The Innovation Studio is housed within a brand-new facility – the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise and Research Center – just opened in 2021. The Plaster Center is the newest addition to the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering and features:

  • $3 million in new augmented and virtual reality equipment.
  • Industrial and research-grade 3D printing lab
  • Fully equipped fabrication shop

The Innovation Studio provides access to new technologies for rapid prototyping. Create and manipulate 3D models using augmented or virtual reality tools, print those models in the 3D printing lab, or build working prototypes in a fully equipped fabrication shop.

Together, we can take your idea from its earliest stages to production.


  • Experience the newest augmented and virtual reality tech in our AVR Showroom.
  • Learn 3D design and development software in the AVR Training Lab.
  • Design and test applications for any industry.


  • Prototype your own custom modeled parts.
  • Print realistic, production-quality models.
  • Utilize full-color and texture capabilities.
  • Experiment with metal, polymer, elastomer, and thermoplastic printers.


  • Build prototypes, class work, and entrepreneurial projects.
  • Access tools — big and small — all in one place.
  • Shop includes CNC machines, mills, routers, lathes, and more.


  • Woodworking
  • Metalwork and Welding
  • 3D Modeling and Printing
  • Laser Engraving and Cutting
  • CNC Machining
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality Creation Software
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality Visualization Technology


Students, companies, and the public are invited to learn more about the Innovation Studio during one of our open houses:

Fall 2021:
Monday Aug 30 from 10AM-12PM
Friday Sep 3 from 2PM-4PM
Friday Sep 17 from 2PM-4PM
Friday Oct 8 from 2PM-4PM
Monday Oct 18 from 10AM-12PM
Monday Nov 8 from 10AM-12PM
Friday Dec 10 from 2PM-4PM

Spring 2022:
Thursday Feb 3 from 2PM-4PM
Thursday, March 3 from 2PM-4PM
Thursday, April 7 from 2PM-4PM
Tuesday, May 3 from 2PM-4PM

Connect with us at or call 816-235-2223.

Note:  Before your intended visit, check back here for the most up-to-date open house days and times in case of schedule changes


The Innovation Studio is located on the 2nd floor of the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise and Research Center:

801 E 51st St, Kansas City, MO 64110

Parking can be found in the yellow metered lots on the campus map: