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Maker Lab

Guest Membership

Maker Lab Guest Membership

What is the Maker Lab?

The Maker Lab is a hands-on prototyping space for designing and building projects. The Lab has hand tools, 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl plotters, CNC mills, sewing machines, soldering stations, power tools, and more. The Lab is available for use for all current members of the Santa Clara University community, to include enrolled students, staff, and faculty. In addition to tool access, the Lab also has staff and graduate teaching assistants available to provide design guidance; furthermore, the Lab hosts periodic workshops relating to specific making activities.

Who qualifies for the Guest Membership?

The Maker Lab Guest Membership is a new program to allow Lab use for SCU alumni and immediate family members of current SCU faculty and staff; family members must live in the same household as the SCU employee and be at least 18 years of age.

Guests are not allowed to use their Maker Lab Membership for company work or other commercial or profit-making activities. Opportunities do exist for corporate use of the Lab as well as for student-led customer design and manufacturing work for corporate applications. If this is of interest, please contact us.

  • Must be an alumni of Santa Clara University
  • Must complete the Maker Lab Application for Participation form
  • Must sign the Release of Liability and Risk form (provided after application received)
  • Must sign the Photograph, Video, & Voice Recording Release form (provided after application received)
  • Must complete Maker Lab training (includes online and scheduled in person training)
  • Must agree to abide by Maker Lab use policies and the supervision of the designated Maker Lab supervisor

Any individual who has completed one year of undergraduate study towards a matriculating degree at the University qualifies as an alumn(us/a), even if he/she/they did not receive a degree from SCU. Graduate students must receive a degree from SCU in order to attain alumni status for membership.

  • Must be an immediate family member in the same household as a current SCU faculty and staff member
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must complete the Maker Lab Application for Participation form
  • Must sign the Release of Liability and Risk form (provided after application received)
  • Must sign the Photograph, Video, & Voice Recording Release form (provided after application received)
  • Must complete Maker Lab training (includes online and scheduled in-person training)
  • Must agree to abide by Maker Lab use policies and the supervision of the designated Maker Lab supervisor
  • The current SCU faculty or staff must accompany the family member to the in person training

Additional Information

Summer hours will be offered July 8th, 2024- August 31st, 2024. We have set weekday and Saturday hours that Guests can use the Maker Lab with a Maker Lab Supervisor present. We will offer a minimum of 10 hours per week with at least three 2-hour sessions on weekdays and a 4-hour session on Saturdays.

Fall hours are to be determined.

This time will also be available for current SCU students, staff, and faculty to use the Lab. We will have select equipment reserved for Guest Member use. During the hours, Guests are welcome to use open equipment as well.

Membership is on a quarterly basis. We are offering an introductory fee of $80 for the Summer 2024 quarter. This will include access to the Maker Lab a minimum of 10 hours per week for 8 weeks. Guests are responsible for providing their own materials or purchasing select materials in the Lab through our Maker Lab Store.

The membership fee for the Fall 2024 quarter is to be determined.

A minimum number of Guest Members must sign up or the program will be postponed.

Space is limited!

Get access to tools and equipment.

Interact with current SCU students and see what projects are happening on campus.

Get access to tools and equipment. (Worth saying twice since you can make some really cool projects in the Lab!)

  1. Complete the Maker Lab Application for Participation form to let us know your interest.
  2. We will follow up with confirmation if your application has been accepted as space is limited and we need a minimum number of sign ups for the program.
  3. We will then give you access to Maker Lab training and resources to complete the online training. This will also give you access to the Release of Liability and Risk form and the Photograph, Video, & Voice Recording Release form for you to sign.
  4. Sign and submit the forms.
  5. Complete the online Basic Training module. You can also complete other online modules (e.g. 3D printer training, laser cutter training) depending on the equipment you wish to use.
  6. Schedule/Sign-up for the in-person training.
  7. Pay for the membership at the in-person training via debit or credit card.
  8. Come use the Maker Lab during the Guest Members Open Hours.

Parking Permits are not included in the Maker Lab Guest memberships. All Maker Lab Guest members will need to purchase a Parking Permit or Day Pass through Transportation Services (408-551-7092) or park off campus and walk into campus to use our facilities.

The Maker Lab Guest Membership fee is non-refundable. Payment for the Membership fee is due during the in-person training.

If you have questions regarding the Maker Lab Guest Membership, reach out to us at makerlab@scu.edu.

We are still in the process of finalizing the Maker Lab Guest Membership Program.
If any changes occur, we will update this page to have the most up to date information.

Contact Us

makerlab@scu.edu

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

Sobrato Discovery, Bldg. 402