The Makerspace at West Houston Institute

Innovation, Design & Entrepreneurship in the Arts & Sciences

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.

To develop the creative mindsets and skillsets we believe are essential today, we offer a membership and training program 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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Student, Faculty & Staff Membership

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



Training Opportunities

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.

Spring 2019 Training Schedule

New Member Orientation

All students, faculty, and staff are required to complete the new member orientation prior to using the makerspace.



3D Printing (FDM)

The makerspace has Ultimaker and Prusa FDM printers available for use by members.



Vinyl Cutting

Large format and desktop vinyl cutters are available for use, in addition to heat presses and other related equipment and tools.


Power Tools

Coming soon!



Coming soon!

Laser Cutting

Coming soon!

Welding (MIG)

Coming soon!


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. Your students do not have to be given formal coursework to participate in the studio, but you are asked to reach out to us if you want to give a graded assignment to your class where they will be expected to work in the makerspace.


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

  • Ultimaker 3D Printing Roadshow - February 19-20
    Join us for a two-day event hosted by 3D printer manufacturer, Ultimaker, at the West Houston Institute’s IDEAStudio. There will be hands-on hardware and software workshops, 3D design and fabrication demonstrations by experts, training opportunities as well as time to network and learn more about this new technology. This event is open to all HCC students, faculty and staff as well as the community.

On-going Events

  • Mega Maker Meetup Connecting Creative Communities (MC)3
    This "mega meetup" provides a venue for the many Houston-area meetups focused on creative technology interests to come together with educators and local leaders to imagine how we might affect positive change. Organized by our program director and leaders from the tech community, this meetup gathers bi-monthly at the studio.


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West Houston Institute

2811 Hayes Rd., Houston, TX 77082

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