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MakerLab

The MakerLab is open to JJC and the surrounding community.

MakerLab


What is a MakerLab?

A MakerLab is an open community lab that includes elements from machine shops, workshops, design studios and collaborative spaces. MakerLabs encourage innovation. These spaces are unique because not only do lab users have access to tools, but they have access to each other’s skills and knowledge.

The MakerLab at JJC is open to the entire community! Create your next innovative project or invention in our MakerLab. Whether you need to use a 3D printer or laser engraver, this state-of-the art equipment will take your projects to the next level.

Resources include:

  • 3D Printers: Filament (FDM) and Resin (SLA)
  • Laser Engraver
  • 3D Scanner with Turntable
  • Vinyl Cutter
  • 3D Large Format Printer
  • Two Singer Sewing Machines
  • Two Fully Equipped Soldering Stations
  • And More!

MakerLab Machine & Resource Guide

MakerLab Location & Hours 

The MakerLab is located in T-1034 (T-Building). It is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m.

A MakerLab Assistant will be available to help with any questions.


MakerLab Basics

  • Become a Member

    Become a Member

    Want to have even more access to the MakerLab so you can utilize the equipment to work on your own projects? Members have access to the MakerLab during open lab hours, but reservations are required. Hours of operation are Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m.

    Prices

    Monthly: $35
    Quarterly: $60
    Yearly: $150
    Employee Annual (Current employees only): $140
    Semester (Current JJC students only): $30

    Additional fees apply for materials. Fees for Workshop Tuesdays are waived for members. 

    Become a Member

    Release Form for Ages 16 or Younger

     

  • MakerLab Material Fees

    To help keep the cost of memberships low, we charge a nominal fee for any materials you use while in the MakerLab. Please contact the MakerLab for more information regarding the current fees. You will be invoiced for your material fees. If you have received an invoice, please click the button below to pay your fees.

    Members can bring their own materials, but they must be approved by staff first.

    Pay for MakerLab Materials

  • Appointments Required

    Make an Appointment to Visit

    Please make an appointment to visit the MakerLab. Note: Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

    To Make an Appointment:

    1. Email Debra Daun at ddaun@jjc.edu
    2. Submit two preferred times to use the MakerLab, including start and end time.
    3. If you will be attending with a minor, list all names of each person who will attend the appointment.
    4. You will receive a confirmation email.

  • More Information About the MakerLab

    More Information

    Contact Debra Daun, MakerLab Assistant, at (815) 280-6679 or email ddaun@jjc.edu.

MakerLab Workshops

We offer many workshops throughout the year for kids and adults to learn about 3D printing, laser cutting, sewing and more.

For more information about our classes and registration, take a look at our catalog or see the information below.

Fall 2022 Community Catalog

3D Printing

  • 3D Printing Basics (LLC 5126)

    3D Printing Basics (LLC 5126)

    Possibly one of the most fascinating technological developments in history, 3D printers offer endless possibilities. Whether you’re considering purchasing a 3D printer in the future or you would just like to experience this exciting technology in action, this class is for you. Our instructor will demonstrate how to operate a home 3D printer and you will experience the printer in action as it prints out a model.

    Fall T2 | Wednesday, Oct. 26 | 6-9 p.m. | $35 

    REGISTER NOW

  • Experience 3D Printing (LLC 5127)

    Experience 3D Printing (LLC 5127)

    Designed to serve as an introduction to 3D printing technology, this three-week class will provide students with the opportunity to print their own simple 3D projects. Students will learn about the software involved in 3D printing, internet resources and also experience the JJC MakerLab in this hands-on class.

