Super User

The Carver Innovation Center offers regularly scheduled orientations and workshops, which will train you to safely and expertly use center’s equipment for your projects. Topics include:

 

  • Carver Innovation Center Orientation
  • Machine Specific Safety and Operation Orientations
  • Design Thinking for Innovation
  • Basic Freehand Sketching for 3D Printing and Product Creation
  • Design for 3D Printing
  • Building with a Laser Cutter
  • Creating Graphics for Vinyl Cutting

Click here to view the schedule of upcoming Workshops!

Everyone is welcome to use the Makerspace; however, Carver Innovation Center (CIC) customers must reserve use of specific tools/technology (3D printer, laser cutter, etc.) in advance. Reservations will be held for ten minutes. However, customers may stay longer if there is no demand for the equipment at the end of their time slot. Reservations can be made in person, by phone at 708-697-6250, or by sending an email to Make a Reservation

 

Makerspace customers ages 15 and older may use the Makerspace without adult supervision.
Makerspace customers ages 14 and younger must have a parent/guardian with them at all times.

 

To use the Makerspace, a customer must register at the Reception and must leave one of the following forms of identification and have a method of payment on file:

  • Driver's License
  • Passport
  • State or Military ID
  • School ID

 

Carver Innovation Center Hours

  • Monday – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
  • Tuesday – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
  • Thursday – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

*Workshops are typically held in the evenings and on Saturdays. However, if no workshops are scheduled, customers may schedule use of equipment by prior arrangement only.

 

The Carver Innovation Center will be locked when not in use

  • Tools and equipment are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Makerspace tools must be returned in the same condition in which they were received
  • CIC does not accept responsibility if a project is destroyed, does not print correctly or does not work
  • The Carver Innovation Center reserves the right to halt, delete, or disallow the creation of items that violate our policies, including the creation of weapons, pornography, or illegal items.
  • Only CIC computers may be connected to center’s equipment, i.e., the 3D printer, laser cutter, etc.
  • Projects must be approved by staff before the use of the 3D printers, laser cutter, etc. and all customers must complete either a safety orientation or a training class to use equipment independent of staff assistance
  • Water in covered containers or bottles is allowed in the Makerspace. Food is not allowed.
  • All equipment available in the Makerspace must stay within the center. It is the responsibility of the customer to delete and/or remove any files (digital or print) from the center equipment in the Makerspace. CIC is not responsible for equipment or files (digital or print) left behind by customers.
  • Center staff will provide assistance in using the equipment and software. All supplies, equipment, or furniture must remain in the Makerspace.
  • The co-working and makerspace user accepts financial responsibility for any and all damage caused to the building and/or equipment beyond normal wear. The cardholder will be responsible for any charge incurred by his or her group.
  • Customers must save their work on an external flash drive

Laser Cutting is a non-contact process which utilizes a laser to cut materials, resulting in high quality, dimensionally accurate cuts. The process works by directing the laser beam through a nozzle to the workpiece. A combination of heat and pressure creates the cutting action. The material melts, burns, vaporizes or is blown away by a jet of gas, leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish.

 

Laser Technology Benefits

Multi-Material - Process an endless number of materials (except PVC)
Multi-Process - Cut, engrave, mark and produce photo images in one step. Non-Contact - Modity material without applying any physical force.
On-Demand - Produce everything you need in real time, without waiting for hard-tooling.

 

Laser Cutting Video (see how it works)

 

Pricing

Plan TypeOne-DayTen-Day PassMonthly Pass
  $.75 per minute $.75 per minute $.25 per minute

 

Make a Reservation

Access Rates

The Carver Innovation Center entrance rates provide access to our co-working space and maker space and use of equipment must be scheduled in advance

One-Day PassTen-Day PassMonthly
$25 $150 $300
Valid Day of Issue Valid 30 Days Valid 30 days

 

Equipment Rates - 3D Printer

PLAABS-M30ASA
$3.00 per cubic inch $5.00 per cubic inch $6.00 per cubic inch

 

Vinyl Cutter

Plan TypeOne-DayTen-Day PassMonthly Pass
Our Material $5.00 per foot $5.00 per foot $3.00 per foot
Your Material $.75 per minute $.75 per minute $.25 per minute

 

Universal Laser Cutter

Plan TypeOne-DayTen-Day PassMonthly Pass
  $.75 per minute $.75 per minute $.25 per minute

 

 

***Day-Use access users will receive a $25 credit for projects that exceed $50

*** Monthly access fee includes mailbox, voicemail, and access to conference rooms for 20 hours per month. Conference room hours do not roll over and will expire at the end of each month.

 

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The Roland CAMM-1 SERVO GX-24 vinyl cutter is the ultimate companion for print and cuts jobs with its built-in optical registration system that accurately aligns pre-printed material for contour cutting. The GX-24 comes fully loaded with everything you need to create professional-grade graphics and signs right on your desktop. Under the hood, the digital servomotor drives the cutter with maximum accuracy on anything from reflective vinyl and paint mask, to twill, heat transfer and sandblast material. A built-in curve smoothing function ensures precision cutting even at top speeds of up to 20 inches per second — 25 percent faster than its predecessor. Moreover, when it comes to ease-of-operation, the GX-24 wins over even vinyl cutting rookies in seconds. Use the included CutStudioTM drawing software to create incredible graphics for banners, vehicles, store displays, point-of-purchase materials, informational signs, backlit displays and more.

 

GX-24 Vinyl Cutting 1st Video (see how it works)

GX-24 Vinyl Cutting 2nd Video (see how it works)

 

Pricing

Plan TypeOne-DayTen-Day PassMonthly Pass
Our Material $5.00 per foor $5.00 per foot $3.00 per foot
Your Material $.75 per minute $.75 per minute $.25 per minute

 

Make a Reservation

This series combines powerful FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling,) technology with design-to-print GrabCAD software for the most versatile and intelligent solution available. Produce highly accurate and reliable prototypes for concept verification, design validation, and functional performance. The F123 Series lets you print everything from fast, low-cost concept models to durable assemblies. It also features the option of up to three different materials along with easy-to-remove support. Creating functional prototypes with multiple layers and build sizes is more efficient than ever before. You can create complex parts and assemblies with no compromise on accuracy, detail, and repeatability. Even for your earliest design iterations, you can expect quality and dependability based on the variety of printing materials

 

PLA - Economical and User-Friendly, PLA, a thermoplastic made from renewable resources, produces quick, economical design concepts. PLA offers fast printing, good tensile strength, and a high stiffness ratio, and requires less heat and power to print parts.
ABS-M30 - ABS-M30 for 3D printing with FDM technology is ideal for concept models and moderate requirement parts including functional prototypes, jigs, fixtures, manufacturing tools and production parts.
ASA - Mechanical Strength, UV Stable FDM Material, Outdoor-use production parts benefit from the strength, color choice and UV resistance of ASA material. From electrical housings and brackets to sporting goods and automotive prototypes, ASA’s ease of use also makes it a great choice for iterative design.

 

Strarasys Professional 3D Printing 1st Video (see how it works)

Strarasys Professional 3D Printing 2nd Video (see how it works)

 

Pricing

Plan TypePLAABS-M30ASA
  $3.00 per cubic inch $5.00 per cubic inch $6.00 per cubic inch

 

Make a Reservation

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