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Digital Media Lab (closed until 1/31/22)

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, 3D modelling (Blender, Maya, Inventor, Solidworks, Sketchup), photogrammetry software (Agisoft Pro/Standard and Reality Capture) video editing (Adobe Premiere), 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). 

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

Regular Hours and Reservations (closed until 1/31/22 due to UCSD COVID-19 Restrictions) 

The DML is open
Monday - Thursday 11am - 8pm
Friday 11am - 5:45pm
Closed Weekends

Reservations can be made at

Equipment & Software

The DML three Prusa i3 MK3 3D printers, Wacom drawing tablets, and Windows PCs.

An imaging station is equipped with an Epson v600 scanner supporting 35mm negatives and slides and a Dino-Lite USB microscope.

All equipment is free and open to all UC San Diego affiliates, all 3D printing supplies are provided. Access requires a current UCSD AD account.

As COVID restrictions continue, the DML is configured for single user support. Group study in this space is discouraged.

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 artifacts 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.

Food and drink are not allowed in this space. Masks must be worn at all times.

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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