Facilities and Equipment

Walk-in orientation sessions are available for the SMART Motion Capture Lab and the SMART Automation Sandbox. To learn more about these sessions click on the links below for each of these labs.

smart automation sandbox.

Automation Sandbox

Location: Furnas 108, North Campus

The SMART Automation Sandbox is a space for all disciplines to explore the role of automation and robotics in society and seeks to support discovery through student projects, hands-on course activities, and individual tinkering - from the factory floor to urban planning and STEM to social sciences.

fabrication factory.

Fabrication Factory

Location: 56 Parker Hall, South Campus

The SMART Fabrication Factory is a prototyping facility whose mission focuses on developing collaborative research with industry. The factory provides space and instrumentation to build full scale, testable prototypes.

motion capture lab.

Motion Capture Lab

Location: 126 Bonner, North Campus

The Motion Capture Lab is a student-centric, reconfigurable high-bay facility for testing of working robot prototypes, agile product realization, teaching demonstrations, and other SMART related projects.

motion capture lab.

Thermal Imaging Camera

Location: 126 Bonner, North Campus

The FLIR A325sc delivers accurate thermal imaging and repeatable temperature readings providing more than 76,000 accurate temperature measurements in every image. This uncooled thermal imaging camera offers digital input directly to FLIR ResearchIR for start-and-stop recording.

Related University Facilities

architecture shop.
the design studio.
digital manufacturing lab.
machine shop.

Equipment reservation and use policies

  • Reservation requests must be made at least two business days in advance of the project start date and time.
  • Space and equipment are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.  In certain circumstances (e.g., an imminent proposal deadline), there may be a need to rearrange the testing schedule.  Any such requests need to be made to SMART administration.
  • Orientation is required prior to equipment use. Researchers must obtain proper training from the ​lead equipment user or SMART technician before using the equipment.
  • If equipment is damaged or broken, the researcher is responsible to work with SMART administration to develop a plan to either repair the equipment or replace it.  This may include some financial obligations depending upon the nature of the incident.