Innovation Lab

Innovation Lab: 21st-Century Creativity

The Saint Xavier Innovation Lab provides students with over 2,000 square feet of creative working space. The lab places students at the center of their learning by providing real-world, hands-on opportunities that foster creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Students can utilize the space during classes as well as before and after school. Every day, students and teachers alike are finding new and creative ways to make use of this exciting learning center.  

Where Creativity and Technology Meet

The Innovation Lab offers many different opportunities for students to learn through exploration. Students can design and fabricate objects using our six 3D printers. A digital vinyl cutter allows students to bring graphic design concepts to life, and a large matte board cutter is available for professional-quality mounting of digital artwork. Our sublimation printer allows students to create custom products such as coffee mugs and t-shirts. Adjacent computer rooms provide access to Macs, PCs, and drafting tables with built-in CAD computers, while a full complement of VEX robotics materials allows students to create and program robots to solve a variety of problems. Meeting space is also available for student collaboration and for teachers to bring classes to the lab.

Work Room

Last year, the Innovation Lab received a welcome upgrade as an adjacent classroom was converted into a 21st-century workshop. While the workshop contains standard power tools and hand tools, students also have access to two state-of-the-art laser cutters, two CNC routers, soldering irons, and more. Additionally, the nearby CAD lab is perfectly situated for students to turn their digital designs into physical prototypes. Our new workshop truly allows students to explore their creative sides like never before!


List of Innovation Lab Capabilities


Full Spectrum 36”x24” 90W laser

Full Spectrum 20”x12” 20W laser

X-Carve 36”x 36” CNC router

Carvey 12”x 8” CNC router

Makerbot Replicator 3D printers (5)

FlashForge 3D printer/dual extruder (1)

3D Printing Pen

Digital Vinyl Cutter

Matte cutters

Sawgrass SG1000 sublimation printer

Coffee mug heat press

Clamshell heat press

PIM-SHOOTER Plastic Injection Molder

Sewing machines (2)

KELVIN Bridge Testing Machine (up to 300 lbs)

Pitsco Dual-Lane Race Timer (for drag racers)


Band saw

Miter saw

4” mini table saws (2)

Drill press

Dremel rotary tools (16)

Soldering irons

Heat gun

Power drills

Full assortment of hand tools


24 VEX Clawbots and 4 VEX Competition Robots

VEX Robotics Competition Field

23” NAO programmable humanoid robot

24 Macs

24 PCs

20 dedicated CAD/mech. drawing stations

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe InDesign

Autodesk AutoCAD

Autodesk Fusion 360

Autodesk Meshmixer

Autodesk TinkerCAD

Microsoft Office 2016 Professional



Bridge Design Software

Whitebox Learning  

Makerbot Print