The Maker Lab is a 7,000 square foot design and fabrication space on the campus of Abilene Christian University. Located in the Brown Library, the Maker Lab is open to all ACU students, faculty and staff, as well as our neighbors in Abilene and surrounding communities. Our ongoing mission is to provide tools, training, support and inspiration while promoting creativity, innovation and design thinking through unique experiential learning opportunities.

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TAKE A TOUR

The best way to get to know us is to come in and take a tour. We’re happy to show you around and answer your questions.

TOOL RESERVATIONS

Our most popular tools have an online reservation option that can guarantee you access when you need it.

TRAINING

Whether its providing online learning options or conducting face-to-face training, the Maker Lab staff is ready to help.

EVENTS

We build community through hosting events and getting friends together. Check out some of our upcoming events and get connected.

GET INSPIRED

The best part of our job is telling the stories of what our community of makers is up to. Take a look and be prepared to get inspired!

STORE

We keep a wide variety of materials in stock to sell to makers. Save yourself a trip to the big box store and buy what you need in the Maker Lab.

BY THE NUMBERS

The Maker Lab has over 900 registered users who log in over 10,000 visits a year. We’ve lost track of the number of projects completed and the number of tools in our space, but we do know that in the Maker Lab, the possibilities are endless.

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Incredible Community

Abilene Christian University is an Adobe Creative Campus. ACU students, faculty and staff have full access to Adobe’s industry-leading creative tools for web, media and design, all free of charge.

In the Maker Lab, we use Adobe Illustrator to design for our laser cutting tools, cnc router and vinyl cutting tools. Designing in Illustrator is easy to get started, and the first step is downloading and installing Adobe Illustrator on your own device.

Adobe Illustrator is installed on all of the computers in the Maker Lab and visitors are welcome to come in any time and use these free tools for design work. Of course, if you need assistance, ask any of our Makers on Duty. We’re here to help.

MEET YOUR MAKERS

The "Makers On Duty" are our team of student workers who keep things running smoothly and provide training and support to our maker community. They come from many departments across camps and bring a diverse set of interests and skills to the Maker Lab. Our Makers on Duty are always available to answer a question or to walk you through your first project in the lab. Next time you come in, introduce yourself and let us know how we can help.

Bobbie

Bobbie

Interior Design / Architecture

Branden

Branden

Math Education

Bri

Bri

Nursing

Bryce

Bryce

Information Systems

Caleb

Caleb

Music Education

Cameron

Cameron

Graphic Design

Erin

Erin

Accounting

Grace

Grace

Interior Design / Architecture

Hannah

Hannah

Interior Design / Architecture

Jacob

Jacob

Psychology

Jess

Jess

Global Studies, Engineering

Landry

Landry

Elementary Education

Maddie

Maddie

Interior Design / Architecture

Miranda

Miranda

Marketing

Noah

Noah

Political Science

Rodrigue

Rodrigue

Actuarial Science

Sam

Sam

Engineering

Simone

Simone

Environmental Science

Chai

Chai

Maker Lab Training Specialist

Darren

Darren

Maker Lab Director

Laura

Laura

Maker Lab Embedded Librarian

We’d love to hear from you. 

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