Welcome to the Innovation Floor 

Monday – Friday 8am to 10pm

Saturday – Sunday 12pm to 10pm

ECS Building Room 107

Creativity | Collaboration | Innovation


3D Printers & Accessories

Learn More About 3D Printing HERE!

3D PrintersMakerBot Replicator +

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Afinia H800 & H480

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Lulzbot TAZ 5

Lulzbot TAZ 4

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Stratasys Uprint SE+Stratasys uPrint SE +

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FlashForge Creater Pro

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FlashForge Dreamer

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FlashForge Finder 3D Printer

FlashForge Finder

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Ultimaker 3 ExtendedUltimaker 3

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da Vinci 1.0 Pro

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da Vinci 3D Printing Penda Vinci 3D Printing Pen

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mark-two-3dprinter_webMarkForged Mark Two

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Fortus 450mc

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SCA-1200HT Support Material Removal System

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Laser Engraver


Epilog Fusion M2

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CNC Router

shopbot_web-mini-enclosure_sm copy Shopbot Desktop with Full Enclosure

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Vacuum Thermoformer

Formtech 508DT Vacuum Thermoformer

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3D Scanner

Occipital Structure 3D Scanner

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Sewing Machine

Juki DDL 8100e

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Educational Building Kits & Soldering

Lego Mindstorms Education EV3 Core SetLEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Core Set

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littleBits Workshop SetlittleBits Workshop Set

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Arduino_mega2560_web Arduino Mega2560 Kit

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Raspberry Pi 2 Starter Kit 1300_web CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3

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soldering iron_web Weller WTCPT-ND Soldering Iron

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Hakko FA-400 Solder Smoke Absorber

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Canon EOS Rebel t5iCanon EOS Rebel t5i

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FotodioX LED Studio-in-a-Box 24in.FotodioX LED Studio-in-a-Box (24″)

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Magnus VT 4000 TripodMagnus VT 4000 Tripod

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Additional Tools

3.5X-90X Stereo Zoom Microscope

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1/8 HP Vacuum & Pressure Pump

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drill_press_16N196_AS01Dayton Bench Drill Press

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scroll_saw_38UK50_AS01_webDayton Scroll Saw 38UK50

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Also Available:

  • Vacuum bagging & supplies for composite layups
  • Heat Gun
  • Orbital Sander
  • Various hand tools
  • and more!

Sign up for a WORKSHOP!

The Innovation Floor, a makerspace/innovation lab in the new Ritchie School building, offers workshops to train students, faculty and staff in the use of its 3D printers and laser engraver.

Click on events to find out more!

Please note that procedures governing the use of the Innovation Floor equipment are subject to change.  The Innovation Floor is not responsible for any projects that are damaged, lost, or stolen. Currently, there is no sign-up process to schedule use of the equipment.  First come, first served.  As the demand for equipment use increases, a scheduling procedure will be implemented.    

3D Printers



The Innovation Floor’s 3D printers may be used only for lawful purposes. The public will not be permitted to use the 3D printers to create material that is:

  • Prohibited by local, state, or federal law.
  • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others. (Such use may violate the terms of use of the manufacturer.)
  • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the DU environment.
  • In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.
  • For commercial manufacturing – The equipment can be used for prototyping new commercial ventures, but not for manufacturing runs.

Cost: There is no cost to use the 3D printing capabilities inside the Innovation Floor at this time, but a fee structure may be imposed in the future to cover the printing costs depending on material usage.

  • The Innovation Floor staff reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
  • When removing parts from a tray, try to avoid using knives or scrapers. Attempt twisting part off the tray to break loose.
    • If you must use a knife or scraper, always push away from yourself.  Never put your hand or any part of your body in the potential path of the sharp object. Wear gloves.

Laser Engraver

Laser Cutter

  • Only cut and/or engrave materials on the approved materials list. Certain materials such as PVC, ABS, and Fiberglass emit toxic gases and must not be cut or etched under any circumstances!
  • If you would like to use a material not on the safe materials list in the Laser-Cutting and Engraving handbook available in the Innovation Floor, consult an employee.
  • Do not leave a job unattended!

Sewing Machine

Sewing Machine

  • Be conscious of where you are pushing the material you are sewing.  Keep hands out of the path of the needle!

Soldering Iron

Soldering Iron

  • Always use the silicone pad to change the tip, even if you think the iron is cold. Do not touch the tip of the iron!
  • Wash your hands after you are done soldering or wear gloves during soldering.
  • Use the soldering exhaust hood when soldering.
  • Always wear eye protection.

