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Introduction to the DigiLabs

Welcome to the DigiLabs! Come and have a play with the technology and embark on a digital learning journey! 

The DigiLabs are actively managed by the TasTAFE Libraries and were made possible through a grant from Skills Tasmania – Training and Work Pathways Program.
The Digilabs give you the chance to experience technology such as virtual reality, 3D printing, laser cutting and robots!

DigiLabs are located on the Alanvale, Burnie ,Devonport and Campbell Street TasTAFE campuses (Hours of operation subject to staffing). 

Our other campus Libraries also have some great technology to show you, j
ust bring your imagination!   

Contact your local DigiLab or library to make a booking.  

Equipment Introduction - VR

Experience virtual-reality environments, ponder the learning and practical uses this great new technology could offer or improve, explore the endless possibilities. 

Try a virtual reality tour that explores the insides of the human body. Paint, design and build in 3D- seeing and experiencing the 3rd dimension could change the way you think and design. Before you enter a real workshop, practice your Lathe Safety skills in a virtual world, or take a virtual reality meditation course, climb Everest or travel the world. Finally, learning is fun!  Try out Fruit Ninja or Fantastic Contraption to be guaranteed a good time. 

New content is being added all the time​

​​Check out the video below, as Bill Flowers explains how he and his students have been using virtual reality and 3D printing as part of the design process in the Devonport DigiLabs.  Bill is a TasTAFE Creative Industries teacher.

Equipment Introduction - Robotics

Meet our resident robots, Edison, BB8, Sprk+ and Ollie. Learn how easy it can be to use and program a robot. Start from the basics using premade programs and work up to designing your own program using various software. Not ready to take the plunge into programming? No problem, the robots in the DigiLabs are ready to 'roll' anytime using the auto drive feature: we recommend trying out some tricks and flips as well and jumping over ramps. But that's not all; you can also race our robots, control them by clapping, whistling or use a torch light and they will follow - there's nothing our robots can't do! 

All of the robots in the DigiLabs are programmable, the software used for each is outlined below.

Bring in your own device or use one of ours to program the robots in the DigiLabs.

Equipment Introduction - 3D printing

Bring your creative dreams to life by using a 3D printer. Learn to design objects in 3D then print prototypes on our MakerBot 3D printer (located in every DigiLab).  If you don't want to design your own objects or aren't ready to tackle the 3D learning curve but still want great designs, never fear; Thingiverse is the answer! 
Thingiverse is the world's largest 3D printing community for discovering, making and sharing 3D printable objects. Majority of the designs on Thingiverse are licensed under a Creative Commons license allowing anyone to use or alter the design! So if you spot something you like, you can print it in the DigiLabs. 

Please note that using the 3D printer(s) incurs a fee of $3 AUD per hour. 
Our 3D printers are Makerbot Replicator 5th & 6th Generations.
All files must follow the file types on the Makerbot website


Equipment Introduction - Other Technology (TEST)

We are always pleased to see what our students are doing with the technology found in our Digilabs, whether it is designing 3D games, building electronic gadgets, incredible displays, action videos, or fashion accessories. 

What will we be adding to our collection next?  It probably hasn't been invented yet, but when it is, we will teach you how to use it, and then watch while you create something amazing! 

A brand new Brother Scan N Cut machine is one of our latest editions, and it is already being used extensively by Fashion students, and Children's Services.  We also have Insta360 cameras, GoPro Hero 4s, and some great new Panasonic Lumix mirror-less cameras. Our Microsoft Surface Pro and iPad Pro, both with pencils, have your creative needs covered - we can offer the Adobe Suite for your editing. 

The equipment available varies between DigiLabs, please check with your local DigiLab if you wish to use a particular piece of technology.


Video 4 - Introducing the Edison

Video 7 - Introducing Ollie by Sphero

Video 1 - Viveport your journey begins