MakerGirls project a resounding success

MakerGirl, a University of Illinois student venture, launched a pilot session of its program on Tuesday, December 2 in the Business Instructional Facility’s MakerLab. The project was co-founded by Lizzy Engele, Julia Haried, Sophie Li, and Emily Woodward this fall in Professor Noah Isserman’s Social Entrepreneurship class. MakerGirl aims to use the MakerLab’s innovative space […]


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Meet Rex

Meet Rex, our new MakerLab mascot. Rex is a large scale version of a T-Rex Skull (designed by MakerBot) that we downloaded from Thingiverse (Thing 308355). This skull was printed in 14 different pieces which we glued together. The total printing process took over 70 hours! It is printed in glow-in-the-dark filament and it works […]

Our new Toolchest!

Due to our expanding operations, our lab has been running a bit short on storage space. This new Craftsman Toolchest is just the answer. As shown here by Guru Winnie, this new toolchest is huge and will enable us to store more materials to help turn your ideas into objects!

New Tool Box

Meet the Maker: Jake Holland – A.k.a Iron Man

Join us for the first in a bi-weekly series of  “Meet the Maker” evenings at the Lab, with Jake Holland of Iron Man fame. In each such session, the maker will share how he/she made the project and just answer questions you may have about the project. These are not formal workshops, but just way […]

MakerLab gets New Signage!

Earlier this week, our friends from the sign shop at Facilities and Services (F&S) stopped by the Lab to install our new sign. This sign reads, “What will you make?” and is posted on our main east wall. The message is simple: People visit our lab to make things that didn’t exist before, are not […]

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Maker Girls

“Maker Girl” is a project initiated by a group of students in the Social Entrepreneurship class by Professor Noah Isserman. It is an initiative to introduce and educate young girls about careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.   They are going to host a pilot session in the Maker lab where young girls […]

Make your own Gifts

Christmas is the season of giving. The things that we give to our friends and family during the holiday season are typically bought in a store and manufactured in a distant land. 3D Printing disrupts this pattern by empowering individuals to make (rather than buy) gifts. There is no need to go to a store since […]

3D Printing Research Experiment

The lab is reserved for a research study on 3D printing. In this study, we will be examining how people react to objects that they create for themselves using 3D printing.This is one among the many studies that have been conducted at the lab. Have a look at other research studies.

Lab Closed for Repairs

The lab will be closed for repairs this Friday November 21st all day. We will reopen after the thanksgiving break. Happy thanksgiving.

Printer repair Workshop

We will be hosting our partners for the Marketplace and MakerLiteracy grant, to give them training on repairing the printers. This is a private event and the lab will be closed.