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Innovation Floor Podcast

Take a listen to this 20 minute podcast guest starring none other than the innovation floor's very own Michael Caston, as he discusses how he got where he is today and what takes place on the innovation floor with Managing Director of XITE, Nina Sharma and Student Innovation Fellow, Alayna Zuckerman. Click HERE to listen to short intriguing Podcast. Below is a link to another podcast with Executive Director Michael Caston brought to you by the wonderful people over at "Pixels to Inches Radio" focusing in on the themes of design thinking and customizations. Click HERE to listen.

Innovation Floor Policies

General Policies


Currently, the makerspace is open to:

  • DU  students

  • DU faculty

  • DU staff

The Innovation Floor also supports several DU sponsored activities that involve the community.  

Hours open:

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 policies:

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.

Equipment training

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 (excluding the Woods Lab)).  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 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

Safety Policies

The woods lab has extensive safety and use policies.  These are gone over in great detail and reinforced during woods lab training.  Contact 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.

Laser Policies

  • 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

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

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.

Featured Projects

These are projects created with some of the equipment at the Innovation Floor

Shane Allen's Research

Physics Research

This is a project example that Shane Allen created for the Physics Lab using some of the equipment in the Innovation Floor. 


See All

Click the image above to check out the video tutorials for some of the equipment on the innovation floor.

Click the image above to view an extensive list of material providers in the greater Denver area.

Resources at a Glance


Austin Hardwoods

 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


Altitude Steel 

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Currently, use of the equipment is a first come, first served basis.
Yes, with limitations! Speak to one of our staff for more details.
You do! As a general rule, students, faculty and staff 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. See the University’s Intellectual Property Policy for more information, found HERE!


We would love to hear from you and see how we can help

Call us on

(303) 871-6509

Come find us at

2155 East Wesley Avenue, Denver, CO 80208

Email us at