COVID-19 & Remote File Submissions

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These policies are subject to change at any time without notice. As of May 22, 2022 the Grainger Maker Space will remain closed to in-person use for the Spring 2021 semester, and the Assembly Area will be open to in-person use by appointment only.

  • Make a Reservation Only users who have completed a safety training can currently reserve work time in the Assembly Area. More information regarding safety training here: Safety Training


Do I need to take another safety training for the Assembly Area for Spring 2021?

If you currently have a valid safety training for the Assembly Area you do not need to take the online safety training quizzes. However you must watch the new safety training video, as it contains new COVID-specific information.

What remote prototyping services are available from the Idea Shop?

Below are the currently available remote prototyping services being offered by the Idea Shop:

Can I submit personal projects for fabrication?

Users may submit personal project files, however based on our current workload these files will be accepted on a case by case basis and given the lowest priority for completion.

Why is the Idea Shop not allowing in person use?

Based on the current recommendations of public health organizations and Illinois Tech, it is not possible to safely allow the Idea Shop's large user base to access the Maker Space and keep a low probability of disease transmission. When making these decisions we have consulted the COVID-19 shop policies and experiences of shops in many other universities. Fundamental concerns include lack of staffing, the large collection of shared equipment, the inability to maintain adequate social distancing, and preventing large gatherings of individuals. We will re-evaluate our policy as more information / recommendations become available from the public health community and Illinois Tech administration.

User Priorities


IPRO Students

If you are currently enrolled in an IPRO class, you may submit work / files to for all services listed above.

Non-IPRO Students

If you are not currently enrolled in an IPRO class, you may only submit files for services not provided by your academic department. Remote file acceptance under this category is lower priority compared to IPRO students and acceptance / completion is subject to availability of staff.

Staff / Faculty / Illinois Tech Research Groups

Faculty involved with time sensitive research projects may contact the Idea Shop with their inquires. You will be informed via email if your job has been accepted for processing and given a rough time estimate. An additional fee may be assessed to cover labor costs.

All other projects

The Idea Shop will take personal projects on a lowest priority, case by case basis. If you have questions on whether the Idea Shop is able to assist with your remote file submissions please reach out to us via email.

COVID-19 Email Communications

Log of Emails from the Idea Shop regarding COVID-19 measures: