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FYS Genesis Lab

Welcome to the Genesis Lab

glass wall looking into Genesis Lab makerspace

What is the Genesis Lab?

Located on the second floor of Payson Library, the Genesis Lab is home to a number of high-tech and low-tech making resources. Our offerings include 3D printing, virtual reality, 360 cameras, a Cricut Maker, a heat press, and gaming PCs. We offer access to modeling and design software such as Unity, Blender, and select Autodesk CAD applications. We also provide support for Adobe Creative Cloud applications, which are hosted on computers in the Academic Center for Excellence.

Our space is a collaborative community designed for individuals across campus to work, learn, create, and make together. We offer opportunities for engagement through class visits, course project integrations, research support, personal projects, and public events.

We currently host the Pepperdine Esports teams for their practices and competitions. You can learn more about the Esports program by visiting their webpage. 

Get in Touch

Stop by and visit us in the lab (Payson 338). We are also happy to virtually answer questions, provide support, or brainstorm ideas. Do not hesitate to contact us by emailing

Maker Space Tools


Cricut Maker machine with lid open. White board with blue text in the background.

The Genesis Lab has a Cricut Maker smart cutting machine and heat press available for student use. We provide black and white heat transfer vinyl and an assortment of sticker vinyl. For more information please contact us.

How-To Guides

3D models can add to a final project or presentation. 3D models help to convey details that are difficult to understand in 2D. An array of 3D modelling software is available for free online, and the Genesis Lab staff are available to advise on the best modeling software for a project, teach the basics of these programs, and answer any technical questions. 

Check out more 3D modeling resources here.


GitHub is a reliable and ubiquitous platform for storing any kind of software and collaborating with other people digitally. To get started, check out their Hello World tutorial.  For further information, check out their entire catalog of tutorials.

There are many ways to use GitHub, and the full range of commands/actions is extremely large and therefore not worth learning preemptively. Because of the ubiquity of GitHub, rest assured that someone has run into a problem identical to (or at least very similar to yours)! If you
run into any problems or an unfamiliar situation, best practice is to Google your issue.

Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow houses a community of software engineers (and regular users!) who use GitHub and various programming languages on a frequent basis. It is a great resource if you run into any roadblocks. Why reinvent the wheel?

Stack Overflow contains a built-in forum where people can vote and comment on the validity of the answer, so you can easily see what answers are worth your time. If you really can’t find an answer to your question, make a post on the site yourself — it is active enough to make a response within a few hours.


Unity is a widely used game development platform. It is geared towards building video games, both for traditional platforms and Virtual Reality.  However it can be harnessed to build almost any VR environment or manipulated to build a wide variety of 2D applications. Unity is free to download and use for students and all non-commercial projects.

Please note Unity performance and rendering may struggle on many laptops, especially when working with VR assets and environments.

Download Unity here.


Unreal Engine is a widely used game development platform. It can harness the full potential of 3D assets and Virtual Reality environments. It is free to download and use with a creators license. 

Download UE4 here.