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Maker Lab

Maker Lab

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.

Fall 2023 Maker / Innovation Program Competition - The Kinetic Art Challenge

Inspired by the showing of the interactive sculpture, The Mechanical Horse, this challenge invites students to design and fabricate unique, artistic devices that incorporate mechanical motion. These devices should showcase the motion of animals, people, natural objects, characters, and/or man-made objects (abstract art is not within the scope of this challenge).  Entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges and $250 prizes will be awarded to the top entries in the categories of Passive Artistic Devices, Powered Artistic Devices, and Reactive Artistic Devices.

The competition formally started at 5:00 pm on Monday September 25 as part of the opening reception for The Mechanical Horse exhibit, in the North Lobby of SCDI. Participants must register by Friday, October 13 using this registration link.

Competition details and rules are available through the link below.

Kinetic Art Challenge Fall 2023 Flyer.

This web site will post competition news and updates as necessary.

Update #1: The prize for each category has been raised to $500. Early announcements stated the prizes would be at a $250 level.
Update #2: The competition guidelines document provides rules and guidance regarding design elements of artistic pieces. It is possible to have one or more of these requirements waived if there is a compelling reason to do so and if the artistic team receives permission for this by the registration deadline. To date, we have granted one specific waiver on the size of the piece given the scope of work by one entrant. For consideration of such waivers, contact Dr. Kitts.

Click the photo below to take a virtual tour!

Innovation Zone Photo

Here are the required steps in order to start working in the Maker Lab: 


  • Enroll in the Maker Lab Camino course. Click here for access. 
  • Read through and familiarize yourself with the homepage of the Maker Lab Camino Site. The Maker Lab Calendar, featuring walk-in Open Hours and appointment-only Training sessions, is available on this page. 
  • Complete the Basic Training Module, then schedule an in-person tour. Once you have completed Basic Training, you are able to use the Maker Lab Open Hours for your projects! 


Note that more training sessions are required in order to use other equipment (3D printers, Laser Cutters, etc.). If you are experiencing any troubles with access to the Maker Lab Camino course, please contact our Lab Director Jiayi Wang

We look forward to seeing you!


The Maker Lab calendar is the best way to find up-to-date information about the weekly hours and can be found on the Maker Lab Camino Page here. Typically, the Maker Lab is open on the following days and times for the Winter quarter of 2023

Monday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tuesday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wednesday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Thursday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunday Closed

There are occasionally closed sessions by individual or class appointments that fall outside of these hours. 






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Santa Clara University
School of Engineering
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Sobrato Discovery, Bldg. 402