SparkFun arduino kitThe Caltech Library TechLab provides members of the Caltech community unfettered hands-on access to innovative technologies ranging from 3D printing to VR to Raspberry Pi and Arduino and more! 

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

The TechLab is accessible to registered users whenever the library is open.  After-hours and weekend access is available for registered users by checking out the key at the SFL Circulation Desk.

​Anyone with a valid campus ID can register to use the TechLab.  Registration involves an orientation that covers Techlab policies, 3D model design considerations and proper printer operation.  Staff support is generally available Monday-Friday, 8am - 5pm.  Contact us to schedule an orientation or for any other related consultations.

There are numerous free 3D modeling programs available online for personal use. Eligible campus users can also check software.caltech.edu for campus-licensed CAD software.  All Library workstations are equipped with SolidWorks and Autocad.  The Techlab also maintains two special workstations outside the lab with additional 3D modeling and essential 3D printing software installed.

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