About the SparkLab

The SparkLab is a small standalone makerspace environment that carries on the evolution of Kent State's "Spark Innovation Studio." Founded by Ken Burhanna (Dean of University Libraries and DI TEAM founding member), the Spark Innovation Studio was the first open makerspace resource on the Kent Campus that was intentionally available for all members of the Kent State University community and the City of Kent. Facilitated in partnership with Kent State’s LaunchNET team, the Spark Innovation Studio was first located in the Schwarz Building in what had been the School of Art’s glass blowing studios. Later, the facility was relocated to Lincoln Rd at the Northwest corner of campus.

The SparkLab will continue the identity of the Spark Innovation Studio as part of the Design Innovation Hub and is located directly adjacent to the Design Innovation Teaching Studio and open collaboration space on the 2nd floor of the South end of the DI HUB closest to the KSU Esplanade. The SparkLab will offer open access to a number of entry-level makerspace tools, as well as serve as the direct maker support space for the DI studio classroom.


To learn more about the existing Spark Innovation Studio before it transitions into the DI Hub visit the Library website.

Equipment, Features and Services

  • Flashforge Dreamer dual color FDM 3D printer
  • Form Labs Form 2 SLA 3D printer
  • US Cutter Titan 28" vinyl cutter
  • Full Spectrum P-Series 20x12" CO2 laser cutter
  • DTG Viper 2 garment printer
  • Inventables X-Carve CNC router