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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, both 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

    JJC's MakerLab is open to the community. A membership gives you access to the MakerLab during open lab hours. MakerLab memberships are available at a monthly, semester or yearly rate.

    Become a Member

    Release Form for Ages 15 or Younger

     

  • Appointments Required

    Make an Appointment to Visit

    Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, we are no longer accepting walk-ins. 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.

    Note: In the event of important deadlines changing due to COIVD-19, please see our COVID-19 FAQ page.

Workshops

We offer many workshops throughout the year for children and adults to learn about 3D printing and laser cutting.

  • 3D Printing Camp (LLC 5163)

    3D Printing Camp (LLC 5163)

    For Grades 3-8
    Young students will be enthralled with the opportunity to explore the world of 3D printing, where the possibilities seem endless. Students will learn about the world of 3D printing, have an opportunity to print a 3D project of their own and tour the JJC MakerLab in this technology-rich camp.

    Summer TY1 | Wednesdays, May 25-June 8, 5-7p.m., $69
    Summer TY2 | July 26-28, 1-3p.m., $69 

    Register Now

  • 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.

    Summer T1 | Monday, May 23, 6-9p.m., $29
    Summer T2 | Wednesday, July 20, 6-9p.m., $29 

    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.

    Summer T1 | Wednesdays, June 15-29 | 6-9p.m. | $99

    Register Now

  • Gaming Minis Workshop (LLC 5886)

    Workshop Tuesdays: Gaming Minis Workshop (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 a SLA resin 3D printer. Models can be either printed by the student or the instructor, depending on skill levels and experience. (Prices are for nonmembers.)

    Summer T1 | Tuesday, June 14 | 6-9p.m. | $29
    Summer T2 | Tuesday, July 26 | 6-9p.m. | $29

    Register Now

  • 3D Printer Repair (LLC 3748)

    Workshop Tuesdays: 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. Prices are for nonmembers.

    Summer T1 | Tuesday, May 31 | 6-9p.m. | $29
    Summer T2 | Tuesday, July 12 | 6-9p.m. | $29

    Register Now

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

    Workshop Tuesdays: 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 don’t 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. Prices are for nonmembers.

    Spring T2 | Tuesday, May 17 | 6-9p.m. | $29
    Summer T1 | Tuesday, June 28 | 6-9p.m. | $29
    Summer T2 | Tuesday, August 9 | 6-9p.m. | $29

    Register Now

  • Intro to Autodesk Fusion 360 (LLC 5551)

    Intro to Autodesk Fusion 360 (LLC 5551)

    Fusion 360 is one of the most commonly used programs among 3D printer enthusiasts who design their own projects. This introductory workshop will give students a chance to explore the features of this solid modeling program. Students will be required to set up a free account with Autodesk.

    Summer T1 | Mondays, June 6-27 (No class June 20) | 6-9p.m. | $99

    Register Now

  • Beginning 3D Modeling with TinkerCAD (LLC 5884)

    Beginning 3D Modeling with TinkerCAD (LLC 5884)

    Even if you have never 3D modeled or printed, this class will get you started. TinkerCAD is a popular, free software that's well known for simplicity and ease of use. Students will learn how to model and then 3D print a simple project in this hands-on class.

    Summer T1 | Wednesdays, July 27-Aug. 10 | 6-9p.m. | $99

    Register Now

More Information

  • COVID-19 Update

    In the event of important deadlines or class dates changing due to COVID-19, please visit JJC's COVID FAQ page for the most up-to-date information. All continuing education courses will follow JJC's COVID-19 precautions.

  • Photographing Program Participants

    Joliet Junior College reserves the right to photograph or film program participants. Photos and recordings are for college use only and may be used in college publicity materials and social media. Please notify programming staff if you do not wish to be photographed or filmed.

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