Get Involved


Visitors and Patrons

Sign up for a class or schedule a workshop for your organization!


Our Fab Lab is primarily volunteer run. This means we need your help to make this place what it is!

There are a few great ways you can get involved:

  1. Learn how some of the tools work and help others to use them
  2. Join the volunteer listserv
  3. Share pictures of your creations through our Flickr group
  4. Share plans or tutorials for creations as blog posts (make an account and go to create content), or even ask a core volunteer or staff to add them to the examples page
  5. Participate in a program or two and then help us to run one, or collaborate with us to bring in a group you're connected to
  6. Donate spare materials, or, alternatively, cash to the laser fees or snack box bins
  7. Talk to any of the core volunteers to learn about more ways you can help out
  8. Check out the Google Doc help list

We have some ways to give back to active volunteers. Inquire with one of the core volunteers or staff to find out more.


Can be made generally at the lab or to sponsor specific programs or learners. Payments can be made by check to The University of Illinois and provided to the staff working at the time, with explicit instructions for the use of the funding.