Achives MakingThings2015


The MakerLab is featured as the cover story of this semester’s Postmarks publication. Postmarks is an official publication of the University of Illinois News Bureau and is mailed to 65,000 parents of current and prospective undergraduate students. This story features our two for-credit courses (Digital Making, taught by Vishal Sachdev […]

Fostering entrepreneurship and interdisciplinary team work



We have a winner! The 2015 version of our Making Things class concluded with product presentations by each of our seven teams. These presentations were judged by both their fellow students as well as a expert panel of professors and practitioners, including Joe Bradley, Ravi Mehta, Jared Phipps, and Vishal […]

We Have a Winner!



The end of the semester is nearly upon us! Last week’s class began with a Skype visit by Lauren Slowick, Education Evangelist for Shapeways, which is the world’s leading 3D Printing marketplace. Lauren provided an overview of Shapeways and offered some very insightful thoughts about the future of 3D Printing. […]

Making Things Class Nears Home Stretch!





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 […]

Making Things Class Develops Prototypes



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 […]

Making Things Class Refines Designs