Fall 2024 Registration: DF-2100: Rapid Prototyping and CHBE-4200: Additive and Polymer-based Manufacturing can be added to your enrollment cart on YES.

Design and Create Functional Parts
@ Vanderbilt

The Digital Fabrication Makerspace is a well-equipped facility for transforming ideas into physical parts through computer-controlled (CNC) equipment. The space features a full portfolio of additive manufacturing techniques, including filament, resin, and powder 3D printers. Students also have access to more traditional manufacturing instruments, such as a mini-mill, laser cutter, and desktop injection molding machine.

Explore Equipment

This space was created for:

Teaching CAD

Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs allow you to precisely generated 3D models for printing or machining.


Design. Build. Critique. Repeat. Discover the iterative design process by bringing your idea to life.

Exploring Materials

Learn about the vast array of engineered materials and how material choice informs the manufacturing process.

Senior Design

Take your senior design or immersion experience to the next level by solving real world problems with physical parts.


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Digital Fabrication students visit Oak Ridge Manufacturing Demonstration Facility in Knoxville, TN.

Please note: The Digital Fabrication Makerspace is only accessible to Vanderbilt students. However, we are planning outreach opportunities for Makers in the middle Tennessee area. If you are a community leader or local company, then please reach out for collaborations.



Dr. Scott Guelcher


Scott Guelcher is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Vanderbilt. Prior to his academic appointment, Scott worked several years in industry, including positions at Eastman Chemical and Bayer Corporation. His research focuses on the design and 3D printing of biological materials for fracture repair and wound healing.

David Florian

Dr. David Florian

Technical Lead

David Florian is a Professor of the Practice in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department at Vanderbilt and an avid Maker. Having built a YouTube channel around 3D printers and other CNC machines, he uses his skills and equipment to support the Digital Fabrication minor and develop new scaffolds for his research in bone biology.