    Fall T1 | Mondays, Sept. 12-26 | 6-9 p.m. | $99

  • Build a 3D Printer (LLC 5895)

    Build a 3D Printer (LLC 5895)

    In this hands-on class, participants will assemble a basic 3D printer with full guidance from an experienced instructor. Topics will cover how to maintain and operate the machine as well as the basics of 3D printing. Each student will take home their assembled 3D printer and a full roll of filament. There will be a mandatory orientation two weeks before the class start date to allow students to meet with the instructor, review course objectives and ask specific questions before enrolling. No prior experience is required. Enrollment is limited. Kits will be ordered after the mandatory orientation session is completed; please be aware no refunds will be issued after the order is placed. An information session will be held Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Joliet Junior College MakerLab on the Main Campus. Enrollment for the course will not open until after the information session.

    If you would like to join the build class but weren't able to attend the info session, please contact Debra Daun for information.

    Fall T1 | Wednesdays, Sept. 28-Oct. 19 | 6-9 p.m. | $379

    Build a 3D Printer Information Session

    Fall T1 | Wednesday, Sept. 7 | 6-7 p.m. | Free

  • Intro to 3D Printing with Resin (LLC 5885)

    Intro to 3D Printing with Resin (LLC 5885)

    3D resin printers produce models with much finer detail than regular filament printers. This and the wide variety of resins available make them ideal for projects such as jewelry design and gaming minis. Experience the next level of 3D printing in this introductory course that will focus on preparation, printing and finishing of simple 3D models. This is an advanced class, so previous 3D printing experience is strongly suggested.

    Fall T1 | Mondays, Nov. 7-14 | 6-9 p.m. | $64

    REGISTER NOW

Laser Cutting

  • Intro to Laser Cutting (LLC 5269)

    Intro to Laser Cutting (LLC 5269)

    Learn how to use a laser cutter and practice engraving wood, acrylic, paper, cardboard and more. This class will also cover creating digital files compatible with the laser cutter. Each student will have the opportunity to create a small project as they learn the laser cutting process from start to finish. Safety skills and laser cutting techniques will be addressed.

    Fall T1 | Monday, Dec. 12 | 6-9 p.m. | $29

    REGISTER NOW

Workshop Tuesdays

MakerLab members may attend Workshop Tuesdays for free. Prices below are for nonmembers. Members may reserve their spot by calling (815) 280-1555.

  • Gaming Minis (LLC 5886)

    Gaming Minis (LLC 5886)

    Come spend the evening with others who share your love of minis and gaming! This is an open format workshop for anyone who has considered creating or painting their own gaming miniatures. Whether it's a character, monster or a piece of scenery, you will develop your creativity by finishing projects created with an SLA resin 3D printer. Models can be either printed by the student or the instructor, depending on skill levels and experience.

    Fall T1 | Tuesday, Aug. 16 | 6-9 p.m. | $29
    Fall T2 | Tuesday, Oct. 4 | 6-9 p.m. | $29
    Fall T3 | Tuesday, Dec. 13 | 6-9 p.m. | $29

    REGISTER NOW

  • 3D Printing for Artists and Crafters (LLC 3749)

    3D Printing for Artists and Crafters (LLC 3749)

    Makers are creative people by nature, so it's no surprise that they are always coming up with new and innovative ways to use their 3D printers. This is especially true of artists and craftspeople. Even if you know how to 3D print, you can learn about new ways of looking at the creative process by introducing new tools and materials. Do you have a technique you want to share and develop? This is the place for you.

    Fall T1 | Tuesday, Sept. 6 | 6-9 p.m. | $29

  • 3D Printer Repair (LLC 3748)

    3D Printer Repair (LLC 3748)

    Whether you have a 3D printer sitting in a closet that you just can't get to work properly or want to learn more about how to keep them running, this class is for you. Bring in your printer and we will work together to troubleshoot the problem and get the printer up and printing again. Don't own a 3D printer? That's fine; just come and learn more about this fun, productive hobby that can lead to a business.

    Fall T1 | Tuesday, Sept. 20 | 6-9 p.m. | $29
    Fall T2 | Tuesday, Oct. 18 | 6-9 p.m. | $29
    Fall T3 | Tuesday, Nov. 22 | 6-9 p.m. | $29

    REGISTER NOW

More Information

  • COVID-19 Update

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