Facilities and Resources

Jackson Family Innovation Studio

The Jackson Family Innovation Studio is an ideal area for both undergraduate and graduate students to gain hands-on experience. The studio aims to provide modern fabrication techniques and services to the MechSE Department. Located at 0100 Sidney Lu Mechanical Engineering Building, the operation represents a large portion of the MechSE MakerWorks laboratory complex in the Lu MEB.

Innovation Studio

Metal 3D Printing Laboratory

Housed in Professor Katie Matlack's Wave Propagation and Metamaterials Lab, the Metal 3D Printing Laboratory boasts the ExOne Innovent+® metal 3D printer to fabricate sintered stainless steel parts or stainless steel parts that are infiltrated with bronze. This binder-jet additive manufacturing technology is well suited for parts with complex geometries and internal cavities that are difficult or impossible to create with traditional machining methods. Visit the lab's website to learn more about its capabilities and to place an order. 

metal 3D printed object

Machine Shop

The MechSE Machine Shop, located in Mechanical Engineering Lab, is open for walk-in consultations, questions, and other assistance (during regular hours) in making your design plans a reality.  Read about the great team running the Machine Shop. Email mechse-shop@illinois.edu or visit 1121 Mechanical Engineering Lab to get started on your project. 

Rapid Prototyping Lab

The Ford Concurrent Design and Manufacturing Laboratory, also known as the Rapid Prototyping Lab, provides undergraduate and graduate students access to some of the most up-to-date manufacturing technologies currently in use, which are rarely found in an academic laboratory. 

Ford Concurrent Design and Manufacturing Lab

MNMS Cleanroom

The Micro-Nano-Mechanical Systems Cleanroom Laboratory provides an opportunity for research and discovery that is otherwise unattainable in a typical lab setting. The Cleanroom is a 3800 sq. ft suite of labs and related support rooms, including two cleanroom laboratories for research in the design and fabrication of small-scale mechanical systems. The lab supports research and instruction in the general area of micro- and nano-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS & NEMS), and nano-chemical-electrical-mechanical-manufacturing systems (Nano-CEMMS). The current focus is on devices employing nano-to-microscale mechanisms and the integration of these mechanisms into meso-scale devices.

The MNMS laboratory has class 100 and 10 cleanrooms for the microfabrication, inspection, and testing of devices.

Located in Sidney Lu Mechanical Engineering Building, it offers an impressive list of equipment available for scheduled use.

MNMS Cleanroom

To propose a project or learn more,
contact Senior Design Project Coordinator Steve Zahos. 

Steve Zahos
Senior Design Project Coordinator
152 Computing Applications Building
605 E. Springfield Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820
217-300-6798
szahos@illinois.edu