Welcome to the Viterbi School’s new design and fabrication lab for undergraduate students, the Fab Lab.

Here, students can create hobby related projects, scale models such as experimental wingtips, and precision components for capstone assignments.

The lab is intended to provide students with many of the resources they need to make almost any design project a physical reality, and will hopefully evolve to support multidisciplinary student projects that uniquely engage the Los Angeles community.

Policies & Guidelines

General Use:
  • Students must check in and have their project reviewed and approved by the Fab Lab Manager/student technician prior to using any equipment.
  • Students will check into the facility by using their USC ID prior to utilizing equipment. USC ID’s will be scanned for tracking and monitoring purposes.
  • Due to the size of the lab space and expense related to maintaining the equipment, students will not be permitted in the lab unless they are working on a project.
  • Students will be expected to follow all safety standards outlined and take safety precautions seriously.
  • Students will need to check with the lab staff before utilizing any tools or equipment to insure they are familiar with operating procedures and guidelines.
  • Safety glasses are to be worn at all times when any piece of equipment is operating.
  • Use of dust masks will be required when using some materials. Students will be advised before use.
  • For safety reasons, before operating any powered hand tools, remove rings, watches, bracelets. Long sleeve shirts, shorts or sandals cannot be worn while working on projects in the lab. Additionally, students will need to tie back any long hair before operating equipment.
  • It is expected that the Fab Lab will be used by many students, therefore, all students using the facility will be expected to take responsibility for maintaining a clean and safe work environment. As students finish a project and leave the lab, they are expected to clean the machines used and the work area, so that the facility is in good working order for the next student utilizing the equipment and space.
  • Students are expected to take all supplies and projects they are working on with them when they leave the lab. There is limited space to store projects that are in progress and prior arrangements must be made prior to storing projects/materials. If previous arrangements have not been made with laboratory staff, all materials related to the project must therefore be removed when the student leaves for the day.
Students not meeting any of the above expectations and requirements will be prohibited from further utilizing the facility.

RRB, Room 114 (which is on the north side of the Rapp Engineering Research Building)

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday: 9 AM – 5 PM

  • 3-D printers
  • 3-axis CNC milling machine
  • Hardinge Toolroom Lathe
  • Universal Laser Systems cutter/engraver
  • vertical band saw
  • horizontal band saw
  • drill press
  • belt sander
  • common hand tools

E. Daniel Cordova
Email: ernestco@usc.edu
Phone: 213-821-3056