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

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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.

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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!

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In case of a serious emergency, immediately turn OFF all equipment, dial 911, and contact an innovation floor employee. 

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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. 


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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


Contact us if you have any further questions.

Currently, use of the equipment is a first come, first served basis.

Monday - Thursday 9 am to 10 pm | Friday 9 am to 6 pm |Saturday & Sunday  12 pm - 6 pm

Yes! With valid identification and Innovation Floor manager approval. The photography equipment (DSLR camera, tripod, and photo studio box) can be checked out for up to two day. All other tools and equipment must remain in the maker space to be available for everyone to use.

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

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(303) 871-6509

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2155 East Wesley Avenue, Denver, CO 80208

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