CREATIVITY | COLLABORATION | INNOVATION
The Innovation Floor is a center for experiential learning consisting of a fully equipped makerspace, incubator, and event space open to all DU students, faculty, and staff. Our mission is to facilitate creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship through interdisciplinary collaboration at the University of Denver.
Innovation Floor Podcast
Innovation Floor Policies
Currently, the makerspace is open to:
- DU students
- DU faculty
- DU staff
The Innovation Floor also supports several DU sponsored activities for the local community. If you are not a DU student or staff/faculty member but are interested in engaging with the Innovation Floor, email us at Michael.Caston@du.edu
Our open hours change often throughout the academic year. Please check the top of the homepage of the website for our most current hours of operation.
Use of the Innovation Floor equipment is a privilege, not a right. Failure to follow safety and use policies can result in a loss of privileges.
In the Innovation Floor, you can make anything you can imagine- as long as it's NOT:
- Prohibited by local, state, or federal law.
- Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others.
- Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the DU environment.
- In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the 3D 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.
In an effort to remain accessible and lower the barrier to entry, you do not have to attend any official training to use the equipment in the Innovation Floor. We have developed quick-start manuals, "how to" videos, and have staff on hand to facilitate use of the equipment. However, attending a workshop is highly recommended. We hold frequent workshops around the use of the 3D printers, laser engraver, etc. For use of the woods lab, training is mandatory. Please check our calendar on the website for workshop dates and to sign up.
Reserving time on the equipment
Currently, all equipment is on a first-come-first-serve basis. This may change at a future point when demand exceeds supply.
Have an idea and would like some professional help? The Innovation Floor is working to develop a student consultancy. For more information please email Michael.Caston@du.edu with details about your project.
In case of a serious emergency, immediately turn OFF all equipment, dial 911, and contact an innovation floor staff member. All injuries should be reported to Michael.Caston@du.edu
The woods lab has extensive safety and use policies. These are gone over in great detail and reinforced during woods lab training. Contact Evan.Mues@du.edu for details.
3D Printer Policies
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Be conscious of where you are pushing the material you are sewing. Keep hands out of the path of the needle!
- 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.
These are projects created with some of the equipment at the Innovation Floor
This is a project example that Shane Allen created for the Physics Lab using some of the equipment in the Innovation Floor.
Resources at a Glance
975 W. Mississippi Avenue
Denver, CO 80223
M – F 7:30am – 5pm, Sat 7:30am – 1pm
(303) 733 – 1292 Wood stock and sheet, Molding, Veneer
1401 Umatilla St.
Denver, CO 80204
M – F 8am – 4pm, Sat 8am – 11am
(303) 534 – 7075 Mild Steel, Stainless Steel, Structural Steel, Aluminum
4211 S Natches Ct.
Englewood, CO 80110
M – F 7:30am – 5pm
(303) 781 – 1171 Composites, Acrylics, Silicon, Molding Supplies, Tools