Laser cutter reservations not available

Due to the fact that the laser cutter is in high demand reservations can not be placed on the machine.  There is a sign up list in the Lab for laser cutter use on a first com first serve basis and we are limiting each user to 20 mins in order to allow everyone who needs access a chance to use the machine.  The laser cutter in Jacobs Hall is up and running for classes held there so please check the availability.  

Art & Technology in the Invention Lab

Invention Lab Member and Fellowship recipient Lark Buckingham (who can be found most days in the lab iterating on one of her various projects) is presenting her work at The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition. Lark has used the lab to help integrate physical computing and interactivity into her art practice.  She is creating a family of desktop and wearable devices whose application of heart data point to a near future where big data analysis could decode the black box of human emotion. The design projects (with accompanying performance and film) use heart rate sensors to explore the shrinking…

Fall Semester at the Invention Lab

After a great summer, the Lab is gearing up for a very busy Fall semester.  Lab Director Eric Paulos shared his thoughts on the new semester: Welcome back to another exciting semester of Innovating and Making at the CITRIS Invention Lab!   The Invention Lab will re-open for Fall 2015 on Wed 26 August 2015.  We are looking forward to some exciting new projects and people as well as new equipment including 5 new 3D Printers supporting new flexible materials, dual extrusion, PET+, as well as a new high power, larger format laser cutter, and much much more. We are looking…

Cycle for Science

Check out Invention Lab Member Rachel Wood-Robinson's Indiegogo Campaign: Cycle for Science! They're biking across the country and teaching science along the way with the Sol Cycle, a miniature, 3D-printable, solar-powered bicycle made in the Invention Lab! [button type="qd_button btn_small" url="" target="on" button_color_fon="rgb(111, 201, 34)" ]Learn More[/button]

Make Magazine: Control This Robot Arm – With Your Brain

Invention Lab member Tomas Vega's project, Mind Kinetics, was recently featured on Make Magazine. Check it out! [button type="qd_button btn_small" url="" target="on" button_color_fon="rgb(88, 179, 0)" ]Read More[/button]

Apply for a Fall 2015 Invention Lab Fellowship

  The CITRIS Invention Lab in 141 Sutardja Dai Hall provides prototyping resources such as 3D printing, laser cutting, soldering stations, hand and power tools. The lab is open to the entire UC Berkeley community, including students, staff, faculty and alumni, to work on projects outside of formal classes. The Invention Lab Fellowship is a merit-based program for students that will cover the registration fee for the semester. Fellowship recipients and their projects will also be highlighted on our web site and in media coverage of the lab. We will award up to 15 fellowships based on a combination of…

Interactive Seating Design Competition in Spring 2015

COURSE NUMBER: DES INV 190 (CCN#18403) | 2 units WHEN/WHERE: Spring Semester 2015 | Fridays, 10 – noon Invention Lab | 141 Sutardja Dai Hall FACULTY: Greg Niemeyer (BCNM+ART), Robert Full (IB), Björn Hartmann (EECS) For this class, student innovators from a wide variety of majors (art, design, engineering and more) work in teams to tackle the challenge of building smart seating. A smart chair might proactively improve posture, sense vital signs through the seat, adjust to put couples at eye level, or do something only you imagine. Designs merge physical form and digital function, aesthetics and intelligence; successful projects…

Invention Lab fellows launch Indiegogo campaign, raise $1m+

Invention Lab fellows Wenqing Yan and Victoria Hu launched an IndieGoGo campaign for AxentWear, their custom headphones. They already raised $1.3m in the first three weeks of their campaign. We're looking forward to a successful product launch.

Apply for a Fall 2014 Invention Lab Fellowship

We are continuing our merit-based student fellowship program this semester. The fellowship covers the registration fee for the fall semester. Fellowship recipients and their projects will also be highlighted on our web site and in media coverage of the lab. We will award up to 15 fellowships based on a combination of compelling project proposals for this semester and a track record of successful past projects. To apply, complete our online application form by Friday, Sep 12th, 5:00PM (You must be logged in with your Berkeley Google Docs account to access this form.) All current undergraduate and graduate students enrolled…

Congresswoman Barbara Lee visits the Invention Lab

Our representative, congresswoman Barbara Lee, toured the Invention Lab today as part of a visit to learn about Berkeley's activities in innovation and advanced manufacturing. Invention Lab students and foundry teams showed off projects on low-cost air quality sensing, handheld CNC tools, and bio-inspired robots. Lab staff also put rapid prototyping into action by sketching, designing, fabricating and assembling a memento for the visit - all in the space of an afternoon. More details in Rep. Lee's press release and on the CITRIS News page.