Birthdays at the MakerLab! This past summer, the Illinois MakerLab hosted its first ever birthday party! What better way to celebrate your big day than making yourself a gift? This party consisted of a mixture of children and their parents. We had one of our expert gurus lead the workshop for […]

MakerLab would love to host YOUR next birthday!

Students discuss the Ultimaker 2 and its value to the process of making things
Quad Day featuring the Ultimaker 2! MakerLab and MakersUIUC welcomed students to campus on Quad Day 2015. Last Sunday, August 23, MakerLab was very excited to display its new Ultimaker 2 3D printer! The Ultimaker 2 was generously provided to the lab by Ultimaker to help educate students on 3D […]

MakerLab Shows Off New Ultimaker 2

All of the Bootcamp particiapants and hosts gathered around Autodesk CEO Carl Bass
 Autodesk 360 Fusion Boot Camp My name is Scott Zelman, and I’m a Guru at Illinois Makerlab. This August I had the opportunity to travel to the Autodesk location in San Francisco, CA, to participate in a Student Experts Bootcamp and learn Fusion 360, Autodesk’s newest 3D modeling software. I […]

Autodesk’s NEWEST Software – A first-hand account

Ultimaker Unboxed!
We are back in full swing for the Fall! Our new hours are announced. We had some exciting developments over summer and more to come in the Fall. We have recently received an Ultimaker 2 for testing, and are working on a partnership with Ultimaker, which will help us change […]

We’re back in Business for Fall 2015

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MakerGirl has been running sessions since November 2014. This past fall and spring 80 girls have gone through our MakerGirl workshops. This summer with our more frequent sessions we hope to quadruple the number of girls we can reach. Our mission is by 2025 there will be an equal number […]

Maker Spotlight: MakerGirl

Caterpillar representatives visited the MakerLab in Spring to learn more about how our approach to learning by making, was resulting in innovative new solutions to real world challenges. They were also very interested in the way we were able to bring together students from different majors in teams to make […]

Caterpillar supports the MakerLab with a $7500 course and program ...

Last week, we held our first session of our 3-Day High School Robotics & 3D Modeling Workshop for the summer. Teens of various ages participated in this workshop over the course of 3 days where they had access to world-class software & resources to ultimately build their own remote-controlled car! […]

Session #1 of 3-Day HS Robotics & 3D Modeling Workshop: ...

Pollen grains printed by the MakerLab. Orange represents a water-willow pollen. Yellow was taken from a white spruce. Photo by Kathryn Coulter
These giant pollen grains were created from the Pollen Power summer day camp, hosted by the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB). Created to help middle-school girls foster their interest in the sciences, Pollen Power campers study plant responses to climate change in the distant past to the […]

Giant Pollen grains helping kids understand climate change

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Berkley Walker at the Institute for Genomic Biology, needed a low fidelity solution for elemental analysis,  instead of a high fidelity and high cost off the shelf model. Our Guru, Brian, customized the tolerances on some parts on thingiverse and helped build a custom DIY solution, which saved them a […]

X-Y Positioning Table for Institute of Genomic Biology

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We had the pleasure of hosting high school students attending the ImaginationU Summer Camp organized by the College of Media. They visited the MakerLab to learn about 3d printing, and how physical things are becoming digital, and then back to physical.   While chaperoning the students at the lab, Kyle […]

Ideas to products in 24 hours – #imaginationU summer Camp