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Welcome to the Idea Shop Prototyping Lab, the general access shop at the Illinois Institute of Technology, located in the Kaplan Institute.

The Idea Shop is comprised of two spaces: The Grainger Maker Space, which houses our general shop tools, laser cutters, and CNC router, and the Janet & Craig Duchossois Idea Shop - i.e. the Assembly Space - which houses our 3D printers, CAD and electronics workstations, and ample workspace and storage space.

As of December 5, 2022 the Grainger Maker Space will remain closed to in-person use for the Fall 2020 semester, and the Assembly Area will be open to in-person use by appointment only. These policies are subject to change at any time without notice.

Getting Started

First time users will need to take an online safety orientation. Users must abide by PPE requirements to enter the space.

Monday December 5 2022
uPrint Plus ABS 3D printer is offline.
zPrinter 450 Plaster 3D printer is online.
Form2 Resin 3D printer is online.
Objet Eden 260V Polyjet 3D printer is offline.
Monoprice Mini PLA 3D printer is online
Epilog Laser Cutter is online.
Universal Laser Cutter is offline.
ShopSabre 3-Axis CNC Router is offline.
Roland 4-Axis CNC Mill is online.

This wiki serves as the operation manual and lab notebook for the Idea Shop Prototyping Lab. Use these pages to:

  • Understand the capabilities and limitations of the lab equipment.
  • Look up the properties of materials that can be worked in the lab.
  • Gain an overview of common methods - combinations of machines and materials - that are available in the lab.
  • Review the projects of other lab users.

This is a site built by lab staff. If you would like to get more information about visiting and using the Prototyping Lab, please contact us at