Category:Media Lab

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Zone Information
Zone Name Media Lab
Status Active
Zone Slogan Make the dream.
Zone Coordinator(s) Jeff Pynnonen
Zone Slack #media_zone
Zone E-mail

Zone Color Chartreuse
Paypal Button Pay money to Media Lab


The media lab is a place where members have access to a powerful PC with the software needed to create, including the Adobe CS5 Master Collection and Inkscape. With these tools members can manipulate photos, make illustrations, edit video, and audio.

Table of Equipment

Equipment Authorization Owner(s) Status
Sony Alpha ILCE-6000 Camera No Unknown Running
Raspberry Pi Model 4 B 4GB No i3Detroit - Media Zone Running
Raspberry Pi 5 No Jeff Pynnonen Running
Media Lab Lights No i3Detroit Running
M-Audio Speakers No Robert Burns Running
Trendnet 8-Port Gigabit Switch No Jeff Pynnonen Running
Scanner HP ScanJet 8270 No i3Detroit Running
Printer HP LaserJet 700 M712 No i3Detroit Running
Printer HP Color LaserJet 4650n No Roger Slykhouse Running
Printer HP Color LaserJet 4650dn No Roger Slykhouse Running
DesignJet t1100ps No i3Detroit Running
Akai MPK 249 Midi Keyboard No Beshoy Hanna Running
3D Scanner - Afinia ES360 No i3Detroit Running
Acer Nitro 50 Gaming Computer No i3Detroit Running
Kyocera 4551ci No i3 Detroit Down
EpsonStylusPro9800 No i3Detroit Down
Epson EcoTank 8550 Yes Jeff Pynnonen Down

Media Workstation

If the workstation is powered off or sleeping, press both the alien face button and the top button (both silver) at the same time.

Members can access the workstation by choosing the i3 Member user, then entering the password that is affixed on the top of a tower.

Note: Users also access the workstation via VPN. If you log in and it and it appears someone has been on, you may have just kicked them off. BE EXCELLENT: Wait a minute and see if they resume use. Otherwise close out any active programs and use normally. If you are still unsure, check the Media Lab channel on Slack.

Using Illustrator for the Laser Cutter

A few key pointers when preparing an Illustrator file for the Laser Cutter:

  • Ensure all of your objects are vector shapes (as opposed to raster images).
  • For etching, make sure you eliminate overlapping lines. They will throw off your etch.
  • If you traced a bitmap image into a vector image, try to eliminate as many unnecessary points and lines as possible.
  • When you save, uncheck the Compression box.
  • Save the document in the native .ai format