Online #3dprinting now available for all #illini

We are pleased to launch online ordering with our partner 3dhubs. You can order online until Dec 13th 2016 at our new 3d printing hub  , even though we are closed for regular walk-in hours after Dec 7th. Once you order, one of our guru’s will arrange time for pickup. We have a shipping service as well. Save 25% on our online rates for students by registering at You must register before taking advantage of this discount. The rates are different from our in person walk-in rates, but with the discount and the convenience of our guru’s making sure everything works and you get a perfect print, we hope you find the service useful.

We will reopen with regular walk-in hours in Spring on January 23rd.

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Supporting the #NationOfMakers

The lab was fortunate to be part of the inaugural cohort of schools, that pledged support for the White House, Nation of Makers initiative.    The Nation of Makers is a new organization coming together to continue the work that President Obama started.  We are thrilled to pledge our support to the organization, with this letter of support.

Dear Nation of Makers,

As the world's first 3D Printing Lab in a Business School, we are delighted to endorse and support the further development of the Maker Movement.

The continued cultivation of a Nation of Makers is an important and tangible development of President Obama's visionary initiative. We strongly believe that this movement will help usher in a new economic era in which a growing number of people will be able to turn their ideas into objects. This democratization of making will create new opportunities in terms of education, entrepreneurship, and workforce development.

At our Lab, we have seen the transformative potential of making firsthand and witnessed the magic that comes from being able to turn an idea into an object in a supportive and collaborative environment. We believe that the development of a Nation of Makers will help spread this empowering experience across our great nation.

As part of this wider educational goal, our Lab recently launched a new Coursera specialization focused on 3D Printing ( . This specialization, which is in collaboration with Autodesk and Ultimaker provides learners from around the world with training about several aspects of 3D Printing. The materials in this course are freely available to anyone. Thus, we hope that it is helpful in advancing our collective goals.

In sum, the Illinois MakerLab is strongly committed to the further development of this worthy initiative!


Aric Rindfleisch

Executive Director

Vishal Sachdev


Celebrate your next birthday party with us!


WANT TO CELEBRATE WITH US? Our premium birthday party packages include:

  • A 2 hour weekend Basic 3D Printing workshop specially designed for kids
  • A full head to torso 3D scan and print of the birthday child
  • A personalized key chain for every attendee of the birthday party
  • A break in the workshop for food and cake! (Please note we do NOT provide food, cake, or eating utensils)
  • Tables for all party materials.
  • An expert guru that will provide a fun and engaging birthday party experience unlike any other you’ve seen before!

Please note:

  • Participants must be aged 7 years or older in order to participate in a MakerLab birthday party
  • We need at least one adult to stay with the group during the party.
  • We can accommodate up to 15 individuals for a birthday party. Parents can participate too as workshop members.

If you are interested in scheduling a birthday party with us or have any questions regarding our packages, please email us at and we will be happy to arrange a unique package that suits your needs and interests.

Here's some photos from a birthday party we hosted last Saturday!


Ready to set up your bday party?

If you are interested in scheduling a birthday party with us or have any questions regarding our packages, please email us.

Watch a 3D Printer being built in the BIF Atrium

Update: 3/31 :Students had great fun at the event. Some photos from the event below, and some coverage on the Daily Illini as well.

Join the #DigitalMaking 2016 students as they build a 3D Printer from an ultimaker original kit right in front of you. The event is sponsored by Ultimaker, who donated the kit, and the MakerLab.  The event will be at the BIF Atrium from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, March 28th.

We will have 3D Printing and scanning demonstrations and some refreshments as well. You can even get a free print of your head/bust scan, if you get all the questions right on a 3D Printing Trivia Quiz. Find out all about the makerlab, sign up for some workshops, find out about our two courses, Digital Making and Making Things, and learn about our new 3D Printing online specialization .

We will have Matt Griffin, the North America community manager from ultimaker with us to MC the event.

MakerLab_3DP Expo
MakerLab_3DP Expo

Join us in KickStarting the #3dPrinting Mobile for the Makergirls


Join us and help the Makergirls reach for the stars. Kickstart their #3dprinting Mobile for Summer 2016 It gives us great pleasure to support the MakerGirls at the Lab. The video below says it all

They have been featured in an interview with WCIA news as well.


They have been featured in an interview with WCIA news as well.

We are no Longer Alone!

Yonsei Design Garage
Yonsei Design Garage

Approximately three years ago, the Illinois MakerLab opened as the world's first 3D Printing Lab in a Business School. It was great being first but, over time, we began to get a bit lonely. Well, we are no longer alone. Over the past few months, several other business schools have followed our lead by starting 3D Printing Labs. This growing fraternity of  labs include the Innovation Lab at the University of South Dakota's Beacom School of Business in Vermillion, South Dakota, the MakerBot Innovation Center at Montclair State University's Feliciano School of Business, and the Design Garage at Yonsei University's School of Business in Seoul, Korea. Welcome to the club! We are sure that others will follow soon.