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MakerLab

The MakerLab at Main Campus and the 3D Printing/Virtual Reality Lab at Romeoville Campus are both open to JJC and community members.

MakerLab


Create your next innovative project or invention in our labs. Whether you need to use a 3D printer, laser engraver or 3D scanner, our state-of-the-art equipment will take your projects to the next level!

MakerLab Location & Hours 

The MakerLab is located in T-1034 (T-Building). It is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m.

A MakerLab assistant will be available to help with any questions.

Romeoville 3D Printing Virtual Reality Lab

The MakerLab is excited to be a partner in opening a new lab at JJC's Romeoville Campus in RMA 1000 right by the lobby. The lab is available to JJC students, staff and faculty, as well as MakerLab members.​​​ 

Appointments for 3D printing are available Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Send an email to makerlab@jjc.edu to secure your spot. 

Days and times for virtual reality (ages 13 and up) vary week to week. Send an email to ccase@jjc.edu to schedule an appointment. 

If you happen to be at the Romeoville Campus and see that the lab is open, stop in and check us out!

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MakerLab Basics

  • What is a MakerLab?

    A MakerLab is an open community lab that includes elements from machine shops, workshops, design studios and collaborative spaces. MakerLabs encourage innovation. These spaces are unique because not only do lab users have access to tools, but they have access to each other's skills and knowledge.

    Resources include:

    • 3D Printers: Filament (FDM) and Resin (SLA)
    • A variety of different colors of filament
    • Laser Engraver
    • 3D Scanner with Turntable
    • Vinyl Cutter
    • 3D Large Format Printer
    • Sewing Machines
    • Soldering Stations
    • And More!

     

    MAKERLAB MACHINE & RESOURCE GUIDE

  • Become a Member

    Become a Member

    Want to have even more access to the MakerLab so you can utilize the equipment to work on your own projects? Members have access to the MakerLab during open lab hours, but reservations are required. Hours of operation are Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m.

    Current Prices

    Month: $40
    Quarter: $100
    Year: $200
    Current JJC Employee Annual: $150
    Current JJC Student Semester: $50 (The student fee includes a $20 credit to be used toward material fees.)

    Additional fees apply for materials.  

    Become a Member

    Release Form for Ages 16 or Younger

     

  • MakerLab Material Fees

    To help keep the cost of memberships low, we charge a nominal fee for any materials you use while in the MakerLab. Please contact the MakerLab for more information regarding the current fees. You will be invoiced for your material fees. If you have received an invoice, please click the button below to pay your fees.

    Members can bring their own materials, but they must be approved by staff first.

    Pay for MakerLab Materials

  • Appointments Required

    Make an Appointment to Visit

    Please make an appointment to visit the MakerLab. Note: Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

    To Make an Appointment:

    1. Email Debra Daun at ddaun@jjc.edu
    2. Submit two preferred times to use the MakerLab, including start and end time.
    3. If you will be attending with a minor, list all names of each person who will attend the appointment.
    4. You will receive a confirmation email.

  • Take a Tour

    We are always happy to show you or your group around the MakerLab. Contact Debra Daun at (815) 280-6679 or ddaun@jjc.edu for more information or to request a tour.

  • Custom Work

    If your schedule is packed, but you need an item created, we can do it for you! No membership is required. Contact us at makerlab@jjc.edu to discuss your project and to obtain a quote. 

    Project Pricing*

    • 3D Scanning: $75 per hour
    • Laser Cutting: $50 per hour
    • 3D Modeling: $75 per hour
    • 3D Printing: Varies by project. Please request a quote

     

    These prices are only a starting point. Every project is priced individually. We take into account the cost of materials, amount of hands-on time and machine usage. For an exact cost of your project, please contact us for a quote at makerlab@jjc.edu. 

    *Please note: Our prices are considered quite reasonable for the industry, however, our turnaround may be slower than what you may expect. Deadlines are dependent on MakerLab priorities of community and student access.


     

MakerLab Classes and Events

After taking a break from classes over the summer, we are offering a variety of NEW classes and events for kids and adults this fall. MakerLab class offerings can be viewed in the current Community & Continuing Education catalog or in the tabs below.

  • 3D Printing/Virtual Reality Lab Open House

    3D Printing/Virtual Reality Lab Open House

    Explore all that you can do with 3D printing and virtual reality in Romeoville! JJC employees will be on hand to discuss your project ideas and help you become familiar with the lab's equipment. Registration for this free event is appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome.

    Fall | Wednesday, Sept. 6 | 5-7 p.m. | Romeoville Campus | Free

    REGISTER NOW

  • Build a 3D Printer Class

    Build a 3D Printer Free Information Session

    There will be a mandatory free information session to allow students to meet with the instructor, review course objectives and ask specific questions before enrolling.

