DIRT Lab

CONTACTS

  • DIRT Lab
  • (425) 576-5830
  • Kirkland Campus
    East Building, E135
  • Hours
    Mon. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Tues. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Wed. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Thurs. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Design Innovation Research Technology (DIRT) Lab is physically located in the East Building of the LWTech campus. As a maker space, the DIRT Lab seeks to manifest innovative ideas into tangible designs and prototypes. The lab is possible due to a strong partnership with the Innovation Partnership Zone (IPZ) for Biomedical Manufacturing. Some of the cutting-edge equipment housed within the 2,500 sq. ft. space includes:

  • Vacuum Former
  • Laser cutter
  • 3D printers
  • 3D scanner
  • 2Bot Prototyping Mill
    • Laguna Vertical Knee-Mill
    • Small lathe
    • A variety of wood working equipment
  • ...with many other pieces of equipment to come in the near future

Read below to learn more about the DIRT Lab, stay tuned for additional updates, and contact us if you have questions or want to get involved! There will be opportunities for community involvement.

Vision

To provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage collaboratively on multidisciplinary projects and research.

Our Values

With creative collaboration between individuals from disparate backgrounds as our guiding value, our objective is to offer students, along with the entire LWTech community, opportunities for synergistic collaboration on real-life projects that will prepare all for leadership roles in this ever-changing world. Learning how to learn, after all, is what it takes to be able to adapt to a continuously transmuting technological environment. The following actions will inform our selection of DIRT Lab projects and research: 

  • Gain experience working collaboratively on multidisciplinary projects.
  • Increase exposure to other disciplines and career paths.
  • Design, prototype, fabricate, and test student projects.
  • Pursue projects sponsored or lead by external organizations.
  • Seek out projects that challenge the limits of technology and innovation.
  • Access new technologies, methods, and experiences.

The criteria above aim to give students a competitive advantage not only in the workforce, but also in any future educational ventures.

Our Philosophy

The DIRT Lab fosters a culture of exploration within an environment of freely flowing interdisciplinary associations. Innovative designs and technologies can emerge through a synergy of concrete, theoretical, and the predictive methods of research and development. Students and faculty are then empowered to be “sense-makers,” approaching real-world issues through a creative process of both thinking and doing.