Tools for Creating in the Octavia Lab

Call us at 213-228-7150 to reserve a computer, equipment, or studio.

DIY Memory Lab - preserving your digital memories

DIY Memory Lab

Scan your photos, documents, and transparencies. Audio/video analog-to-digital conversion.

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Adobe Creative Cloud

We have ten computers installed with Adobe Creative Cloud.

  • 5 PCs & 5 Macs available
  • Bring your own hard drive
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Wacom Tablets

For your design editing needs, you can borrow a Wacom tablet.

  • 5 tablets available

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Laser Cutter

Carve and etch items 16" x 12" x 1/4" using your own materials: natural wood, cardboard, cardstock, acrylic, grip tape, sand paper, denim, and fabrics.

  • CorelDraw can accept image files in in DXF compatible with AutoCAD version 2011 or earlier, DWG compatible with AutoCAD version 2011 or earlier, CDR (CorelDRAW), AI (Adobe Illustrator), EPS (Adobe Illustrator), SVG, PDF
  • Bring your files via the cloud or your own hard drive
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3D Printer

Print on our 3D printer. You will need to be present to start the 3D print job. Maximum size: 11.6" L x 7.6" W x 6.5" H.

  • File format: .stl
  • File must not exceed 50MB
  • Bring your own hard drive
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HP Sprout 3D Scanner

Make digital versions of physical objects smaller than 8" x 8" x 8". Additional gaming and creative features.

  • Bring your own hard drive

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CNC Mill

Carve items smaller than 5.5" x 4.5" x 1.35". Check lab for approved materials.

  • Software: Solidworks. File formats: .svg, .nc, .tap, .gcode
  • Mill can work with the following: FR-1 printed circuit board blanks, machining wax, linoleum, machinable foam, ABS, acrylic, brass (for engraving), aluminum (for engraving), silver (for engraving)
  • Bring your files via the cloud or your own hard drive
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Silhouette Cutting Tool

Cut your own artwork, logo, and design on paper, vinyl stickers, heat-transfer tape, and cardstock. Maximum size 12" x 12".

  • Software: Silhouette Studio. File formats: .studio (native), .dxf, .png, .jpg, .bmp, .gif, .tiff, .pdf
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Roland Vinyl Cutter

Cut your own vinyl stickers and heat-transfer tape. Size limits: width 15", material length 43 1/4", cut area length 39 5/16".

  • Software: CutStudio. File formats: .ai, .eps, .stx, .bmp, .jpg
  • Bring your own hard drive

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Epson Large Format Printer

Print your own posters and photos. Maximum width is 36".

  • File formats: .tiff, .jpg, .pdf, .png
  • Maximum width: 35 inches
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Sewing Machines

We have two heavy duty Singer sewing machines and three Brother multi-stitch sewing machines.

  • Bring your own fabric, thread, and other supplies
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Work with knit fabric and give a finished touch to your fabric creations.

  • Bring your own fabric
  • Bring four spools of thread of the same thickness and color

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Computerized Embroidery Machine

Embroider jackets, napkins, hats, etc. Maximum size is 5" x7".

  • Bring your own materials and thread
  • Software: SewArt. File formats: .jpg, .png, .svg
  • Bring your flash drive if you want to design your own artwork using SewArt
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HTC Vive - VR

Experience Virtual Reality and see the forefront of immersive technology.

  • An additional signed waiver is required
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Green Screen Backdrop / Buff Screen Backdrop

Take photos or videos with our backdrops. Bookable when there is not a workshop or a class.

  • You can borrow our iPad and tripod or bring your own camera and equipment
  • You'll have to work with ambient noise

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Lighting Equipment

For your inside-the-lab photo needs, you can borrow our lighting equipment.

  • For in-house use only
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Final Cut Pro

Come edit your short movie with iMovie, Final Cut Pro, or Adobe Premiere.

  • Bring your own hard drive
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Logic Pro

Record using Garageband or Adobe Audition. Edit your sound recording using Garageband, Adobe Audition, or Logic Pro.

  • Bring your own hard drive
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For your inside-the-lab recording needs, you can borrow our microphones.

  • For in-house use only