• 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

Fall 2017

3D Design and 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, and start designing with Tinkercad. Note: please bring a laptop computer and mouse to this workshop.

    • August 29, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
    • September 6, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
    • September 10, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
    • September 11, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
    • September 17, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
    • September 19, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
    • September 24, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
    • September 25, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
    • October 1, 6:00–7:0 p.m.
    • October 5, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
    • October 8, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
    • October 15, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
    • October 16, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
    • October 29, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
    • November 2, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
    • November 5, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
    • November 9, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
    • November 12, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
    • November 14, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
    • November 19, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
    • November 28, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
    • December 3, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Virtual Reality Development Studio Orientation NEW!

This orientation will allow you to use our Virtual Reality Studio with the HTC Vive.

Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.

  • October 17
  • October 24
  • October 31
  • November 7
  • November 14
  • November 21
  • November 28
  • December 5
Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

  • October 27
  • November 3
  • November 17
  • December 1

Creating and Exploring in Virtual Reality NEW!

Come and build a low-poly mountain environment using Blender, a free and popular 3D modeling program and then explore that environment using the HTV Vive VR headset.  At this workshop, you will learn the basics of 3D modeling and how to export your models for use with VR environments using Unity3D, a game engine.  No prior experience necessary.  Laptop required.

Before the workshop, please download the free programs linked to at the end of this description.  We will not have time to help with downloads once the workshop begins.  If you need help with downloading or installing the software, please arrive 30 minutes before the workshop is set to begin:
Untiy Personal

Electronics Workshop Series

I. Simple circuits: Learn the basics of making electrical circuits to bring energy to your projects.

  • September 13, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
  • October 10, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
  • November 6, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

II. 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.

  • August 31, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
  • October 17, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

III. More Arduino Projects: Learn to use more advanced components with Arduino. Note: please bring a laptop computer to this workshop, and install the latest version of the Arduino software.

  • October 4, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
  • October 24, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
  • November 20, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

3D imaging

3D  Imaging with the NextEngine scanner: learn to create a high-definition 3D scan of a real-world object using our NextEngine.

  • September 5, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
  • September 26, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
  • November 1, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
  • November 27, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

3D Imaging with Agisoft PhotoScan:  a basic workshop to learn to create 3D images from a series of photographs using a regular camera and PhotoScan software.

  • November 29, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Structure from Motion: This is a more advanced 3-day workshop for using Agisoft Photoscan. Use a digital camera to create a series of 2D images that can be transformed into a 3D model.

  • Part I (October 3): 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.
  • Part II (October 5): 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 (October 12): Students will construct 3D models using their own photographic data.

Where: Art Department’s Visual Resources Library, 214 Hanes Art Center
When: October 3, 5, and 12, 3:30-5:00 pm
Instructors: JJ Bauer (Department of Art) and Steve Davis (Research Laboratories of Archaeology)
Max attendees: 16
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 software at: Please install program before the first workshop. This software is already installed on the VRL computers.

Other workshops

Design Thinking: Learn to draw upon logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning to create innovative solutions to complex problems.

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. NOTE: BeAM orientation is REQUIRED before attending this class. Orientation dates and times can be found here.

Design a Laptop Sticker: Take your laptop sticker game to the next level! We’ll show you how to design your own custom laptop stickers, and then cut them immediately with the help of Kenan Science Library and BEAM! NOTE: BeAM orientation is REQUIRED before attending this class. Orientation dates and times can be found here.