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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.

NEW CHALLENGE - $5,000 Grand Prize!

The Annual Design - Make - Sell Competition

This year's challenge is to design a compelling product relating to SCU’s annual Vintage Santa Clara [VSC] event. This is billed as “The University’s Premier Wine and Food Festival.” This event is held in the Mission Gardens, with more than thirty participating wineries, breweries and restaurants, many owned and/or operated by SCU alumni! Products could address any possible customers/clients relating to this event; possibilities include but certainly are not limited to products that might appeal to alumni who attend the event, items aligned with or possibly in cooperation with specific vendors, gift items presented to participating vendors in appreciation of their participation, and so on. 
This challenge requires design teams to conceive, pitch, produce and sell 20 units of their product. The product concept must be acceptable to the VSC organizers and comply with SCU branding criteria. A significant portion of fabrication must be performed within the Maker Lab with the fabrication plan acceptable to Maker Lab staff. And 19 units will be sold in the Campus Bookstore with the packaging and display approved by Bookstore managers; one unit is kept for judging.

The competition has two phases. All teams will submit a Phase A design proposal/pitch. The top three teams will be selected to move to Phase B, which consists of production and sales; these teams will be provided a modest budget to fabricate their units. The grand prize is $5,000.
Find competition details here!

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.

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