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Manufacturing Renaissance


3D printing is a marriage of art and engineering. Additive manufacturing, a term associated with 3D printing methods, combined with open source hardware and software, is fueling the rise of “Maker Culture.” Once an expensive, niche technology limited to applications like surgical orthotics and custom medical implants, the low cost (less than a $1,000 in open source hardware and software) and ease of use is translating into 3D printers becoming a household item.

Whether to replace a missing shelving pin, produce functional prototypes, or create art, 3D printing lets anyone turn an idea into physical reality within minutes or hours.


Product Design & Development


Testing the commercial viability of an idea for a product requires putting functioning prototypes in the hands of future customers — which can costs tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in R&D budgets.

Analog Labs is a product development platform that lets makers, tinkerers, and do-it-yourselfers bring their ideas to life for a small fraction of traditional R&D budgets through affordable, on-demand 3D printing-as-a-service in a wide variety of materials and 3D printing technologies, including FDM, SLA, Polyjet.



R&D for Social Good


Analog Labs is a space to prototype software & hardware and study how it can be applied to benefit others.


1. Dissemination Knowledge

2. Apply Knowledge for Social Good

3. Be Sustainable


Case 1

Roger lives in San Francisco and suffers from dementia. He cannot operate “Smart Phones" and needs a better way to communicate with his children in Orange County.


  1. Build a screen-less phone suitable for Roger.

  2. Program a GSM modem.

  3. 3D print a circuit board.


Case 2

Teams of clinical specialists, therapists, and social workers round on hospitalized patients and collaboratively develop treatment plans.


  1. Understand how healthcare professionals communicate in hospitals and clinics and recognize opportunities to improve.

  2. Learn how to map indoor and outdoor areas.

  3. Design the implementation of a device that can facilitate how healthcare professionals communicate and care for patients.



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Your workplace is 2 miles from the nearest BART Station, and parking spots are expensive and few in number.


  1. Analyze existing bike, car and scooter-sharing programs and their impact on communities.

  2. Design a bike share program that improves the health of individuals and communities.

  3. Fabricate a 3D-printed bicycle.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge
— Albert Einstein