Visit these local maker supply locations or click here to view the full list of resources >>


Austin Hardwoods 975 W. Mississippi Avenue Denver, CO 80223 (303) 733 – 1292 Stock and sheet, Molding, Veneer


Denver Industrial Plastics 4719 S Santa Fe Circle Unit 6 Englewood, CO 80110 (303) 595 – 4432 Materials, Sign Making, Lettering


Altitude Steel 1401 Umatilla Street Denver, CO 80204 (303) 534 – 7075 Mild Steel, Stainless Steel, Structural Steel, Aluminum

Learn More About 3D Printing HERE!

Can I reserve equipment?

Currently, use of the equipment is a first come, first served basis with priority given to students in the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science.

When is the Innovation Floor Open?

Monday – Friday 8am to 10pm Saturday Sunday 12pm to 10pm

Can I check out Tools or Equipment?

Yes!  With valid identification and Innovation Floor manager approval.

 Who owns the Intellectual Property (IP) created in the Innovation Floor?

You do!  As a general rule, students, faculty, staff and the community will own the things that they create. If you create something on your own time, using DU resources that are accessible and common to everyone, that creation belongs to you. Additionally, anything that you create as an ordinary part of class (essays, poems, presentations, etc.) belongs to you as well. If your work in class is part of sponsored research project, you will own your creations unless the sponsor of the research project has made a different agreement.

Entrepreneurial Projects

The Innovation Floor is the perfect place to work on that next new invention whether it be a new autonomous vehicle design, new type of clothing, or even a personal project like a jewelry box for mother’s day.

Sewing Workshop
Sewing Workshop
Examining the latest 3D prints
Examining the latest 3D prints

Curricular Use

The Innovation Floor can be used to support project-based curriculum.  Students who are in courses that involve experiential/hands-on learning elements or group activities should consider using the Innovation Floor as their meeting area.  In addition to the MakerSpace, the Innovation Floor also has an incubator with small group pods and teleconferencing capabilities.

Event Space

The Innovation Floor consists of an Incubator, Makerspace, Gaming/Presentation Center, and a group work area equipped with large LCD screens.  Any of these spaces can be booked for free for Maker related events of any DU organization.  Contact Program Manager, Michael Caston, at Michael.Caston@du.edu for availability.

The Innovation Floor is a collaborative space for all disciplines.
The Innovation Floor is a collaborative space for all disciplines.



The Innovation Floor holds workshops weekly on a wide range of maker-related topics including:

  • 3D printing
  • Laser Engraving
  • Soldering
  • Textiles
  • Composites
  • and more!

Check out the events calendar to see what is available and to pre-register.  Spaces are limited.

Composite Plastics Workshop
Composite Plastics Workshop

Student Work


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Michael Caston

Michael is the Manager of the Innovation Floor.  He is also an industrial design and engineering faculty member teaching courses in product development, marketing, and entrepreneurship.  Michael is a partner in the multi-disciplinary design firm, CAMIC designs LLC.

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Ethan Templin

Ethan is a third year Mechanical Engineering major working to expand his background in 3D printing, design, and entrepreneurship.



Gia Ngo

Gia is a 4th year Biochemistry Major interested in expanding her knowledge on 3D printing and design.


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Christopher Fox

Christopher is a first year Mechanical Engineering student working on learning the ways of bringing people into the innovation floor and to create an interactive environment.


Carter Rhode

Carter Rhodes

Carter is a 3rd year Mechanical Engineering major. He is interested in rock climbing and also climbing rocks. Always happy to help out in the Makerspace.


Contact Us

Innovation Floor

University of Denver

Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science

Michael.Caston@du.edu / 303-871-6509

Mailing address:

Attn: Michael Caston

Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science

University of Denver

2155 E. Wesley Ave. #107

Denver, CO 80208

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Chris Rathel

Chris is a 3rd year video game design student from Kershaw, SC. He is big into 3D modeling and character creation. If you want to learn to create your own 3D projects let him know and he will be happy to help.

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Brian Cogger

Brian is a 4th year student studying jazz, trumpet and Spanish. He is interested in expanding youth education opportunities in music, engineering, and other arts and sciences.



Luke Bonaize

Luke studies International Business at DCB. He wants to meet and work with students on innovative projects.


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Stephanie Melgar

Stephanie is a 4th year Biology and Psychology student working to expand her knowledge on 3D printing and laser engraving.


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Emily Greenfield

Emily Greenfield is an International Security graduate student at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. She received her undergraduate degree in International Affairs from the University of Georgia in 2012. She has two dogs; their names’ are Shoelace and Carl.