Supplyframe Design Lab

Supplyframe has opened a Design + Technology center in Pasadena, CA!

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We've started a place to build awesome, ambitious projects in Pasadena!

The Lab exists for a number of reasons, we're hackers, designers and builders and we love to build stuff. The area also has a good concentration of engineers and artists from Caltech, JPL and Art Center.

So: enter the Supplyframe Design Lab! We invite teams of engineers, designers, hackers, makers and tinkerers to come build the project they have a burning passion to create. The invitation takes the form of a four month long residency where you and your team have exclusive access to all the facilities of the lab to turn concept into reality.

Current Residency Period: March 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017

Applications for the next residency period will be due by June 30, 2017.

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  • Local Info - Parking & Public Transport

    Jasmine Brackett05/24/2016 at 22:44 0 comments

    There is a little on-street parking nearby, but your best bet is to park in one of the parking structures that serves the Metro Station or Old Town Pasadena.

    View a Google map showing the Design Lab location and parking.

    All locations are open 24/7, and the rates are:
    First 90 minutes free, $2/hour, $6 daily max, $5 flat rate after 10pm

    Del Mar Station Parking Structure

    (2 min walk)

    198 South Raymond Avenue.


    Schoolhouse Park & Walk Structure

    (7 min walk)

    33 East Green Street.


    De Lacey Park & Walk Structure

    (10 min walk)

    45 South De Lacey Avenue.

    (626) 577-8963

    Public Transport

    Using the Metro Goldline trains is quick and easy. It takes about 20 mins from Union Station in downtown LA to Del Mar Station, which is less than 2 minutes walk from our front door. Trains run about every 10 mins during the day, and 20 mins at night from 11pm-2am.

    There are also buses that serve Old Town Pasadena. The nearest intersection is FAIR OAKS/DEL MAR BLVD, PASADENA, CA 91105. You can find timetables or use the Metro Trip Planner at

  • Nasa SpaceApps Event

    mguilfoil03/28/2016 at 17:30 0 comments

  • Jan update

    Jasmine Brackett02/02/2016 at 22:46 0 comments

    Tools are being installed and the furniture is starting to arrive.

  • Sneak peek Meetup at the Supplyframe Design Lab

    Jasmine Brackett01/12/2016 at 20:27 1 comment

    Come to a pre-launch meetup at the Design Lab Thursday 21 Jan.

    More info & RSVP at Hackaday LA Meetup!

  • December Update

    Tom Mix12/11/2015 at 22:19 0 comments

    We are getting close!

  • Framing & Drywalling Complete, Now Electrical

    technolomaniac10/07/2015 at 22:28 0 comments

    These are the latest images from the Supplyframe Design Lab. There has been a long road to this point, but the major construction in almost completed. We have outfitted the space with a massive new power budget to run big equipment like a large format CNC (ShopBot) and as you can see in the images, this requires quite a bit of new conduit and all new electrical panels. At this point, we have overhead for anything we might want to add now or anytime in the future! Checkout the latest images below!

    Entry Way

    Entry Way (opp wall)...that's the conf area and laser cutting room floating in the middle there.

    Laser Cutting and Conf rooms respectively


    More power!!

    Main Workshop (CNC) area

    Presentation and Public-Events Space

    Kitchen area looking out towards bathrooms and floating room (ok, that doesn't look like a kitchen, but it will)

  • Innovate Pasadena's article about the Design Lab

    Jasmine Brackett08/19/2015 at 23:27 1 comment

    Michelle Garrett from Innovate Pasadena speaks with Supplyframe's CEO Steve Flagg (@FLAGG).

    Read the full post, and see some more renders of the designed space here:

  • Empty, but now what?

    technolomaniac08/04/2015 at 19:07 1 comment

    Love the look of being lost in a big empty space about to be kitted out. The space is rocking and construction is happening every day! Going to be amazing!

