About Us

Created for students by students

Our Purpose

Development Lab is a student-driven laboratory at the University of Southern Denmark. Members are given 24/7 access to a space for prototyping, learning and developing – for study as well as free time projects. Because we believe that learning is obtained best through hands-on exploration of our facilities! The lab is governed by students in the board of DevLab User Association. The by-laws can be read here. The board meetings are open. Summaries are published here. If you are curious to join a meeting, or if you have input or inquires, please contact devlab@tek.sdu.dk

Meet Our Team

The team consits of students and lecturers alike!

Christian Hammerich

SDU Responsible

Christoffer Skovsgård

Chairman / Social manager

Klara Kirstine Fasano

Vice-Chairman / Resin Printer Responsible

Thorbjørn Ryom Westergren

Laser Cutter Responsible

Christian Hviid Petersen

FDM Printer / Dreamlab Contact

Igor Roberto Gomes Rodrigues

Tools responsible

Morten Foged Lindegaard

Virtual Reality Responsible

Finn Erik Joran Oriwohl

Virtual Reality Responsible

Alexander Jacob Rahbek Markussen

Resin Printer Responsible

Lukas Petersen

Laser Cutter Responsible

Our story

The Begining

In the beginning of 2013 3D printing patents became available. That created and developed several startup companies, who began to offer desktop 3D printers at an affordable price. It quickly came to some of the students’ attention at Product Development and Innovation, PDI. They then informed their study-leader, Søren Jensen.

“The Students in the Center”

University of Southern Denmark had in the same time period established a fund entitled “The Students in the Center”, whose aim was to improve the study environment at the university. It turned out to be a perfect coincidence and nonetheless the beginning of DevLab:

“We searched the fund for money to the first couple of 3D printers. Afterwards we putted the funded printers in a group room, where the students had access to work with the printers as they wanted – both for their own project and for study-related project”, says Søren Jensen and adds that it primarily was a class of the PDI students, who used the printers in the beginning.

DevLab’s development

After a few months, some of these students got the idea that it would be pleasant to have a place at the Faculty of Engineering where they could work and practice with the machines and create new ideas. Christian Hammerich, who is a teacher at PDI and a part of today’s DevLab, describes the laboratories development:

“They sought Department of Technology and Innovation for a room and a little start money, so they could take it even further and extend what they already had.”

Their wishes came true, and the students chose to call their new room for Development Lab, today known as DevLab.

The vision of Devlab was to give the students access to new prototype technologies whenever they wanted, so they could learn how to use and handle the machines and furthermore commit themselves to a lab. It all became a reality as the lab grew:

“We kept searching for money to other machines, which we implemented along the way. It all turned into the machine-park Devlab is today”, Søren Jensen says.

Today’s DevLab

Today DevLab is a student-driven prototype-lab with the purpose to enhance the students tool box within prototyping technologies. It has turned into an organization that every student at the university can be a part of by signing up and paying an entry fee.

One of DevLabs technical advisors Simon Bruhn explains, why the lab has a special meaning for the users:

“DevLab is a place where you can meet people with common interest. You can ask for advice and learn from other members.”

He furthermore adds where the responsibility lays:

“It is the members own responsibility to be skilled in the specific technology and machines. This way they accomplish both knowledge and technical flair.”

This is made possible by making the machines available and by offering courses for the members, so they can get the basic information they need before starting on their own. This way they are insured knowledges to handle the machines safely and without destroying it.


The lab is constantly developing. Soon it will move to a new and bigger area. The new lab will include a work area, where it will be possible to hang out and network with the fellow members. The new space will furthermore include better security facilities, which opens for new exiting technologies and overall gives the lab a lot more options in the future.

Board Meetings

The board meetings are open. If you are curious to join a meeting, or if you have input or inquires, please contact devlab@tek.sdu.dk. Summaries of the meetings are posted after every meeting:

DevLab User Association

The lab is governed by students in the board of DevLab User Association. The by-laws can be read here:

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