The Qualcomm Institute offers two specialized resources in systems prototyping to support researchers, as well as student groups.

The Prototyping Facility is a set of labs that act as a dedicated design consulting service on campus. Its goal is to help researchers in designing and building physical prototypes of a wide variety of systems. The facility employs professional staff consisting of electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, software designers, as well as trained student interns. They can build a design for you, or work in collaboration with you or your students. The space includes work benches, tools, machining and measurement equipment, and a shared lab environment that encourages system building, experimentation and tinkering. Current and past clients include PIs from across the internal (UC San Diego) community as well as external clients, including industry collaborators, startup companies and tenants in the QI Innovation Space incubator.

The Prototyping Facility’s resources include:

  • Mechanical, electrical, software design and prototyping services, with staff engineers providing specialized design services on recharge;
  • Student interns trained in prototyping;
  • Access to machining and prototyping equipment, including design software for electrical and mechanical systems (PCB design, 3D-CAD, etc.), soldering stations, hand tools, and 3D printers, as well as a dedicated machine shop with a CNC mill, gantry router, laser cutter, and saws.
  • Workbench space is available for users to work on their prototyping projects in collaboration with staff of the Prototyping Facility.
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The Design Studio offers a creative space open to educators, student groups, and people within the UC San Diego community who want to engage others in design and the exploration of embedded systems. It is currently available to formal or informal groups who seek an environment that encourages creativity, tinkering and exploring the world of embedded systems. The Design Studio offers a basic shared work environment that must be reserved in advance for recurring events, such as hands-on seminars or workshops. Learn more about the studio’s operating hours, how to access and reserve the facility, and more at Studio Operation. This calendar shows when the studio has been reserved for specific events.

Charge: Currently free of charge to use Design Studio and work with available development boards, components and equipment. Facility invites donations to compensate for cost of consumables (solder, glue) or students are urged to bring own materials. Want to donate? Click here.
Manager / Contact: Jeff Sandubrae, QI Functional Area Manager | Email
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