Unleash your entrepreneurial spirit and ignite your inner innovator—build, invent, and test your own creations in our hands-on prototyping space.
Hand tools, power tools, and a whole suite of machines that are part of a new wave of “personal making”—3D printers, laser cutters, and circuit board fabricators—are all at your disposal. The Maker Lab is the only place on campus where any SCU student, faculty, or staff member can be quickly trained to use the tools and a team of students from multiple departments can easily work together.
More than 800 students, faculty, and staff from disciplines ranging from engineering to studio art use the School of Engineering's Maker Lab. Recent creations run the gamut from keychains, robots, water purity testers, and devices to process DNA, to a fully-functional prosthetic arm! Whether you're working on your own personal invention just for the fun of it or on an assignment for class, this space is yours. Come in and play!
Maker Lab Update
This is where you would typically come to find information on Maker Lab Training times and Open Hours for the Lab. Due to the shift to remote classes and social distancing, the Maker Lab is currently closed for general use. We are still working with essential class and research projects to offer limited fulfillment on a case by case basis. If you are needing usage of the Lab for your class or research, find more information on our Fulfillment page or email us to discuss your project.
Makers around the world have been doing their part to help others. In keeping with the Jesuit values of Santa Clara University, the Maker Lab is also taking part in these efforts. You can learn more by going to our Humanitarian page.
SCU STUDENTS: If you like using or interested in using the Maker Lab, feel free to join the SCU Maker Club. Maker Club meets weekly to create projects using the equipment in the Maker Lab. Club projects range from stickers to 3D projects. Due to COVID, Maker Club won't be meeting in the Maker Lab fall quarter. However, they will still be meeting to discuss and design potential projects they can create when they are allowed back in the lab. Fill out this form if you're interested in joining the Maker Club.
Maker of the Month
Students in the ENGR2 Design & Prototyping course showcased the skills they learned in the Maker Lab during the quarter in their final projects. Each student chose what to make for their project and had to use at least 3 different tools. Students used 3D printers, laser cutters, Carvey (CNC Mill), power tools, and basic tools (including vinyl plotter for stickers). Throughout the course students had to make a variety of projects.
Check out the previous entries and learn how to submit your own projects for Maker of the Month.
The Maker Lab has started an outreach program for K-12 schools. We have been developing a Mobile Maker Trailer to take to local schools to teach students about new technologies and inspire the maker spirit. You can learn more about this program on our website. This Mobile Maker Trailer outreach program is made possible by Makers 4 Good, makers4good.org.