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.

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.  Please note that you will need your BUID in order to be trained.

(Freshmen should go to the sign-up site that was sent to them during Orientation for special Freshman Training in September only  After Sept. Freshmen can attend regular trainings but September trainings are designed for Freshmen.)

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 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).

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.

Fall 2018 TRAINING SCHEDULE
This schedule could change.

 You can also visit the lab and ask for a training.  Sometimes an Advisor is available to do a special training or a yearly refresh training.

 

Open Trainings Freshmen Only Trainings

For September

Wednesday the 5th- 7pm

Saturday 8th- 4pm

Wednesday the 12th- 7pm

Saturday the 15th- 1pm

Wednesday the 19th- 6pm

Wednesday the 26th- 7pm

For October

Thursday the 3rd- 2pm

Friday the 5th- 1pm

Sunday the 7th- 4pm

Saturday the 13th- 3pm

Tuesday the 16th- 6pm

Friday the 19th- 4pm

Saturday the 20th- 4pm

Monday the 22nd- 5:30pm

Wednesday the 24th- 6pm

Sunday the 28th- 4pm

Tuesday the 30th- 4pm

For November

Thursday the 8th- 2pm

Friday the 9th- 1pm

Sunday the 11th- 4pm

Tuesday the 13th- 6pm

Saturday the 17th- 3pm

Monday the 26th- 5:30pm

Wednesday the 28th- 6pm

For December

Sunday the 2nd- 4pm

Friday the 7th- 4pm

Monday the 10th- 5:30pm

For September

Freshmen must sign up for special

September Freshmen training

on the website given to them at Orientation.

Tuesday the 4th- 6pm

Friday the 7th- 4:30pm

Monday the 10th- 5:30pm

Tuesday the 11th- 6pm

Friday the 14th- 4:30pm

Sunday the 16th- 3pm

Monday the 17th- 5:30pm

Tuesday the 18th- 6pm

Thursday the 20th- 4 pm

Friday the 21st- 4:30pm

Sunday the 23rd- 3pm

Monday the 24th- 5:30pm

Tuesday the 25th- 6pm

Friday the 28th- 4:30pm

Sunday the 30th- 4pm


Workshop Schedule

We are not setting a schedule for workshops this summer (and maybe no longer).  If you see a workshop topic you are interested in below, please visit the lab and ask for a workshop training.  An advisor will work with you to set a time that they can give you a workshop.  It may be as group or with just you. Lab Advisors are eager to do workshops, so please ask.

Workshops are for College of Engineering students only.

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).

Workshop Descriptions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

3D Printer

Used Creo or Solidworks in the past but never done anything with your designs? Want to learn about printing 3D forms from simple filament? Then this 3D printing workshop is for you! Just bring your curiosity and we’ll teach you how it all works: from the ground up!

Forms

Singh Imagineering Lab Operating Procedures

Parts Request Form

Machining Request Form

3D Printer Usage Form

Faculty/Alumni Advisor Request Form

Workshop RSVP form

Gaining Access

When the lab is open, a Lab Advisor will let you in. To work in the lab you must have taken the safety training within the last calendar year and have your BUID with you.

To gain access to the Imagineering Lab, please follow these steps:

  1. Attend an equipment safety training session (under the “Safety Training” section) and sign a copy of the IL operating procedures.
  2. Leave the signed form with the advisor on shift.
  3. Bring your BUID with you to the lab each time you want to use the space.
  4. Take the training each year.  Training expires after one year.