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Digital Media Lab 

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Geisel Library's Digital Media Lab (DML) is open to all UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students, providing a space for media creation and editing. It is located in the Geisel East Commons, on the 2nd floor. Specific capabilities include free 3D printing, video editing (e.g., Final Cut, iMovie, Camtasia), image manipulation (e.g., Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects), sound editing (e.g., Adobe Audition, Garageband), media-rich website creation (e.g., Dreamweaver, Flash, Filezilla), and basic productivity (e.g., MS Office, web browsers, Adobe Acrobat Pro). The DML is now offering support for app development, with Unity, Android Studio, and Steam enabled on all Windows workstations.

To see examples of what can be done in the DML view our YouTube channel.

Regular Hours

The DML is closed due to caqmpus policy regarding COVD-19 policy. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.



3D printers, VR headsets, and workstations can be reserved for 3 hours per day through the Library's room reservation system. 3D printer users should plan to show up 10 minutes early to consult with staff to maximize their print times.

Equipment & Software

The DML three Prusa i3 MK3 3D printers, two HTC Vive VR Headsets, two Oculus Rift Headsets, two Wacom Cintiq tablets, along with 5k iMacs and VR ready Windows PCs. Select 5K iMacs are equipped with high-end scanners that allow scanning 35mm negatives and slides. All equipment is free and open to all UC San Diego affiliates, all 3D printing supplies are provided.

Consulting & Workshops

Our staff is highly skilled across a broad range of media and computing topics. For in depth, one-on-one help designing, creating, or troubleshooting media projects, UC San Diego affiliates may schedule a consulting session by emailing

We've performed hundreds of personal consultations on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Replicating a Mayan artifact from dig site photos
  • Scanning and replicating small sculptures
  • Creating short animations to illustrate chemical processes
  • Custom endoscope tips
  • Custom microscope fittings and other lab equipment
  • 3D sonograms
  • 3D printing infant heart models from MRI data
  • 3D printing heart models from CT scan data
  • Depth mapping prison wall texture from photos
  • Video abstract for an online journal
  • Printing protein structures from online databases


In support of the University's mission of teaching and research, the Digital Media Lab (DML) provides computing and multimedia resources to the University community. Access to the DML is a privilege conditioned upon compliance with the current Acceptable Use Policies.

DML users are liable for any and all activities they conduct while in the facility. DML users are expected to understand and comply with all federal and state laws, as well as University and Library regulations and policies.

Examples of misuse of this facility include, but are not limited to:

  • Violation of applicable federal or state laws and campus regulations, including but not limited to the transmission of threats, harassment, defamation, obscenity, and pornography; theft of or unauthorized access or use of University resources.
  • Copyright infringement. Be aware that reproduction or distribution of copyrighted works, including, but not limited to, images, text, or software, without permission of the owner is an infringement of U.S. Copyright Law and is subject to civil damages and/or criminal penalties including fines and imprisonment.
  • Storing or processing sensitive data on DML computers, except by explicit agreement with the DML. Sensitive data includes any export-controlled technology, as well as collections of personally identifiable information (PII), healthcare records, human subject data, and certain types of student records.

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