is no longer given to the lab.  When the lab is open a Lab Advisor will let you in and if you have taken the training and have your BUID with you, you can work in the lab.

There are 6 simple steps to gain access to the Imagineering Lab (IL):

  1. Download & print the Singh Imagineering Lab Operating Procedures.
  2. Read and acknowledge your agreement of the procedures with your signature at the bottom along with your BUID#.  YOU MUST PRINT CLEARLY.
  3. Attend an equipment safety training session (under the “Safety Training” section) and have your IL operating procedures signed by the equipment trainer.
  4. Leave the signed form with the trainer.
  5. Bring your ID with you to the lab each time you want to use it and sign in.
  6. Take the training each year.  Training expires after one year.