The Maker Lab is a place on the ACU campus where students, faculty, and staff give form to their ideas. The significant opportunity the Maker Lab brings to students is the opportunity to develop skills in ideation, design, creativity, prototyping, and collaboration that allow them to fully participate in shaping the world around them. The Maker Lab is an ideation studio and prototyping shop that reflects a broader concept called “Maker Movement”—a global sub-culture that is focused on rapid fabrication of innovative products that address personal interests and sometimes broader societal problems.

Maker Lab Spotlight

Watch Molly and Kati talk about a group project they worked on as part of a course taught in the Maker Lab for Occupational Therapy graduate students. The short video is a perfect example of how creativity combined with making and applied to problem solving can be helpful in any discipline. They were able to fully grasp the process from ideation to prototyping, and apply it to a very specific issue.


We ask that everyone to use the reservation system when working with our 3D Printers, Laser Cutter and CNC Router. This ensures that all Makers have equal access to see what tools are available at any given moment.

Reserve Tool

Meet the Makers

Byron – Maker on Duty

Janine – Maker on Duty

Nil – Maker Lab Director

Austin – Maker on Duty

Darren – Maker Lab Coordinator

Brad – Maker on Duty

Haley – Maker on Duty

Korbin – Maker on Duty

Laura – Maker Lab Staff

Safety & Training

We know you don’t want to wait to start your project, but safety and training is our top priority in the Maker Lab. Please watch all required training and safety videos for the tool(s) you want to use. After you have finished the training sessions, you’ll be asked to perform a few safety procedures for one of our supervisors (we call them Maker On Duty, or MODs for short). If all goes well, only then you’ll be able to enjoy our tools and facilities on your own.


Combining digital fabrication and rapid prototyping with traditional tools, the Maker Lab is here to facilitate ideation and prototyping process.


Maker Lab welcomes Dr. Brent Reeves

Professor Reeves has been granted a Faculty Fellowship to develop an Honors Colloquium using drones in collaboration with the Maker Lab. He’s using creativity and making while developing quad-copter projects with a few students this semester. They are exploring various materials, aircraft designs, and flying FPV.