Design and Build Lab (DABL)


The Design and Build Lab (DABL) at VRAC is where innovation takes shape

Nestled within the VRAC at Iowa State University, the Design and Build Lab (DABL) stands as a hub of innovation and collaboration, fostering cutting-edge research and pushing the boundaries of technology. DABL is not just a room; it’s a dynamic space where multiple faculty projects converge, enabling cross-disciplinary cooperation and providing a platform for sponsored VRAC research.

A Home for Diverse Projects:
DABL is a vibrant ecosystem of ideas and exploration. Within its walls, a multitude of faculty projects find a nurturing environment. From additive manufacturing research to autonomous navigation using AI, augmented reality-assisted manufacturing, and high-fidelity digital twin research, DABL is the birthplace of pioneering innovations that have the potential to reshape industries and drive technological advancements.

Collaboration Central:
DABL thrives on collaboration. Its open and adaptable layout encourages faculty, researchers, and students to exchange ideas, share resources, and collectively tackle complex challenges. This collaborative spirit fosters an environment where creativity knows no bounds, leading to breakthroughs in VRAC’s research initiatives.

Supporting Sponsored Research:
DABL serves as the epicenter of sponsored research at VRAC. With its state-of-the-art facilities and expert support staff, it provides an ideal setting for sponsored projects to flourish. Whether it’s partnering with industry leaders or governmental agencies, DABL is the place where research dreams become reality.

Access to Cutting-Edge Technology:
One of DABL’s key features is its accessibility to high-end hardware and equipment. Faculty and students can check out head-mounted displays (HMDs) to support their project research. This access to top-tier technology empowers researchers to explore and innovate without limitations.

A Toolbox of Resources:
DABL is well-equipped to support a diverse range of projects. It features a soldering station and tool bench for hardware development, light tables for precision work, and 3D printers for rapid prototyping. The room even boasts high-voltage connections and mount points for overhead accessories, catering to a wide spectrum of research needs.

In essence, DABL at VRAC is where innovation takes shape. It’s a dynamic space that embodies VRAC’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology and knowledge. As additive manufacturing, AI-driven autonomous navigation, augmented reality-assisted manufacturing, and digital twin research flourish within its walls, DABL continues to be a beacon of inspiration and collaboration. In a world where innovation is the key to progress, DABL stands as a testament to the transformative power of dedicated spaces that enable researchers to dream, create, and achieve the extraordinary.