Policies

Scope:

The Makerspace is a unit of the UIC College of Engineering and is comprised of fabrication facilities and student organization work spaces spread throughout the RRB building.

A map of the Makerspace

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. Personal projects are decided case-by-case, please contact us with questions.
  • 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. Some projects in the Machine Shop may need to procure their own stock – please contact us to discuss.

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)$200/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 policies:

These policies apply globally to all users in the Makerspace facility. Student organizations can set additional rules for their spaces.

  • Safety – All users are expected to use proper personal protective equipment (PPE) that will vary depending on the activity. If you are unsure of what PPE is necessary consult staff. All users are required to report any injuries promptly.
  • Do not prop open any doors – Do not let unknown people into the facility.
  • No common use tools or machines can leave the Makerspace.
  • Professional Behavior – Expected from all users of the Makerspace at all times. All university and campus rules must be followed. No alcohol or drugs may be consumed or stored anywhere in the Makerspace.
  • No independent work – Do not work alone! Certain areas have hours and require staff to be present. Some equipment requires specialized training.
  • Any staff member can stop unsafe or illegal behavior – This includes dangerous activities such as mixing chemicals or using tools in an unsafe way and includes activities happening in student org spaces.
  • We can limit material or machine use in certain circumstances.
  • All staff members have the authority to enforce these rules, including asking users to leave the facility. Be prepared to show your i-card to any staff upon request.