Welcome to the

Visible Futures Lab


Currently at the VFL


We're looking for an amazing maker to join us!

We are looking for a maker with wood shop, electronics, and digital fabrication chops to join our amazing team as our new Prototyping Specialist.  Candidates should possess a deep portfolio of designed AND fabricated awesomeness.  Previous experience with teaching others in an official capacity is a plus.  

This position is part-time and will require working Thursday and Friday nights as well as weekends.  Benefits, having 24 hour access to the Lab, and working with an amazing team are all whipped cream and cherries on top!




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Artist in Resident Inhye Lee & Hyomin Kim

Inhye and Hyomin will be speaking at the Lab on 3/14 at 7pm about their past work and Residency proposal.  About the team: We are a team of interactive artist and space physicist who enthusiastically try to bring scientific topics and natural phenomena into the world of interactive media art.  Together, the team has exhibited their work at IEEE Vis Arts Conference, Governor's Island Art Fair, SOHO20 Gallery, and World Maker Faire.





1st Session Fall classes start 9/20/2018!     

The Visible Futures Lab hosts a variety of 6 week classes that teach students about the latest technologies and equipment.  Use 3D Printers, Laser Cutters, CNC machines, among others in conjunction with learning Physical Computing, Smart Textiles, 3D Modeling, Prototyping, and more! 

Classes start at just $300.00.             


Shop Safety




The Lab facilities include a full work shop, dust free Maker Space with Soft Lab, Spray Booth, and a state-of-the-art Digital Fabrication room.  A description of the equipment with accompanying tutorials can be found at the link below.

A Lab Access Request must be completed and approved by the VFL in order to gain access to the facilities. This will allow the staff to anticipate project requirements and allocate the Lab’s resources accordingly.


Sign up to take a  course at the VFL

The Visible Futures Lab offers a variety of classes in our state-of-the-art Digital Fabrication Maker Space. Classes are taught by our expert Staff, all of which are SVA Faculty - learn more about classes such as Physical Computing, 3D Modeling, 3D Printing, Digital and Hands-on prototyping, Soft Circuits and Fiber Arts, and Mechanical Toy Design! 


Artist in Residence

The Artist in Residence Program at the Visible Futures Lab is a paid 7 week exploration that provides creatives with studio space and full access to the Lab. During their time at the VFL, artists will research and develop projects that explore and expand the philosophy of purposeful and extensible art and design.

We are now accepting applications for our Spring 2018 January/February Residency and our 2018 March/April Residency.  Deadline for both residencies is 11:59pm October 15th 2017.


Material prices and equipment fees

Most tools and equipment at the Lab are free of charge to use for SVA Graduate Students and Staff, but there are a few services that do incur charges.  In addition to the electronic, physical computing, wood shop, and digital fabrication equipment that the Lab has, a host of materials are stocked for purchase by Lab users.  Explore the materials and equipment price list at the link below.    


Request Access & Equipment


Access Request Form

Graduate Students, Faculty, Staff, and Approved Alumni MUST fill out an access request form in order to use the facilities or consult with Lab Staff.

Please check our calendar HERE before requesting access.

Equipment Check out Form

Some equipment is available to check out from the Lab.  Please inquire with a staff member about tools that may be checked out.  All check-out requests must be approved by a staff member prior to filling out this form.

Lab Equipment & Tutorials

The Lab facilities include a full work shop, dust free Maker Space, Spray Booth, and a state of the art Digital Fabrication room.  A description of the equipment with accompanying tutorials can be found at the link below.