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Maker Pass

All Invention Lab membership and access are handled through the Maker Pass system.  This is a joint maker pass that allows access to both the CITRIS Invention Lab and the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. You can read more about this pass in the press release here.

Who can use the Lab

Invention Lab is open to all members of the UC Berkeley community. This includes students (undergrads and grads), post-docs, staff, faculty and recent alumni of UCB who have previously been Invention Lab Members.

Access

The Maker Pass fee is $75 for the semester for individual users. Fee waivers are available by request for students with financial need. The semesterly fee for users using access for primarily research purposes is $225, payable by chartstring.  Please note, there is no longer a group membership option.

How do I sign up?

There are several simple steps to get access to the Invention Lab.  In a rush, click here and follow the first three steps.  Then goto step 4 below to complete your access to the Invention Lab.  The first three steps are also described below for clarity.

Step 1 : Get Approved 

Students enrolled in a course held in 210, 220, or 310 Jacobs Hall are automatically approved to receive a Maker Pass for the semester and can proceed to step two. Other active UC Berkeley affiliates (students, faculty, and staff) from all across campus can request Maker Passes, using this form, as capacity allows.

Step 2 : Pay the usage Fee

Choose the fee payment option that best suits your situation. Regular Maker Passes ($75) cover usage related to courses, clubs, and independent projects, while the Research Maker Pass ($225) covers usage related to research-lab-sponsored work.  The Research Maker Pass also provides additional services and access to Invention Lab as described below.

Step 3: Online General Workshop Training

All approved users who have completed payment must pass the General Workshop Safety (GWS) training.

Those who have passed the training in prior semesters do not need to retake it, unless it is deemed necessary by the Invention Lab staff on an individual basis.

Step 4: In Person Training

For the CITRIS Invention Lab, sign up for your in-person training CITRIS Invention Lab Training

Step 5: Expand you Skills

Once you have completed all the steps above,  you will be ready to start inventing! Your Maker Pass will activate on your Cal 1 Card within two business days. Maker Pass access is valid from the first day of instruction to the last day of the semester.

After getting your Maker Pass, you will be able to use the CITRIS Invention Lab during staffed operational hours.  You may also want to start taking trainings for additional equipment within the lab. All training is handled through bCourses and can be access using the link below:

Sign up for Laser Cutter Training

Sign up for PrintrBot 3D Printer Training

Jacobs Institute and CITRIS Invention Lab staff reserve the right to revoke Maker Passes as they see fit due to violations of safety, building or university rules, policies, and procedures.

Alumni Invention Lab Only Access

If you are Alumni (i.e. do not have a Cal1 ID Card), you may still be eligible for a CITRIS Invention Lab only pass.  This pass provides semester long access to the CITRIS Invention Lab.  The process is slightly different than the general Maker Pass. Follow the steps below to complete your access to Alumni Invention Lab only access.

Step 1 : Signup and Pay the Alumni usage Fee

Choose the fee payment option that best suits your situation. Alumni Invention Lab Pass ($125) cover usage related to courses, clubs, and independent projects, while the Alumni Research Invention Lab Pass ($225) covers usage related to research-lab-sponsored work.  The Research Invention Lab Pass also provides additional services and access to Invention Lab as described below. Signup forms are available in the Invention Lab and Payment can be made at the CITRIS Museum reception desk located on the 3rd floor of Sutardja Dai Hall.

  • Alumni Invention Lab Pass: $125
    • Pay in person via check/money order/cashier’s check
  • Research Invention Lab Pass: $225
    • Pay by departmental chart string form

Step 3: In Person Training

For the CITRIS Invention Lab, sign up for your in-person training CITRIS Invention Lab Training

Step 4: Expand you Skills

Once you have completed all the steps above,  you will be ready to start inventing!  You will be issued a special physical Alumni Invention Lab Pass that you must present to access the lab.  You will also be given a special Alumni Invention Lab login to use to individual machine access.

Like the Maker Pass, your Alumni Invention Lab Pass access is valid from the first day of instruction to the last day of the semester and provides access to the CITRIS Invention Lab during staffed operational hours.

Advantages of Research Level Access

Research Level Users gain additional access as described below:

  • Voxl8 Conductive 3D Printer
  • Fullsize Shopbot
  • Early exclusive lab access starting at 7:30 AM on weekdays
  • Schedulable One-on-one training with a Lab Manager (up to 2 hours/semester)