VR Development

Here in the Design Hub we are starting to work on projects that involve into Virtual Reality.

VR for short. VR is a new and still improving technology that is still in big business today. Everyday it’s improving and new technology is warping its ideas in the system.

VR Headset that is used can help someone see in the eyes of what is happening in the virtual world. Many VR company’s that are popular today are: HTC Vive, Oculus, Windows Mixed Reality.

Basically VR is suppose to help us see in a place we don’t see everyday. Some say it helps people to escape from reality we live today.

Other than games, VR has many purposes that can help people with their day to day lives.  VR can be used to help peoples health and give people experiences that they will never have or want to have like go to a unique place or somewhere around the world.In the Design Hub, we are working with 3 projects that are involved in vr.

Our first project in VR is called ADABathroom.com. This project is about viewpoints/ experience of a person who really needs it. We currently are measuring bathrooms from places around us that currently have public bathroom. Also we are going to model each and every bathroom that we measure and make. For this project. Then we will convert these models into a VR enviroment that can be used in VR. Then we will test these models and everything out by the experience that we put into the program to replicate what it is like to go to the bathroom by the experience. The on thing that we are still in development but has in mind is to add a log rating system so that we can know the persons rates on the bathrooms and also experience.

The second VR project is the “ Physics particle Collider “  this project is currently about very slow motion of high energy physics of particles and see how they can interact with one another. There are currently no educational vr models out in the market. So we have to create each model ourselves.

The third and final project is the Stem building project. Currently we only have the building for the VR. But we need to populate the building with items and people. But also we have to add other buildings surrounding it to replicate the ARC campus. The reason for that is to help indicate what it would feel like to have it in already built and surrounding with ARC buildings so we know how and what it would feel and look like in the college.

Collaborating with PRG

Are you a gamer or do you like games in general? Do you remember Phoenix Ready games in our last blog about them!?

Art by Artist Intern Erika Gonzalez

PRG known as Phoenix Ready Games is working on collaborating  with Design Hub. Daniel Todd the CEO of PRG other known as Phoenix ready games, but also a known ARC Student is working with the Design Hub by using there interns for their upcoming game Holiday wars and a new game that is in development at the moment. Many of the interns who have joined Daniels team are great with 3D modeling, 2D Artwork, Programming, and Animation.

3D Model Done by 3D Modeling Intern Jea Lee

You might of heard of them from a blog post a year ago when they were  working on Holiday Wars.

 Some of the interns that are working with PRG is getting paid for their work by the Design Hub.

Some of the interns who aren’t getting paid are working on their own time when they don’t have other Design Hub work to do.

Just like a previous blog post about Holiday Wars; Daniel and his team is still working on finishing up this project and getting the game ready to be able to play. 

The other game the company is working on is still in development and still in discussion with the team. Furthermore about this project is still in making and will be announced when the game is fully discussed and in programming.

Recently Design Hub have given Daniel couple more programmers to help them push out the game. These types of interns are going to be excellent to help them push the game out. These games in the future are going to be on steams store ready for people to play and enjoy!

New Ways to Laser Engrave!


The laser engraver in the ARC Design Hub can be a learning process to new interns. During the first couple weeks at the design hub we train and teach our interns how to use and/ or the purposes the laser can do for us. We are still new to laser but we always will find new tactics on how we should operate the laser. Either finding the right settings or experimenting on pieces of scrap materials to see how it will turn out. 

What does the laser engraver used for in the ARC Design Hub? What can we make with the laser we have?

Here in the Design Hub we currently are using two laser engravers in the back of room 311. The laser Engraver is used for ton of projects for our clients and personal uses. Designers here at the Design Hub create wonderful projects to help support the hub with their creativity. Just like the Retopo Map blog we did awhile ago, they used the laser for that project. Interns are able to used the laser for personal projects to create unique types of physical merchandise.

What types of merchandise or products can you use to make stuff here in the Hub?

The types you can make in the laser engraver is the following: Sketch book covers, key chains, ornaments, etc.

Let your creativity wonder around the ideas of creating wonderful types of pieces out of any materials like wood and plastic.

Although, It can also be used for educational purposes like making flash cards out of plastic or making pieces for a game board for and educational game.

How does the laser function and how can you get a decent design without it melting or making the design look weird?

Muhannad Abbas, who is very well experienced and excellent with the laser made these templates out of wood and plastic.

The templates shows how the laser reacts to the type of material it touches depending on the shading of the grey is being used. 


Too much power on the laser with a really dark color may burn the wood or melt the plastic. With the used of this template the designers are able to understand how the laser works and how much they need to make their projects a success. 

How can people outside of the Design Hub apply or request stuff to get printed?

On the ARC Design Hub Website we have a work request area. This area your able to request projects that our interns can print out for you. Their are examples and a request form to get started!


Engineering Club SWAG

Jair and three other Design Hub interns worked together on a laser engraving project.

This project was ordered from the Engineering Club and Randy Schuster, who is the advisor for the Engineering Club.


Using the Design Hub’s laser engraver they were able to accomplish this project. 

The Keychains were engraved with the logo, also known as SWAG. It was engraved in plywood, and hooked with a metal chains that is attached through the little hole on the side of the keychain.



These keychains were going to be given away for free for the Engineering Club students.




In the future, bobbleheads will be made to donate.

The interns are working on the bobblehead project at the same time as the keychain project, and it will involve scanning and 3D printing of participants’ heads.  Scanning will take a couple of hours, whereas the 3D printing is estimated to take one to two days.

Rocket Car Competition

On Saturday, October 13,2018, The design hub collaborated with the several students from San Juan High School. Bryan and Stephen and their instructor James participated in this Rocketcar event.

It was located in the football fields behind the pool and gymnasium area.


The participants from San Juan High school collaborated with the individuals from the Design Hub including Randy Schuster, Gavin, Kai, Kevin, and Jason. Also Participating in the competition are three ARC Design Hub interns: Justin, Marlo, and Muhammed. They worked on 3D printed designs and Melissa did the soldering.

Since one of our interns Jason who is skilled as a drone pilot, Helped filmed the event aerial style. Jason’s Company , J&S Drone Solutions, was also involved in the event, he flew his own drone!


The physics Department ordered this project from Randy, Due to the concern about the the limited aerial flying. Since the airspace around ARC is located so closely to a hospital. Instead, of hosting a drone flying competition. They decided to host a rocketcar competition. Where the main action would be taking place on the ground and not the air. Sean Franklin developed the first  rocketcar over the summer. Competition was hosted to unite the high school and college communities.

The participants received 3D printed trophies to honor their victories!  

Here are the results:

1st  – Steven … Representing San Juan High School … 50 mph
2nd – Bryan … Representing San Juan High School … 48 mph
3rd – Kai … Representing the Design Hub … 20 mph
HM – Gavin … Representing the Design Hub … Well over 50 mph but too low to register on our timer