April 8-9, 2017

What is CU Make?

CU Make is a 30 hour make-a-thon where participants work together to build physical prototypes and mockups centered around a given theme. This year, our theme inclusion and accessibility through Universal Design.

Check out previous events here.

What is Universal Design?

Universal Design is the idea of designing products and services to be easily usable by anyone, regardless of their age or ability. How can we better empathize with those who are often left out? Can we design products to be easier to use for seniors, those with disabilities, children and more?

We want you to come up with an idea! This could mean creating a new product that is designed to be easily used by anyone, or making improvements to existing products to make them more accessibile. If you need help with the idea, design or creation of the format, order custom term paper. You don't lose your "individuality", because you provide all the information about future work, as well as criteria, so using the experience and advanced search of literature, in the end you will get a completed project.  In turn, they attracted all their talent and revealed their potential, relying on the Synergy of Technology and Art and their own experience.

Here are a few areas where Universal Design could help:


Quick and Dirty Prototyping
(Design for America)
Learn to mock up designs quickly and using basic materials like cardboard and foam.
(Ages 8+)

Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
Learn to use Autodesk Fusion 360 software to design 3D creations that can be printed.

(Ages 16+)

Laser Cutting
(CU Fab Lab)
Learn how to use laser cutters, and their various uses such as creating acrylic cut outs that can be used in your project.
(Ages 11+)

Usability Testing
Learn how to test prototypes with real people and see why testing is so important in product development.
(Ages 8+)

Learn to prototype with electronics using one of the most popular and versatile microcontrollers.
(Ages 8+)


Saturday, April 8, 2017
9:00 AM Opening Address (Turner Hall W-109)
9:30 AM Team Formation and Registration (Turner Hall W-109)
10:00 AM Material Checkout Opens (Fab Lab)
11:00 AM 1st Workshop Sessions (Various Locations)
12:00 PM Lunch: Cracked Food Truck (Fab Lab Parking Lot)
1:30 PM 2nd Workshop Sessions (Various Locations)
6:00 PM Dinner
Sunday, April 9, 2017
9:00 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM Material Checkout Closes (Fab Lab)
10:15 AM Tour of Arch. Annex Tools (Architecture Annex)
10:30 AM Making Ends, Prepare for Judging (Architecture Gallery)
11:00 AM Judging begins (Architecture Gallery)
2:00 PM Prizes and Closing Remarks (Architecture Gallery)

Tools and Materials

Want something that's not on the list? Fill out the material request part of the registration form and we'll do our best to get it!

3D Printers
Allen Wrenches
Electric Paint Pens
Glue Guns
Hobby Knives
Laser Cutters
Spring Clamps
Staple Guns
Tape Measures
Vise Grips
Acrylic Sheets
Athletic tape
Foam Core
Mason Line
Popsicle Sticks
Safety Glasses
Shape Retaining Plastic
Temperature Sensitive Sheets
Wood Dowels
Wood Glue
Zip ties
Battery Holders
Conductive Foam
Conductive Thread
Jumper Wires
LED Sequins
LED Strips
Magnetic Switches
Pebble Watch
Raspberry Pi 2
Various Sensors


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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend?

The event is open to students and the general public of all ages and experience levels. We are aiming for 150 participants!

What can I expect to build?

Depending on your skill level, the 30 hour event might result in different outcomes. Beginners can expect to make foam and cardboard mockups. You could also learn 3D CAD and print a basic version of your idea! More experiences teams will probably be able to make something that actually works like a potential product.

I don't have a team.
Can I still participate?

Yes! We will try to help form teams or augment existing teams with your talents! We hope to have teams no bigger than 5 people.

What materials & tools will be available?

We will have basic raw materials like acrylic, wood, and fasteners. Due to safety concerns we will try and avoid metalworking. We will also have a small number of wearable electronics and arduinos for hacking. Tools-wise we be providing sewing machines, soldering irons, 3D printers, laser cutters, and a typical set of hand tools, including drills and saws. The friendly volunteers from Fablab and Makerspace Urbana will be on hand to help!

Will there be food?

We are in the process of securing food donations right now for the 3 main meals. We will definitely have snacks provided throughout the duration of the event!

I don't have an idea, what should I make?

We will have experienced makers on-site to help out if you're stuck!

I am a beginner and have no experience. Am I still welcome?

Yes! Beginners are encouraged to come! We will be hosting some cool workshops to inspire you and kickstart your maker journey. If you want to learn to use a tool, just ask a volunteer and they can help you out!

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