The Harvard Innovation Labs features the da Vinci Room maker space that offers resources for ventures of all kinds, including those in need of prototyping and manufacturing tools.
The space doubled in size in the fall of 2015, making it possible for more student and alumni teams working out of the i-lab, Launch Lab, or Life Lab to work on product design and development. Since its opening, the da Vinci Room has given hardware-based ventures access to high-caliber tools and equipment.
From developing bicycle helmets to robotic arms to wearable health sensors for elite athletes, the da Vinci Room plays a pivotal role supporting entrepreneurs and startup teams in the Venture Incubation Program (VIP). It eliminates the added expenses that can come with outsourcing design, prototyping, and manufacturing to outside labs and third parties, especially for the student-led teams who don’t have funding.
The da Vinci Room features a wet zone, a dry zone, multiple 3-D printers and resources, collaborative team space, and areas devoted to assembly, manufacturing, rubber molding, and soldering.
A Harvard SEAS PhD student acts as the da Vinci Room’s manager, providing training to users before working with the equipment, and addressing safety needs. In order to use the da Vinci Room, users are required to participate in this short training session.
Please note: the da Vinci Room is available only to members of the Venture Incubation Program (VIP) from each lab (i-lab, Launch Lab, Life Lab). The form to request a training session may be found on the VIP-only Resources page.