Open House : Fri 9 Sep 1-3PM

The CITRIS Invention Lab Where Your Imagination Takes Form Come join us as we re-boot the CITRIS Invention Lab for Fall 2016 with new equipment, new layout, and expanded staff. Friday 9 Sept 1– 3 PM 141 Sutardja Dai Hall Snacks++ The Invention Lab is located on the first floor of Sutardja Dai Hall in Room 141 at UC Berkeley and is open to the entire campus community of students, faculty, and staff. The Invention Lab is part of the Maker Pass system offered jointly with Jacobs Hall. Come launch your own semester of making! 

Invention Lab Open for Fall 2016

Come sign up and join the CITRIS Invention Lab for Fall 2016.  We're open and scheduling safety trainings.  We have a new Joint Maker Pass with Jacobs, a new simplified online store, and tools and space for making.

Fall 2016 Invention Lab Fellowship Application

The Invention Lab Fellowship application has been opened for Fall 2016.  Submissions Due 2 Sept: Let Fall 2016 be the semester of making! Eric Paulos Director, CITRIS Invention Lab

New Joint Maker Pass for Fall 2016

Clearing the path to innovation and making at UC Berkeley, two of the campus’ flagship facilities, the CITRIS Invention Lab and the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, are launching a new joint Maker Pass enabling seamless access across their maker communities. For the first time, starting in fall 2016, campus community members will be able to use a single pass to access both of these spaces for prototyping and fabrication. The new joint Maker Pass, open to Berkeley students, faculty, and staff, links Jacobs Hall, a 24,000-square-foot building opened in fall 2015 to support a range of design and making activities, with the…

Summer Fellowships

FELLOWSHIPS — APPLY BY 10 June 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. More information about the lab, equipment and opening hours is at 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…

Summer Session starts June 1

The Invention Lab will open for the summer session on June 1.  The Lab is traditionally less crowded so this is a great time to join to work on special projects.  The Lab has new equipment including the Trotec Speedy 400, a 130w large bed laser cutter which is an industrial cutter with speed and precision a step above the Universal machines. We are excited to announce the summer workshop series, one day events showcasing equipment, processes and skills. These are project based exercises with the goal of learning a specific skills with guided  instruction. The workshops include Laser Cutter Advanced Skills, Designing…

Lowering the Barrier to Entry at the CITRIS Invention Lab

  The Invention Lab strives to make prototyping accessible to all members by having state of the art professional  equipment and equipment that is designed with first time users in mind.  One of the most used CNC machine in the Lab is the Other Mill, A small, desktop mill that can create PCB's and other 2.5D objects in plastic, metals and wax. Recently the Other Machine Co, The San Francisco based company that makes the Othermill,  featured the Invention Lab on their website with interviews of students users and project photographs. .      


THE INVENTION LAB —  SPRING 2016 Welcome back to another exciting semester of Innovating and Making at the CITRIS Invention Lab!   The Invention Lab has re-opened for Spring 2016.  We are looking forward to some exciting new projects and people as well as welcoming new equipment including 8 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’re also very excited to announce several new features of the Invention Lab NEW PRICING Invention Lab Membership has been discounted this semester to the following two…

Sophie’s super hand

Born with symbrachydactyly, eight-year-old Sophie doesn’t have fully developed finger bones in her left hand, but with the help of a CITRIS Invention Lab team, she is the new user of a 3-D printed super hand. Learn more about Sophie's journey in this article published in Berkeley Engineering Magazine by Daniel McGlynn. [button type="qd_button btn_small" url="" target="" button_color_fon="#004e8c" ]Read the article[/button]

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.