Innovation Lab

Explore ideas and creativity using the latest technologies

The Innovation Lab’s aim is to enable the community to see, share, touch and play with cool technology in a welcoming and inclusive space.

Amazing experience. It's a good chance to taste some very high-end technology. – Innovation Lab participant

Innovative experiences

Located in the Adelaide City Library, the Innovation Lab regularly hosts a variety of events, workshops, and training, all designed to explore ideas and creativity with new technology.

We’ve worked in collaboration with artists, local entrepreneurs and leading researchers to provide innovative programs and events to the whole community. Come experiment and explore the latest advancements in research and cutting-edge technologies including 3D printers, robotics, virtual reality and volumetric displays.

The Innovation Lab team support thousands of people invent, create and discover. They can even help you walk on the moon!

Which of these innovative experiences will you try first?

Through Virtual Reality (VR) you can go a mind-blowing journey without even leaving the library!

Learn the way Virtual Reality can be applied to real life through use of our HTC Vive and discover the wonders of this great new technology. You’ll be visually, and physically amazed. Choose from set discovery sessions, with new and exciting experiences added regularly. For a full experience book a ‘Get Interactive’ session or head along to a Drop-in and Try session.

Please note: terms and conditions apply to use of the VR equipment. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

 Book a Virtual Reality session

Explore the exciting world of robotics with Ollie, Meccanoid or Mindstorm. Using the latest iPad apps, drive and race Ollie through a maze you’ve made, or perform a crazy trick combo! See how you can code Lego to solve a Rubicks Cube or meet our dino Meccanoid robot.

Book a robotics session

The Innovation Lab has a range of 3D Printers and 3D Pens to help you create and design your own 3D artwork. You can book a Maker Sessions and Drop-in sessions are available.

Maker Sessions are private, hands-on training sessions, facilitated by an Innovation Lab volunteer, for you and up to four of your friends, colleagues or family members on the one booking.

These 1.5-hour sessions are aimed at those wanting to get hands-on with 3D printing, modelling, scanning, or 3Doodler pens. With the help of a facilitator, you’ll be able to print your own 3D model, create a work of art with a 3D pen (for ages 8+) or design your own 3D object.

Equipment used during 3D Printing Sessions includes:

  • Makerbot Replicator 5th Generation
  • Da Vinci Colour 3D Printer
  • Me2 3D Printer
  • Start, Create and Pro 3Doodler 3D pens (Minimum age 8+) Visit 3Doodler to see a demo.

Please note the following requirements:

  • You may bring your own 3D model file to print on a USB. STL file format is preferred but any python based coded file should also be compatible
  • Alternatively, you can design something or select an existing model to print during the session
  • Print sizes are limited by the session time available. As a guide, a 1.5-hour session enables you to print a high quality 4cm squared object

Book a Maker session

Do you have questions about the Innovation Lab or 3D printers or want to see a demonstration?

Come to a 3D Printing Drop-in session where you can talk to our volunteers, ask questions and book into future sessions.

View all drop-in sessions

Cancellations and feedback

If you need to cancel your booked session, please give 24 hours’ notice in consideration for our volunteers and to open the session to other customers.

If you have any feedback about the sessions or any projects to discuss we’d love to hear from you.

Volunteering

We also welcome registrations of interest from volunteers. As an Innovation Lab Volunteer, you will run Virtual Reality, 3D Printing and Discover Robotics sessions with members of the public. Please see the City of Adelaide volunteers section for more information.

Need more information?

If you have any questions or feedback, need to cancel a booking, please contact the Adelaide City Libraries:

08 8203 7990

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