SparkFun arduino kitThe Caltech Library TechLab provides members of the Caltech community unfettered hands-on access to innovative technologies ranging from 3D printing and scanning to circuit board manipulations and more! 

We are located on the 1st floor of the Sherman Fairchild Library in Room 131.

The TechLab is open to registered users only Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm.  Access outside of those hours and during the weekend requires checking out a key from our Circulation Staff to enter the lab.

​Anyone with a campus ID can register to use the TechLab.  TechLab staff will provide training classes and on-site orientation and guidance in the use of the equipment.  The TechLab is staffed Monday through Friday, 3pm to 5pm, and Tuesday and Thursday, 1pm to 5pm for drop-in office hours.  Contact us to schedule an orientation/register.

There are numerous free 3D modeling software available online for personal use. The Library also provides the campus community with access to workstations with SolidWorks, the predominant campus software used to design 3D models.

Please follow the instructions to the left to get started.  Don't hesitate to contact us for any questions regarding the Caltech Library TechLab.  Register for use today!


  • Chain links designed by one of our undergrads using #blender3d, printed on a @deezmaker #bukito .
  • Low-Poly Bulbasaur Planter from @Thingiverse
  • Bust of Nefertiti, from @thinigiverse

  • MRI -> 3D model -> STL -> 3D Print
  • PDB Structure: 1VDF | "Cartilage Oligomeric Matrix Protein Coiled-Coil domain, aka COMPcc"
  • Prototypes of a silicon valve mold, version 10 - Designed by one of our grad students for his research
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