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The Makers Lab at UCSF

The Makers Lab is closed until further notice due to COVID-19. We offer 3D printing support via curbside pickup for projects pertaining to UCSF teaching, learning, and research. Read more about the 3D printing curbside service. The Makers Lab continues to offer pop-ups and consultations via Zoom.

From 3D printing to textile crafting, the Makers Lab provides the UCSF community with hands-on access to tools and environments that foster interdisciplinary collaboration and discovery. We invite educators, tinkerers, and inventors to unleash their natural creativity. Attend an event, reserve equipment, and start turning your idea into reality today!

Reserve equipment for your next idea

To learn more about the Makers Lab, getting started with 3D printing, and equipment specs and resources, visit the Help Center.

Innovate. De-stress.

The Makers Lab is a creative outlet for the UCSF community to explore new technologies, receive training and support, prevent burnout, and minimize stress. This helps to spark new solutions for both new and old challenges found in the health sciences through interprofessional collaboration.

Keep up with the maker movement at UCSF

Attend a pop-up to expand your skills, learn how to operate equipment, and connect with the UCSF community. Be prepared for hands-on activities, demos, best practices, and a lot of fun. Can’t make it to a scheduled pop-up? On-demand recordings are available. If you have an idea for a pop-up you would like to lead or suggest, contact the Makers Lab.

Get inspired by reading published work from the Makers Lab. Please acknowledge the Makers Lab and Makers Lab staff in publications and contact us when your Makers Lab supported work is published.

Meet our Makers Lab experts

Dylan Romero

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Expertise: curriculum integration, group events, and emerging technologies

Jenny Tai

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Expertise: 3D printing, emerging technologies, and project guidance

Aira Lipson

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Expertise: sewing demos, workshops, and crafting

Scott Drapeau

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Expertise: product design, CAD modeling, manufacturing, and project guidance

The Makers Manifesto

Break the ice

Introduce yourself to other makers in the space. You never know who you'll meet and what you'll learn.

Care and share

Respect the space and each other. Refrain from eating in the lab and clean up after yourself. Report broken equipment or tools.

Fail (at least a little)

We’re here to create and experiment. Ask questions if you’re not sure how something works and take your time.

Boldly go where no one has gone before

Be innovative. Respect copyright, patent, and trademark law and refrain from making dangerous or illegal items.

The Makers Lab was such an important place of mindfulness and creativity for me during this year of medical school. I would not have made it through this year nearly as happily if it were not for you guys!
MD Candidate, School of Medicine
I am thankful to be at an institution that values creative exploration and innovation. The UCSF Makers Lab is an example of investment in expansive thinking, and it is a real pleasure to be part of our maker community.
MD Candidate, School of Medicine
The collaborative interaction with the Makers Lab is a great model for how groups with diverse skills and expertise can come together to identify and implement innovative solutions that benefit UCSF researchers, faculty, and patients.
UCSF Researcher

3D Printing for Research and Education

The UCSF Department of Anatomy and Makers Lab support the Advanced 3D Printing elective. This matches a UCSF student with a faculty or researcher to produce a 3D printed project for patient education, simulation, or research.

Make things happen

As we discover more applications for 3D printing across UCSF, the Makers Lab will need more materials to keep “making.” Join us, make a gift, and help us support the making community at UCSF.

Get in touch

Have a question? Need a tip? You can find a host a helpful articles in our Help Center. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, we’re happy to help. Contact us.

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530 Parnassus Avenue, room 345
Monday–Friday, from 10am–6pm