About The MIX LAB
The MIX Lab launched in the fall of 2015. The genesis of the program to support the entrepreneurship startup teams enrolled in the Feliciano Center for the Entrepreneurship certificate program.
Since, the MIX Lab, co-directed by Iain Kerr and Jason Frasca, has established themselves as thought leaders in Innovation, 3D Printing, Innovation Design, Design Thinking, Creativity, and Entrepreneurial Design, Digital Fabrication, Making and Fab Lab space design.
Below and throughout this website you will find resources, stories, articles, videos, academic papers and more all born out of the MIX Lab, by and from it's team of collaborators and contributors.
MIX Lab Space
In 2014 we began with one 3D Printer no one was using. Once we unlocked its potential and showed students what it could do, the lines behind it have never stopped. We keep trying to keep up with demand.
Fast forward to September 2018, the Mix Lab is entering it's 4th fall. We begin this semester with a redesigned space. Opening the doors with more storage for equipment, and space for class; the space doubles as a classroom and fab simultaneously. The walls look slick too. We are excited for the 2018-2019 academic year to just underway...
The MIX Lab space, is purpose designed with 60+ 3D Printers and digital fabrication machines, movable chairs, tables, cabinets and lecture space. Tours come and go throughout the day.
Teaching & Curriculum
We have developed a unique and transformative model of Innovation: The Innovation Design Framework which is the foundation of the curriculum for the unique 3 course certificate in Innovation and Digitally Mediated Making available through the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship. These courses in Innovation and 3D Printing also support the Minor and Concentration in Entrepreneurship in the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University.
Lectures, Workshops & Conferences
The Innovation Framework has been presented at lectures, workshops, keynote addresses and taught at other esteemed institutions across the United States and internationally: Japan to Beirut to Austria.
Further, the MIX Lab is considered a trusted source who move and inspire in the world of Innovation, netowrking and hardware for 3D Printers and other digital fabrication devices, and for the role of digi-fabriaction in Entrepreneurship programs. As thought leaders we have been asked to speak and lead workshops at numerous universities both nationally and internationally.
The MIX Lab co-hosted a mini-conference on The Future of 3D Innovation, 3D Printing Changes Everything, have participated in numerous conferences and are proudly developing the inaugural conference for Montclair Design Week 2018.
Partial list of conference presentations:
VentureWell 2018 - Austin, TX: Poster Session > Won "Best Overall" poster
VentureWell 2016 - Portland, OR: 3D Printing + Creativity Disrupts Entrepreneurship & Design
VentureWell 2015 - Washington, DC: Creativity Re-imagined: A hands-on deep dive
The MIX Lab team publishes academic papers to support their research in their area of focus: Innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
Below are the MIX Lab published papers you may find of interest:
- What Comes After Design Thinking
- Innovation Design - Develop The Genuinely Novel
- The Innovation Design Framework
The MIX Lab is an active member of the business community in Montclair, NJ and the New Jersey community at large. As co-developers of the Innovation Academy, the consulting arm of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, we have consulted on and taught innovation to businesses and institutes that are often blinded by day-to-day demands, impeding creativity and innovation.
In the 20th century, creativity and innovation were specialized needs but today, innovation has become a necessity for businesses to simply survive. As such, innovation design gives businesses and individuals the ability to create new possibilities and radically rethink old problems allowing for real change to emerge. By nurturing a lens of creativity, the Innovation Academy can help organizations find unexpected ways to approach problem-solving. Companies are often applying the innovation framework by stepping back for the first time to address big problems and finding outcomes far exceed imaginations.
We love collaborating on big problems, please reach out.
The MIX Lab is active in advising curriculum development on innovation and 3D Printing on the West Orange, NJ and Montclair NJ school systems.
The MIX Lab has fostered an active community of interest and practice around making, 3D Printing, design, innovation and creativity: We have developed a strong community for the Montclair State University and School of Business in the MIX Lab for students to congregate and collaborate around all forms of making including: digital fabrication, 3D Printing, ceramics, wood, metal, etc...
Our community is much bigger than the Montclair State University campus. Since the official grand opening ceremony of the Mix Lab February 18, 2016, the MIX Lab has averaged 1 tour per week. Tours range from local schools and partners in the surrounding community to pre-shools to high schools; Newark, to Montclair, West Orange to Bloomfield, Take Your Kids to Work day, Robotics teams, Weston Scholars, Kent Place in Summit, NJ and beyond.
We are dedicated to fostering student academic success at every level and rely on our student volunteer techs and mentors to help make it happen.
How Do You Want To Collaborate?
Do you have a design? An idea? A problem worth solving? Need help on taking it to the next level? Reach out - we are always excited to work on the next big thing.