Policies

Access:

  • The UIC Engineering Makerspace is primarily for current UIC College of Engineering Students and staff. We support coursework, Engineering student organizations, and Engineering research work.
  • When resources allow we assist researchers and staff from other UIC colleges as well – please contact us to discuss your project in advance.
  • Students completing coursework from other colleges at UIC are encouraged to visit the facilities in their college or the Digital Scholarship Hub in the Daley Library.
  • The Makerspace is not open to the general public but we can help on a very limited basis. If you are not affiliated with UIC please contact us to discuss your project in advance.

Billing:

Coursework

Projects submitted as assigned in courses where the submitter is currently enrolled are typically not billed. This does not include graduate or undergraduate research credit courses, which fall under research work. Projects with significant research lab involvement or projects that continue past the conclusion of the semester may be billed.

Engineering Student Organization Projects

Typically not billed.

Research and Lab Projects

Projects that contribute to a research project or are used in research facilities will be billed. These projects need to be submitted through the appropriate research submission form. Please provide a CFOAP number when submitting a project. We run tabs for research labs and bill monthly.

Rates:

All submitted projects have a $5 minimum charge.

3D Printing (FDM)PLA $30/KG – EcoABS/PETG/Nylon $45/KG
3D Printing (Polyjet)$180/KG
Laser cutting (billed per square foot)Acrylic: 1/16″: $3, 1/8″: $6, 1/4″ $12 – Plywood: 1/8″: $3, 1/4″: $6 – Other materials: contact us
Vinyl cutting and large format printing$2/ft
Time (CNC milling, circuit assembly, design services)$38/hr
OtherPlease contact us

General:

  • Safety  – All users are expected to use proper personal protective equipment (PPE) that will vary depending on the activity. If you’re unsure of what PPE is necessary consult staff.
  • No tools or machines can leave the Makerspace.
  • Professional Behavior is expected from all users of the Makerspace at all times. Access to the Makerspace can be revoked.
  • Clean up after yourself – Return tools to their proper place. Do not leave trash.
  • No food or drinks near machines.
  • We will stop production of any objects that are dangerous or illegal.
  • No independent work. Work can only be done during open, staffed hours. No overnight work.
  • Staff can stop unsafe behavior. This includes dangerous activities such as mixing chemicals or using tools in an unsafe way.
  • There are no official material use limits. We do reserve the right to limit material or machine use in extreme circumstances. Certain machines may have limits above which projects need special approval. See staff for details.
  • All staff members have the ability to enforce these rules. Please bring questions to graduate student workers or full-time staff.