  • Breaking a few eggs - demo work begins...

    technolomaniac08/04/2015 at 19:03 0 comments

    So over the last week or so we *finally* began construction to build out the new Supplyframe Design Lab in Pasadena! Woo hoo!! Below are some pics that show the early demo work. Clearly we had to break a few eggs to make room for awesome.

  • Almost there...

    Ben Delarre03/25/2015 at 21:23 0 comments

    So the City of Pasadena has given us some feedback, we have a few things to fix for disability access, and we discovered we needed to change the size of the rapid prototyping room to accommodate the laser cutters. However this is now almost finished so we'll be able to resubmit, get final approval and get building started!

    Hopefully we'll have some more impressive pics to post soon as construction begins and we start moving in the big machinery!

    Wish us luck.

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ZaidPirwani wrote 01/22/2018 at 04:57 point

if I want to do a visit, what would be the best day / time ? - in March 2018

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Erin RobotGrrl wrote 11/08/2016 at 06:32 point

Looks like "hand-cranked mechanical rotary pencil sharpener" is missing from the components list, as well as "red wall mounted cable telephone"

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Vije Miller wrote 03/28/2016 at 17:27 point

This place is starting to look more Hackerpalace than -space. Figures I would be leaving CA by the time you cut the ribbon. I assume the toilets will compliment you when you are done, using an Arduino of course.

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Commotion Theory wrote 03/23/2015 at 20:50 point

This makes me so damn happy. Slap me in the face with a PM if you need help or when you have the grand opening. ( twitter: @commotiontheory )

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InFrance wrote 02/11/2015 at 18:02 point

Today i subscribe here in Hackable and you got my 1st Skull. I gave you your 100th Skull ! 

Is it a lucky sign?

Good luck for your project its a rich idea. I hope here, in Paris - France, i could find some people to help me to copy your project. Its a dream.


see u

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Ben Delarre wrote 02/11/2015 at 18:05 point

Good luck! Check out the hackerspaces in Paris

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InFrance wrote 02/11/2015 at 18:12 point

Thanks! I know this place in Paris. But i never visit her (do you understand if i say procrastination?). There is lots of opportunities for that places in France. We're just discovering the DIY you know... 

1 day we'll have web site in french perhaps???

see u

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Ben Holmes wrote 01/20/2015 at 20:34 point

Looking forward to everything. I will love it when it gets done just to have space and tools closer to home.

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Victor Frost wrote 09/07/2014 at 06:40 point
Have you guys thought about making a small video space so people can make nice looking videos showing off their projects? Take a corner of the space, hang some rail lighting, a black plywood backdrop?

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Ben Delarre wrote 09/16/2014 at 15:50 point
Yes, we're also thinking about a light box for shooting good photos as well. I also have some secret plans for helping users document their builds as well, but we'll have to wait and see on that!

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LordPharaoh wrote 08/06/2014 at 09:37 point
I live near there, so this would be really awesome for me, but it really seems geared toward electronics hacking. Have you considered adding hand tools to the list? At least a few Dremel tools. Also, I'm assuming you mean to have more clamps and vices than you think you could ever possibly need but thought that would be obvious enough not to put on the parts list.

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Ben Delarre wrote 09/16/2014 at 15:51 point
Yeah we are definitely planning hand tools, there'll be some basic dremels and other hand power tools, as well as more traditional tools too.

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Jonicus wrote 07/26/2014 at 06:48 point
Hi Ben Delarre. Is there any way I could contact you? I have some things I would like to donate.

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Ben Delarre wrote 09/16/2014 at 15:52 point
You can reach me on bdelarre(at) any time, but we're not taking any donations yet until we finish the initial build out.

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Ben Holmes wrote 05/28/2014 at 18:44 point
I would suggest a few wooden and inexpensive plastic work tables for people to stand/sit around. The wooden tables would be a good project for new members to show their skills on. A few inexpensive folding chairs would also be good. Assembling projects on the floor always seems to end with slivers in my knees.

