Imagineering Lab

Singh Imagineering Laboratory

Learn More about the Imagineering Competition

Students are taking their ideas for innovations that will impact people and society and using the Singh Imagineering Lab to make them a reality, competing to win some serious prize money.

Empowering Students to Innovate Solutions

The "what"...

The Binoy K. Singh Imagineering Laboratory 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 School of Management, work on plans to potentially commercialize their products and enter them in business competitions.

The "who"...

Eligible Students:
 
 
Lab Advisors:
Lab Manager:

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.
List of Advisors
Joe Precopio | 617-353-5949

The "where"...

44 Cummington Street, 1st floor
617-358-6738

The "when"...

Monday to Thursday | Noon to 10:00 PM
Friday to Sunday | Noon to 6:00 PM
Closed Holidays and Breaks

The "how"...

Available Equipment

Manual and NC Mills
Makerbot Replicator 3D Printer
Desktop Computers with SolidWorks and CAD
Tap and Die sets
Oscilloscope
Power Supply
Bench Grinder
Band Saw
Drill Press
Belt & Disc Sander
Hand Tools
Various Handheld Power Tools

Stocked Supplies

Sheet metal
Plywood
Assorted Dowels
Lucite
PVC Pipes
Metal Rods
Assorted electronic parts
Assorted wire
Assorted batteries & motors
Assorted nuts, bolts, screws, and fasteners

Gaining Access

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

  1. Download & print the Singh Imagineering Lab Operating Procedures. Read and acknowledge your agreement of the procedures with your signature at the bottom along with your BUID#.
  2. Attend an equipment safety training session (under the "Safety Training" section) and have your IL operating procedures signed by the equipment trainer.
  3. Turn in form to room B15 of 44 Cummington Street
  4. Apply for access in Zaius

Equipment Safety Training Schedule

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.

Date Time Trainer
Mon 3/30 7:00pm Calvin
Wed 4/1 1:00pm Miguel/Tony
Mon 4/6 7:00pm Calvin
Wed 4/8 1:00pm Miguel/Tony
Sun 4/12 3:30pm Sean
Mon 4/13 7:00pm Calvin
Wed 4/15 1:00pm Miguel/Tony
Sun 4/19 3:30pm Sean
Wed 4/22 1:00pm Miguel/Tony

Workshop Schedule

Workshops are for College of Engineering students only.

You must sign up for workshops. Visit the lab for details. 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).

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. If you don't have Solidworks on your computer, contact ENG-IT (enghelp@bu.edu) for installation instructions. RSVP at singhlab@bu.edu, seats are limited.

Creo
Ever wanted to design objects 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: http://www.ptc.com/product/creo/elements/direct-modeling/express. RSVP at singhlab@bu.edu, 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 singhlab@bu.edu, 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. NC Mill lets you do that by inputting geometric features which are then carved into your object automatically. Come to learn how to operate the NC Mill. RSVP at singhlab@bu.edu, seats are limited.

Microcontreller / 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.) RSVP at singhlab@bu.edu, seats are limited.

Title Date Time Host
Creo Wed 4/1 8:00pm Mike
Microcontroller / Arduino Thu 4/2 6:00pm Mehmet
Solidworks Tue 4/7 8:00pm Adrian
Soldering Thu 4/9 8:00pm Miguel
Creo Wed 4/15 8:00pm Mike
Microcontroller / Arduino Thu 4/16 6:00pm Mehmet
NC Mill Fri 4/17 3:30pm Mehmet
Solidworks Tue 4/21 8:00pm Adrian
Soldering Thu 4/23 8:00pm Miguel


Grand Opening of ENG's Singh Imagineering Lab

On October 28, 2011, Dean Ken Lutchen and donor Binoy K. Singh cut the ribbon that signaled the opening of BU College of Engineering's Imagineering Laboratory—a place for engineering students to let their imaginations loose, design, innovate, and create.