event in makerminds space with people around table

MakerMinds is both an open library space of technology resources and an accompanying event series. The MakerMinds space (formerly known as the Art Resources Lab) is available to all students at FIT and provides space for artwork enlargement, projection, and documentation of artwork by photography. It is located on the 6th floor of the Library in E620. MakerMinds Events is a series of DIY tech workshops held in the adjacent open area. For more information on upcoming events in the series, please visit our research guide

The MakerMinds is a self service lab - the lab itself, the equipment setup there, as well as equipment available for check out is for students to use as a self service. There is no dedicated staff available for assistance - written instructions are available in MakerMinds, and tutorials for equipment can be found on the  Tutorials, How-To's and Procedures pages.

  • The space cannot be reserved, it is operating on a first come first serve basis
  • The MakerMinds is a shared space where students can come and go to work and use the equipment 

Contact Us

Goodman Resource Center
Gladys Marcus Library, 6th floor, Room E620
[email protected]

Equipment Set Up in MakerMinds

Follow the links to tutorials for most of the items listed

ELMO Projector

Elmo Presenter Tutorial

ELMO Visual Presenter is a document camera, that when paired with a projector, allows it's user to display/project images, documents and drawings on a surface. It can be used for enlarging and tracing the projected image.

Copy Stand

Copy Stand Tutorial

Copy Stand provides a great way to photograph 2d (flat) oversized art work, in addition it can be used as a tool for stop animation.
Large Format Paper Trimmer

Large Paper Trimmers Tutorial

Primary use of these trimmers is intended for large photography prints, cardstock, printer/copy paper. Up to but no more than 10 sheets of regular copy paper.

Light Table

Light Tables Tutorial

Light tables are viewing devices that use an evenly distributed florescent lighting to review photographic film or artwork placed on top of it. There are several of them available in MakerMinds.
Artograph Prism

Artograph Prism Tutorial

A tabletop opaque projector for horizontal projection of artwork, designs, patterns, prints and line drawings. The lens is reversible to achieve a wide projection range from 80% reduction up to 20 times enlargement in full color. Magnetic door latches and a spring clip keeps your image securely in place.

Dragonframe 4 Stop Motion Animation Software

Stop-motion Animation Software Tutorial

Dragonframe 4 is a Stop-motion animation software, paired with a specialized keypad - quick and simple to use.

Next Engine 3D scanner

Next Engine 3D Scanner Tutorial

Before you begin, consider your need for scanning a 3D object:
Is it unique? Will the scan satisfy your expected level of detail? Can a comparable 3D model be obtained from a repository, or is it easier to model it yourself?

Impact Boom Studio Light Kit

Photography Lighting Tutorial

Check out the tutorial for a correct setup for artwork documentation: The tripod is perpendicular to the wall; the lights, outfitted with diffuser umbrellas, are facing the wall at a 45° angle in relation to the object and wall.

Overhead Projector

Overhead Projector Tutorial

You can project digital work via overhead projector onto the back wall of the MakerMinds space using the retractable projection screen.

Mystudio tabletop object photography

MyStudio Product Photography Kit Tutorial

The MyStudio MS32 is a desktop studio for product photography, take a look at the guide for taking the best quality photos.

Cintiq Interactive Display

Wacom Cintiq Tablet Tutorial

Several Wacom Cintiq digital drawing pen & touch displays are available. Cintiq pens can be checked-out with your FIT ID card at the service desk on the 5th floor. 

Equipment for Check-Out at Library Services Desk

Check out from the Library Services Desk on the 5th floor of the Library. All equipment is library use only and must be returned prior to closing. See here for more details and library hours.

FIT ID card required.

Diffusion Umbrellas

Diffuser Umbrellas for Photography


Bogen Tripod

Bogen Tripod

Savage Lighting System

Savage Studio Lighting System

Circular Reflector

Circular Reflectors


Artograph Impression 1400 tutorial

Artograph Impression 1400 Tutorial

The Artograph Impression 1400 is a portable digital projector that can be used for displaying digital images for enlargement or tracing.

Cintiq Pen Stylus

Cintiq Pen Stylus

Three Wacom Cintiq digital pen & touch displays are located in the MakerMinds space on the 6th fl. of the Library

Xuma Phone Mount

Xuma Phone Mount


embroidery with sewn on lights powered by arduino lilypad

Arduino LilyPad LibGuide Tutorial

Learn about the LilyPad wearable microcontrollers and how to program them in Arduino

circuit board

Makey Makey

Makey Makey works through opening and closing circuits, just like any other button. Instead of the circuit being closed underneath your keyboard, the circuit is closed through the conductive objects you connect with alligator clips like your hand or your lunch or some tinfoil. When the circuit is closed, the Makey Makey sends a command to your computer, just like a button pressed on a keyboard. Online documentation.

circuit board

Lilypad Protosnap Development Board

The ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board is designed to get you started in the world of e-textiles. Combining a LilyPad Simple Board with other LilyPad components like a buzzer, a vibration motor, an RGB LED, a button, a switch, five LEDs, a light sensor, and a temperature sensor, the ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board lets you dive right into wearable electronics. For prototyping only. Online documentation.

circuit board

Adafruit Circuit Playground Express

The Circuit Playground Express is an etextile-friendly prototyping board designed for MakeCode and CircuitPython,which includes an assortment of functionality built-in. For prototyping only.

MakerMinds Rules and Policies

The following rules must be followed while you are using the space:

  1. No food or drink is allowed in the Lab. 
  2. The MakerMinds is a priority use space for photography, enlargement, tracing and other uses unique to this space. All other uses are subject to displacement so that these activities can be conducted by students in the lab.
  3. All equipment must be turned off, and any checked out equipment returned to the Library Services desk after use. Please do not leave the light tables and projectors ON after you are done - turn them off!
  4. You are expected to clean up after yourself. This is a shared space and needs to be maintained by its patrons.

General Policies for Checkout

By using our equipment you are financially responsible for all equipment checked out from the library that is damaged, lost, etc. 

Loan Period – Maximum of 4 hours. All items are due ONE HOUR before the library closes.

Fines – $10.00 per hour for each hour overdue, plus $50.00 each overnight if not returned by closing time.

Replacement Cost – The cost of each item plus a $20.00 processing fee per item.