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Christopher Elledge wrote 05/26/2014 at 00:36 point
I am a student at Los Angeles Valley College, and have access to a large scale cmc cutter and many other tools. This may be useful if you guys want to mass produce some open source furniture and tables to help you get started. Send me an email at, and I would love to get involved and help make this happen!

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Christopher Elledge wrote 05/26/2014 at 00:37 point

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Jamie Krasnoo wrote 04/13/2014 at 18:49 point
The Weller WESD51 is a great choice if you're willing to spend the money. I don't think it's overkill to stock with a high quality soldering station that is expected to last a long time. Going with a known brand is smart.

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Major Tom wrote 04/13/2014 at 19:06 point
I agree, I used to have one and loved it. Sadly I left it in the UK when I moved out to the US so I've been living with a terrible chinese no-name one for now.

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zakqwy wrote 05/03/2014 at 14:31 point
I've got the WES51 (non-digital version) and I'm quite happy with it. Finding tips is a bit confusing as there are many different Weller irons out there and their documentation isn't the best. Remember, Weller was bought by the Apex Tool Group (useful for Digi-Key parts sorting), and for the WES51 and WESD51 you'll want the ET series.

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Benchoff wrote 04/10/2014 at 19:25 point
Here's something that I'd like to be at the top of the project list when we get up and running:

I've etched copper boards, and electroetched big pieces of brass. I would have killed for this machine at the time.

Sarah has some plastics connection, right?

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Sarah Wittman wrote 04/14/2014 at 17:03 point
Sheet plastics. Not the PVC tubing or anything. Still cool, though!

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Sarah Wittman wrote 03/17/2014 at 20:04 point
I'd love to be able to vacuum form stuff. Building a vacuum former will probably be one of my first projects at the space, anyway.

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Ben Delarre wrote 03/17/2014 at 20:06 point
I liked the look of that rotocaster that Brian found at the Midwest Reprap Festival this weekend...

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Mike Szczys wrote 03/24/2014 at 21:50 point
Yes the rotacaster is awesome. But you can't discount the value of a vacuum forming machine.

From what I've seen with DIY versions the issue is consistent heating across the entire material being formed. If one portion is hotter than the rest it will stretch more easily and you'll have thin places or holes. The actual vacuum bed itself is relatively simple to build.

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ClobberinCow wrote 03/13/2014 at 17:51 point
This looks like an incredible project, makes me wish I lived in the Pasadena area still! A few items of equipment I might suggest is a dremel tool, router table, and a belt/wheel sander. Cuz, let's be honest, things rarely fit the 1st time... =P

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Ben Delarre wrote 03/13/2014 at 17:52 point
Great suggestions! A belt/wheel sander is easily overlooked but oh so useful.

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FLAGG wrote 03/11/2014 at 15:21 point
Some cool info here on Georgia Tech's Invention Lab wiki:

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Ben Delarre wrote 03/13/2014 at 17:52 point
If we can get even half the equipment these guys have I think we'll be doing very well.

Anyone want to gift us an Objet printer, and a waterjet cutter? :-)

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arvz wrote 03/08/2014 at 21:30 point
I think LA Robotics may have a space. I go to events hosted by them when I'm in LA. When I'm in SF there's a few spots I really like: Noisebridge, Ace Monster Toys and TechShopSF. Great spaces to scope out for ideas.

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Benchoff wrote 03/07/2014 at 05:12 point
You're looking for 230V / 3 phase power, right? I've been cruizing the LA craigslist, and there's some *pretty* cool lathes and mills out there for the taking...

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Ben Delarre wrote 03/07/2014 at 20:03 point
Yeah we've got 3 phase power in the new building, negotiating the contract now. Totally post over some links of any equipment you find - that's the next big hurdle for us to figure out. What are the essential tools?

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arko wrote 03/03/2014 at 06:06 point
Can't wait!

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arko wrote 03/03/2014 at 06:15 point
I live in Pasadena and work at JPL so it'd be easy to swing by :)

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Ben Delarre wrote 03/13/2014 at 17:53 point
Hey arko, thats great. I hope you'll be at our first events when we're ready to open!

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