About the Workshop

  • All workshops are in the Kenan Science Library, G301 Venable Hall, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Registration is only required for the events indicated.
  • Suggest other topics by emailing us,

For more events, see also:
BeAM workshops in Murray Hall and Hanes Art Center
University Libraries Research Hub Calendar

Spring 2017

Introduction to 3D Printing

Interested in 3D printing but don’t know where to start? Come learn about some tools that will help you bring your ideas to the physical world.
See dates below

3D Design with Tinkercad

Learn the basics of 3D design using Tinkercad—an easy web-based application. Note: please bring a laptop computer and mouse to this workshop.
See dates below

Electronics Workshops

  1. Simple circuits: Learn the basics of making electrical circuits.
  2. Beginning Arduino: Get started with Arduino, an open-source electronic development board useful for many fun and practical applications. Note: please bring a laptop computer to this workshop, and install the latest version of the Arduino software.
  3. More Arduino projects: Take your next steps with more complex Arduino examples. Note: please bring a laptop computer to this workshop, and install the latest version of the Arduino software.

Structure from Motion

Use a digital camera to create a series of 2D images that can be transformed into a 3D model.
Part I: We introduce Structure from Motion as a method for constructing 3D models of objects, architecture, and landscapes using digital photography and discuss guidelines and strategies for taking indoor and outdoor photographs sufficient for this purpose. JJ Bauer then will introduce AutoDesk 123D Catch and provide instruction for generating 3D models using this program.
Part II: Steve Davis provides instruction for constructing 3D models using Agisoft Photoscan, focusing on the use of Structure from Motion to document archaeological excavations and artifacts. Students then will be given instructions for collecting their own photographic data to create a 3D model using either 123D Catch or Photoscan.
Part III: Students will construct 3D models using their own photographic data.

Where: Art Department’s Visual Resources Library, 214 Hanes Art Center
When: February  21, 23, and 28, 3:30-5:00 pm
Instructors: JJ Bauer (Department of Art) and Steve Davis (Research Laboratories of Archaeology)
Max attendees: 20
Registration is required; please be sure you can attend all 3 sessions.

The Visual Resources Library has 8 PCs that are available to participants. Please indicate when registering if you wish to reserve one of these computers. Additional participants, and those wishing to use their own laptops, can download the two software programs used in this workshop (123D Catch [freeware] and Photoscan [free 30-day trial version]) at:

Please install both programs before the first workshop. This software is already installed on the VRL computers.

Duct Tape Wallet

Craft a fun project and learn how to use this ubiquitous material to fill a variety of needs.
January 23, 5:00–6:00 Registration required

Soldering On

Participants will learn and practice how to solder by completing a simple circuit which responds to ambient light levels by adjusting its brightness.
January 31, 5:00–6:00 Registration required

LED Pop-up Card

Learn basic circuit design and 3D paper construction with this simple and fun project.
February 6, 5:00–6:00 Registration required

Process Improvement

Learn from improvement programs such as Six Sigma to help you define areas of improvement, measure performance, analyze the causes of problems or poor performance, and control and continue the improved process.
February 9, 5:00–6:00 Registration required
More seats added!
Location: G307 Venable (room adjacent to the library)

Twinkling LED Mask

Using the LilyTwinkle board and conductive thread, create LED-lit masks.
February 23, 5:00–6:00 Registration required

3D scanning with the NextEngine

Learn how to create a 3D model of an object through laser scanning with the NextEngine Scanner. Topics covered include basic laser scanning technologies, optimal settings for different situations, and how to clean and export your finished model. No prior experience with 3D technologies is required.
March 5, 5:00–6:00 Registration required
April 13, 5:00–6:00 Registration required
April 23, 5:00–6:00 Registration required

Pepakura Design Workshop

We will use the 3D paper design tool Pepakura to create cut-and-paste models that can be assembled from just paper and glue.
March 6, 5:00–6:00 Registration required

Design Thinking

Learn to draw upon logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning to create innovative solutions to complex problems.
March 21, 5:00–6:30  Cancelled
April 18, 5:00–6:30  Cancelled

Internet of Things Sensor

Learn how to build a circuit to collect data, store it in the cloud, and access it later. Participants will be able to customize their sensor to collect other kinds of data at home.
March 22, 5:00–7:00 Registration required

Laser Cut a Personalized Keychain

Design your very own keychain, then use the Makerspace’s laser cutter to turn the design to reality! In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator to create the vector artwork files you need to create functional and beautiful objects using a laser cutter.
March 29, 5:00–6:30 Registration required

Project Management

Learn how to keep your projects focused and completed on time.
April 20, 1:00–2:00  Cancelled

Candy Mold Making

Mold making has a variety of applications—learn the basics by creating a mold for chocolate or hard candy from a positive image.
April 11, 5:00–6:00 Registration required

An Exploration of Textiles in the Digital Age

Kimberly English is an MFA Candidate in Studio Art researching smart textiles through a Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative Fellowship. Her exploration of the relationship between textiles and technology emphasizes research, community outreach, and making, which is supported by the facilities at Kenan Science Library Research Hub & Makerspace and BeAM at Murray Hall. This research connects the smart textiles revolution to the history of textiles, focuses on what it means today, and contemplates what it could mean for the future. Follow along with her exploration at!
April 12, 3:00–4:00 Registration required

Introduction to 3D Printing

  • January 18, 5:00–6:00
  • January 22, 5:00–6:00
  • January 24, 5:00–6:00
  • January 28, 2:00–3:00
  • February 2, 5:00–6:00
  • February 5, 5:00–6:00
  • February 8, 5:00–6:00
  • Febraury 11, 2:00–3:00
  • February 16, 5:00–6:00
  • February 19, 5:00–6:00
  • February 22, 5:00–6:00
  • February 25, 2:00–3:00
  • February 28, 5:00–6:00
  • March 7, 5:00–6:00
  • March 9, 5:00–6:00
  • March 25, 2:00–3:00
  • March 27, 5:00–6:00
  • April 2, 5:00–6:00
  • April 4, 5:00–6:00
  • April 8, 2:00–3:00
  • April 12, 5:00–6:00
  • April 17, 5:00–6:00
  • April 19, 5:00–6:00
  • April 22, 2:00–3:00
  • April 24, 5:00–6:00
  • April 26, 5:00–6:00

3D Design with Tinkercad

Note: please bring a laptop computer and mouse to this workshop.

  • January 21, 2:00–3:00
  • January 25, 5:00–6:00
  • January 29, 5:00–6:00
  • January 30, 5:00–6:00
  • February 4, 2:00–3:00
  • February 7, 5:00–6:00
  • February 12, 5:00–6:00
  • February 14, 5:00–6:00
  • February 18, 2:00–3:00
  • February 20, 5:00–6:00

  • February 26, 5:00–6:00
  • February 27, 5:00–6:00
  • March 2, 5:00–6:00
  • March 4, 2:00–3:00
  • March 8, 5:00–6:00
  • March 20, 5:00–6:00
  • March 23, 5:00–6:00
  • March 26, 5:00–6:00
  • March 28, 5:00–6:00
  • March 30, 5:00–6:00
  • April 1, 2:00–3:00
  • April 5, 5:00–6:00
  • April 9, 5:00–6:00
  • April 20, 5:00–6:00
  • April 25, 5:00–6:00
  • April 27, 5:00–6:00