The Makerspace at West Houston Institute

IDEAStudio is the Makerspace at the West Houston Institute and supports its mission by providing a place to explore, experiment, and experience using a creative design process alongside emerging and traditional technologies to take ideas from concept to launch.

"IDEAS" stands for Innovation, Design & Entrepreneurship integrated into the Arts & Sciences. To develop the mindsets and skillsets we believe are essential for success today, we offer a range of programs and activities including membership and training for all students, faculty, and staff; support for instructional and individual projects; opportunities for mentorship and networking; and events for our local community.

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Become a Member

Current HCC credit students, faculty and staff are eligible to become IDEAStudio members. You will be joining a creative community where you can develop the mindsets + skillsets that will empower your future success, including creative problem-solving, iterative design, and team-based collaboration.

Get started by signing up for a new member orientation. Check the training section below for upcoming sessions and links to register. As a member, you will have:

  • Access to workspace and hand tools for individual or team projects
  • Use of digital and traditional fabrication tools on which you have trained
  • Storage space for project materials and consumables
  • Select opportunities for mentorship + networking



Take a Workshop

All HCC students, faculty and staff are invited to become members of IDEAStudio and make use of our spaces and tools. After completing the new member orientation, members are free to sign up for any of our trainings to learn how to use our software, tools, and equipment.

July 2019 Workshop Schedule

Introduction to Makerspace (Required for New Members)

The first step is attending our new member orientation workshop, "Introduction to Makerspace". This is a 45 minute session that introduces you to the concept of a makerspace, and specific information about IDEAStudio, including our open hours, use guidelines, and available tools and equipment. Once you become a member, you can level up by training and testing on a range of tools. Take your ideas from concept to launch!


  • Tuesday, July 9, 2019 2:00-3:00pm
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019 2:00-3:00pm
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019 2:00-3:00pm
  • Thursday, July 18, 2019 2:00-3:00pm
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019 2:00-3:00pm
  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 2:00-3:00pm
  • Tuesday, July 30, 2019 2:00-3:00pm
  • Thursday, August 1, 2019 2:00-3:00pm


3D Printing (Ultimaker/Prusa)

Learn the basics of using our Ultimaker and Prusa 3D printers in this one session training workshop. You will learn how to acquire a 3D model, prepare it for printing, set up and run your job, and post process your finished object. Note: You must be a current member of IDEAStudio to complete this training.


  • Thursday, July 11, 2019 3:00-5:00pm
  • Thursday, July 18, 2019 3:00-5:00pm
  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 3:00-5:00pm
  • Thursday, August 1, 2019 3:00-5:00pm


Vinyl Cutting (US Cutter)

This two hour workshop teaches the basics of using our US Cutter vinyl cutters. Learn how to prepare a 2D design, choose the right kind of material for the job, and use the vinyl cutter to produce your finished product. Note: You must be a current member of IDEAStudio to complete this training.


  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019 3:00-5:00pm
  • Tuesday, July 30, 2019 3:00-5:00pm

Laser Cutting (Epilog Fusion M2)

Learn how to use the studio's Epilog lasers in this two hour workshop. Training covers the safe use and operation of the laser cutter, preparing images for cutting, and etching or cutting on materials such as wood, acrylic, and textiles. Successful completion grants members access to use the laser cutters during open hours. Note: You must be a current member of IDEAStudio to complete this training.


  • Tuesday, July 9, 2019 3:00-5:00pm
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019 3:00-5:00pm

Using Power Tools I (Cordless Drill, Impact Driver, Disc Sander, and Orbital Sander)

This training covers the following power tools: Cordless Drill, Impact Driver, Disc Sander, and Orbital Sander. Successsful completion prepares members to check out and use the tools covered in the training. Note: You must be a current member of IDEAStudio to complete this training.


  • Tuesday, July 22, 2019 3:00-5:00pm



Instructional & Project Requests

Instructional Requests

Instructors and departments can request to work with IDEAStudio to deliver instructional activities for their students and staff, including graded assignments, extra-curricular experiences, and professional development opportunities.

Project Requests

HCC staff and departments can request assistance on projects that would benefit from the use of the equipment and spaces at IDEAStudio. We take on a limited number of projects each year depending on available resources and project scope.


Community Events

IDEAStudio participates in as well as hosts a number of events throughout the year. These are opportunities for us to engage with the wider Houston community to bringing 

Upcoming Events

  • She Started It: Film Screening & Women Entrepreneurs Panel, April 26, 2019, 9am-1pm
    Join us for a screening of She Started It, which follows five passionate, trailblazing young women who strive to compete and thrive in the ruthlessly competitive boys club of high tech start-ups. After the film, stay for pizza and learn from a panel of four women entrepreneurs who will share their own stories of creating their own Houston-based startups and nonprofits.
  • How to Make Anything With Xephyr Studios, April 30, 2019, 6-8pm
    Xephyr Studios is a local maker and cosplayer who will teach you exactly that – how to think like a maker! This tutorial on process design will give you a starting point from which you can create absolutely anything. You will learn how to deconstruct objects into their base properties, and how to construct them from this understanding. You will also be provided with a sample generic process based in 3D printing that you can use to begin creating right away!


Visit Us


West Houston Institute

2811 Hayes Rd., Houston, TX 77082

Hours of Operation: 10:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday