MakerGirl launches with renewed enthusiasm

The mission of MakerGirl is to introduce girls from the ages of 7 – 10 to STEM fields.  They conducted a pilot session at the MakerLab last fall and have launched there non-profit this spring. They have scheduled several sessions at the Lab this spring semester and got over 60 […]

Julia(co-founder) with the MakerGirls


Making Things Class Develops Prototypes

In last week’s Making Things class, we focused on refining the prototypes for our products. Our team (Handmad3) is creating multiPLY, a bathroom aid that increases the capacity of your toilet paper holder. We finished prototyping, so we focused on other details, such as developing the instruction sheet that will […]

Digital Making Class learns Scanning and Geomagic at Beckman

This is a Guest Post by Sam Bohner, a student in the Digital Making 2015 Class. The past couple of weeks, the digital making class went to the Imaging Technology Group at Beckman Institute where we met Geomagic guru, Travis Ross. There, he began to introduce us to the scanning […]

Molded Vs Printed!


Making Things Class Conducts Design Audit

During last week’s Making Things class, our teams conducted design audits. We did this through a peer review process in which one team audited the design of another team. This audit contained a variety of questions, such as: Why did you choose this particular design? What issues are you still […]

MakerLab Workshop Series Bought to you by Autodesk Fusion 360   Recently updated !

The MakerLab workshop series has been a huge success and we have Autodesk Fusion 360 to thank for this. Thanks to their support we have managed to spread the Maker spirit across campus to students and faculty members and even the Champaign Urbana Community. Currently, the workshop series includes  3D Printing, Basic […]

Workshop series


Making Things Class Refines Designs

During last week’s Making Things class, our teams worked on refining their product designs. This designing process is very iterative in nature, in which most teams go back and forth between creating a computer design of their product, printing it out, and then refining the design some more. We are […]

Fusion 360: Two Weeks Coming Full Circle

This is a guest post by a student in the #DigitalMaking class:  Arielle Rausin The past two weeks our class has been working really hard to get a decent grasp of Autodesk Fusion 360. Because it is such an expansive and powerful tool- there is no possible way for us […]

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Mark C.

Mark Cotteleer Visits Making Things Class

Last week’s Making Things class was enriched by a (video) visit by Dr. Mark Cotteleer. Mark is a research director at Deloitte and a leading expert in additive manufacturing. He has written extensively on this topic and is also the lead instructor for a new online course on Additive Manufacturing. […]

Sharing our learning from the Making Things Course

Aric Rindflesich, the Executive Director of the MakerLab, was invited to present about the innovative approaches to student learning at the Teaching with Technology Brown Bag Series sponsored by CITL and CITES . The session attracted educators and learning professionals from across campus, interested in learning about the interdisciplinary, team […]

Aric at the Brownbag

3D Printer

Become a Certified Maker

We are excited to launch a set of workshops on 3d printing, modeling and scanning. Take all four and become a certified maker, along with a Digital Badge that you can show on your profile on social media or LinkedIn!! 1. 3D printing 2. Basic 3D Design 3. Advanced 3D Design 4. […]