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

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="http://engineering.berkeley.edu/magazine/fall-2015/sophies-super-hand" 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.  

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="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cycle-for-science" 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="http://makezine.com/2015/02/02/control-a-robot-arm-with-your-brain/" 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…