    Fall | Wednesday, Sept. 6 | 7-8 p.m. | Romeoville Campus | Free

    REGISTER NOW

    Build a 3D Printer (LLC 5895)

    In this hands-on class, participants will assemble a basic 3D printer with full guidance from an experienced instructor. Topics will cover how to maintain and operate the machine as well as the basics of 3D printing. Each student will take home their assembled 3D printer and a full roll of filament. No prior experience is required. There will be a mandatory free information on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. Enrollment for the build course will not open until after the info session. Kits will be ordered after registration closes; no refunds will be issued after the order is placed. Please email makerlab@jjc.edu if you have any questions or can't attend the information session and would still like to build a printer.

    Fall | Wednesdays, Sept. 10-Oct. 11 | 6-9 p.m. | Romeoville Campus | $386

    Registration will open after the free information session for those students who attend or make arrangements with the class instructor. 

  • Kids College 3D Printing Classes

    3D-Printed Card Models: Halloween (LLC 1232)

    A 3D-printing class for the whole family! Each adult/child team will learn how to 3D print a Halloween-themed model card kit to assemble. While it's printing, teams will receive a pre-printed kit to assemble and paint in class. *Please Note: Each paid registration covers one adult and one child from the same household. Additional family members may register at the reduced price of $10 per person. Please call (815) 280-1555 to register an additional family member.

    Fall | Monday, Oct. 16 | 6-9 p.m. | Ages 8 and Up | Romeoville Campus | $54*

    REGISTER NOW

    3D Print a Holiday Cookie Cutter (LLC 1220)

    Join us for some festive, 3D printing holiday fun! Students will get to choose, create and 3D print a holiday-themed cookie cutter. Holiday Special: Register for Ho Ho Ho and Cookie Dough! (LLC 1225) on Dec. 11 to put your 3D-printed cookie cutter to the test. Students who register for both classes will receive $10 off.

    Fall | Monday, Dec. 4 | 5-7 p.m. | Ages 8-14 | Romeoville Campus | $25

    REGISTER NOW

  • Project-Based 3D-Printing Classes

    3D Print a Puzzle (LLC 1236)

    In the first session, create your own maze puzzle using pre-designed 3D models and tweaking them to your preferences in TinkerCAD. In the second session, 3D print and assemble the project, then take it home to aMAZE your friends and family! Please Note: Students must register for a free Autodesk TickerCAD account to participate in the class.

    Fall | Mondays, Aug. 21 & 28 | 6-9 p.m. | Romeoville Campus | $54

    REGISTER NOW

    3D-Printed Earrings (LLC 1238)

    Jewelry is the perfect way to show off your 3D-printing skills! In this class, you'll select an earring design and print it on the 3D printers. While that pair prints, you'll decorate a second pair of pre-printed earrings with paint, crystals and other decorative components. By the end of class, you'll take home two pairs of personalized earrings!

    Fall | Monday, Sept. 11 | 6-9 p.m. | Romeoville Campus | $39

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    3D-Printed Halloween Cemetery (LLC 1331)

    Create a spooky cemetery with black cats, entry gate, headstones, scary trees and ghosts. Prefer something spooky or a little cuter? It's up to you! Painting supplies will be available to add the finishing touches. 

    Fall | Mondays, Oct. 16 & 23 | 5-8 p.m. | Main Campus | $70

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    Create a Tool/Remote Holder (LLC 1242)

    Keep your remote control safe and sound with a customized holder. During this 2-day class, you'll be introduced to the basics of 3D modeling with TinkerCAD by creating a basic design for your remote holder and customizing it to your needs. In the second session, you'll 3D print the project. Please Note: Students must register for a free Autodesk TinkerCAD account to participate in the class.

    Fall | Wednesdays, Nov. 8 & 15 | 6-9 p.m. | Romeoville Campus | $54

    REGISTER NOW

    3D-Printed Snowflake (LLC 1333)

    Model your own snowflake to 3D print in class. These prints can be used for festive earrings, holiday ornaments or window decorations. Please Note: Students must register for a free Autodesk TinkerCAD account to participate in the class. 

    Fall | Monday, Nov. 27 | 5-8 p.m. | Main Campus | $35

    REGISTER NOW

    3D-Printed Christmas Village (LLC 1224)

    Create a glowing Christmas village. Make a custom mini village with buildings, snow, decorative accents and fairy lights. Painting supplies will be available to add the finishing touch to your project.

    Fall | Wednesdays, Dec. 6 & 13 | 5-8 p.m. | Main Campus | $70

    REGISTER NOW

More Information

  • COVID-19 Update

    In the event of important deadlines or class dates changing due to COVID-19, please visit JJC's COVID FAQ page for the most up-to-date information. All continuing education courses will follow JJC's COVID-19 precautions.

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