Tools and Resources

About the Nest Tools and Resources

The Nest has a variety of tools to help students fabricate their ideas as well as create high quality products for projects and clubs. Below are a list of tools that are available, as well as ideas for what types of projects they are suited for.

3D printers

We have four 3D printers, a Makerbot Replicator, a Dremel Idea Builder, and two Printrbot Plays. 3D printers allow students to print physical objects from plastic filament. We use Tinkercad to allow students to create their own 3D designs.

Possible Projects:

  • Print precise models
  • Create learning objects
  • Create spare parts

Silhouette Cameo Vinyl Cutter

The vinyl cutter, or plotter, allows users to cut out shapes and vectors on a variety of materials, including paper, vinyl, and adhesive.

Possible Projects:

  • Create stencils for screen-printed shirts
  • Create shapes and letters for signs
  • Create adhesive cut-outs that can be affixed to walls and surfaces

Tool Cabinet

The tool cabinet, donated to us by Snap On, came fully stocked with a variety of fabrication tools, including: screwdrivers, wrenches, sockets, engravers, hammers, heat guns, drills, and saws.

Possible Projects:

  • Create products out of a variety of materials

Button Maker

The button maker allows students to create buttons and magnets.

Possible Projects:

  • Students can make buttons or magnets

Other Resources Include:

  • Sewing Machines
  • Sphero robots
  • Little Bits – electronic kits
  • Arduino kits
  • SparkFun circuit boards
  • Wacom tablets


More resources are coming soon!