Housed in the FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts Miami Beach Urban Studios at 420 Lincoln Road, the CARTA Innovation Lab brings 3D printing technologies to new research in music, arts, design, theatre, and communication arts for the advancement of FIU students and faculty, our communities, and the world.

Growlight/Breakthrough Miami is a three-week summer camp held at the Miami Beach Urban Studios that focuses on design, art, technology, urbanism and public policy.  Thanks to the Knight Foundation, the Miami Foundation, Philanthropy Miami, Dell Computers, McNeel Miami, the City of Miami Beach, and to Prof. David Rifkind for his leadership and to all the students involved in making this new inroad opportunity into the creative economy available to students n our region. In the photograph on the left, CARTA Associate Dean for Students, David Rifkind sketches with students in the Soundscape Park outside the New World Symphony.  In the above right, FIU graduate students and FIU AIAS President Patricia Elso works with students on 3D modeling.  Bottom right, students working with a MakerBot 3D printer in FIU’s CARTA Innovation Lab at the Miami Beach Urban Studios.


The FIU family came out for the Grand Opening on 9/29/15.  From left to right: FIU President, Mark B. Rosenberg, Dean Ranu Jung, Marilys Nepomechie, Saif Ishoof, Raul Reis, Bobby Grillo, Angelique Grant, Tim Rodgers, John Stuart, Eric Goldemberg, Jacek Kolasinski, Orlando Garcia, Dean Brian Schriner, Jason Chandler, Provost Kenneth Furton, Nick Gelpi.


Scott F. Hall from University of Central Florida in a recent article on CNET playing a 3D printed didgeridoo, called a “hornucopian dronepipe” created at the CARTA Innovation Lab and designed by Architecture Professor Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg both founders of Monad Studio.


Charles Pikler, Principal Viola, Chicago Symphony takes one of Professor Eric Goldemberg’s Musical Instruments for a spin.


Members of the Human Sensation Project from the CARTA Innovation Lab, the FIU Adaptive Neural Systems Lab, The High Performance Database Research Center, the FIU VizLab, Venture Hive, Rokk3r Labs, and the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations joined forces to apply for a Microsoft HoloLens academic research grant to challenge the HoloLens and 3D printing technologies to invent musical instruments for veterans with commercial prostheses.  The project turns disabilities into unique abilities!

Success Stories

Meet FIU student, Matt Wasala, who just returned from the Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) Makeathon and was a member of the award-winning the “Carry Crutches” team, which 3D printed a spill-free beverage holder to be attached to crutches!


Michael Hall of Digital Grass Innovation and Technology is hosting the first annual Continuing Innovation Technology Entrepreneurship Education Summit 11/20-11/21/15 at the CARTA Innovation Lab!  Stay tuned!!

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An early video tour through the CARTA Innovation Lab just before classes began.

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And the Fall 2015 semester begins….

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Gabriela Agustini, Founder of Olabi Makerspace, Rio de Janiero. Culture and Technology Professor at the Universidade Candido Mendes

Gabriela Agustini

Ranu Jung, Interim Dean, FIU College of Engineering and Computing, Director, Adaptive Neural Systems Laboratory


Nabyl Charania and Germán Montoya of Rokk3r Labs


Where FIU 3D prints the future.

33 MakerBot Replicator™ 3D Printers + 5 MakerBot Digitizer™ 3D Desktop Scanners + 1 server
+ 19+ faculty + 3+ staff + 999+ FIU students + visionary private partners + thousands of community members
= millions of solutions!

"By bringing in a large-scale 3D printing center and providing access to 3D printers to students at an early stage, FIU can create an atmosphere of creativity and collaboration that spurs innovation and invention like never before."

− Jonathan Jaglom, CEO, MakerBot

"It's a mosh-pit of creativity!"

− Alastair Gordon, CARTA MBUS Distinguished Affiliate

"If you can print it twice, print it somewhere else! Support our growing local ecosystem of maker spaces!"

− John Stuart, Director, CARTA Innovation Lab
Creating Futures

The CARTA Innovation Lab seeks to provide students, faculty, researchers, industry partners, and community members opportunities to seek new visions of possible bright futures.

Solving problems

We are solving the social, cultural, technological and environmental problems in our region and preparing them for dissemination around the globe.


As the only Innovation Lab housed in a school of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, with students and researchers in music composition and performance, sculpture, design, graphic design, photography, landscape architecture, communication arts, interior architecture, theater, and digital design, we are uniquely situated to collaborate with engineers, computer scientists, scientists, and those in the humanities.

Engaging communities

Located in the heart of Miami Beach on the famed Lincoln Road Mall, the Lab is perfectly situated to engage local residents and to accommodate guests from around the world as they utilize the lab to look to challenges as opportunities.

Celebrating creativity

FIU CARTA students and faculty researchers celebrate the digital glitch, the new perspective, the unexpected outcome as part of the creative process.

Learning from technology

The CARTA Innovation Lab is developing ways to engage everyone from school children to established corporate leaders in the process of learning about who we are by how we use the technologies around us.

Develop your vision and 3D print it.

The CARTA Innovation Lab promotes the integration between the digital world of designs, drawings, and concepts, and the physical world of objects, people, and places.
Ways to Give    Ways to Get

FIU is Miami’s first and only public research university, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.  It is worlds ahead in its service to the academic and local community.