Knowledge Lab


Located on the third floor of the Wilmeth Active Learning Center, the Knowledge Lab is a rapid prototyping space where the Purdue community can use a variety of materials, equipment, and software to experiment with the exploration and presentation of their ideas. Celebrating the Boilermaker spirit of imagination and innovation, the space offers low-stakes resources such as a vinyl cutter, sewing machines, Riso printer, a podcast booth, heat press, yarns, cardboard, fabrics, and more. It serves as a first stop in a pipeline of opportunities on campus to fully actualize an idea.

Hours and Location:

WALC 3007
340 Centennial Mall Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Summer hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | 9:30 AM–1:30 PM
Friday, Saturday, Sunday | Closed

Drop-ins welcome, no appointment necessary.

The Knowledge Lab will occasionally be closed for holidays and events. Please see Library Hours for the most up-to-date information.

  • Sewing machines
  • Button makers
  • Mug presses
  • Heat presses for t-shirts and bags
  • Design Thinking station with electronics, modeling clay, cardboard, and more
  • Textiles for knitting and crocheting
  • Classes and workshops

About Us:

Sarah Huber

Sarah Huber

Associate Professor of Library Science
Director of the Knowledge Lab

What most excites me about the space is the ways in which students and faculty will experiment with what we consider knowledge and scholarship. If a student is assigned a presentation to deliver content, maybe typically they would create a PPT. This could be an effective way to deliver the content, but maybe after the student has tried our Riso printer or tested the podcast booth, they choose to tell a story through a booklet or an audio recording where they incorporate interviews, maybe even use stop-motion photography with cardboard designs they’ve made. The possibilities are endless. I am ready to be amazed by the creations and conversations the space will spark across campus.

Nathan Wilkinson

Nathan Wilkinson

Graduate Assistant
MFA Studio Arts in Photography

As a Graduate Assistant for the Knowledge Lab, I offer artistic, conceptual, and technical support. I'm thrilled to be working in a creative space exploring the relationship between art/design and science, where experimentation and imagination can flourish. As a photographer and sculptor, I'm excited to help Boilermakers realize their creative projects, while thinking about how image and object convey meaning.


The Knowledge lab is committed to creating a space that is fully accessible to all. If you require accommodations or have difficulty in accessing any of the equipment, please contact and we will assist.

Contact Info:

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Associate Professor of Library Science and The Director of the Knowledge Lab: Sarah Huber, 765.494.9993,

If you are interested in collaborating on a class session or maker event in the Knowledge Lab, please contact Sarah Huber at