CU Make 2015

April 4-5, 2015

Register for CU Make 2016 here!

Check out photos from CU Make 2015 here

CU Make 2015 Award Winners


Swommy and The Makers

Best Overall Design (Advanced)

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Swommy and The Makers

Prize: UP! 3D Printer

The Carrpenters

Most Practical (Advanced)

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Claw Cane

The Carrpenters

Prize: $50 Shapeway Gift Cards

The Creators

Most Feasible (Beginner)

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Door Handle

The Creators

Prize: Full 3D Body Scans and Prints by Makers UIUC

Uni High Makers

Most Ambitious (Beginner)

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Jar Opener

Uni High Makers

Prize: Pebble Smartwatches

What is CU Make?

CU Make is a 28 hour make-a-thon where participants work together to build physical prototypes and mockups centered around a given theme.
If you need help with creating a project, or with a written part, you can ask someone to "revise my paper", and thus get criticism or suggestions, or help in writing your work.

For our 2015 theme, we focused on elderly accessibility.

How could we make it easier for seniors to perform their day to day activities? College students, high school students, and families were tasked with coming up with an idea to help seniors by designing and building something to help with everyday tasks and ease-of-mobility.

Here are some examples of areas where senior accessibility is currently a problem.











Health Tracking

Memory Loss

We had various workshops during the event, check out the descriptions below for more info.
Make sure to sign up for a few when you register!

Human Centered Design
(Design for America)
Learn to develop creative solutions to problems using design thinking.
(Ages 8+)

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+)

The Aging Experience
Learn about existing technology for older adults and immerse yourself with a dementia simulation.
(Ages 16+)

(CU Fab Lab)
Learn to use Adafruit FLORAs to create wearable electronics, using light and distance sensors to design new products.
(Ages 11+)

Laser Cutting
(Architecture Annex)
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+)

Teams were awarded prizes in various categories based on creativity, feasibility and several other factors.
Prizes included an UP! 3D Printer, Pebble Smartwatches, Free 3D Prints from Shapeways, and Myo Armbands!



We'll provide all the tools and materials for the event. Check out the list below to see what we had.

If there are any materials you want that aren't listed, email us and we'll do our best to get it this time!

Material List


CU Make takes place at the CU Fab Lab and several other buildings, all located on south campus.

For a list of these places and their locations, check out the map below.



CU Make 2015 will start at 9am on Saturday April 4, and end at 1pm on April 5.

View the Schedule

Tools and Materials


3D Printers


Spring Clamps



Hobby Knives

Allen Wrenches

Staple Guns


Tape Measures


Vise Grips

Glue Guns

Electric Paint Pens

Laser Cutters


Shape Retaining Plastic

Temperature Sensitive Sheets

Acrylic Sheets

Foam Core



Wood Dowels


Zip Ties



Mason Line


Wood Glue







Conductive Thread

LED Sequins

Various Sensors

LED Strips


Jumper Wires


Battery Holders

Magnetic Switches

Conductive Foam

Last Year's Schedule

We will post the schedule for 2016 closer to the event date. Take a look below to see what our schedule was like last year!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

9:00 AM 9:30 AM 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 12:00 PM 1:30 PM 6:00 PM 10:00 PM 12:00 AM 2:00 AM 4:00 AM 6:00 AM
Opening Address (David Kinley Hall)
Team Formation and Registration (David Kinley Hall)
Material Checkout Opens
1st Workshop Sessions (Various Locations)
Lunch: Cracked Food Truck (CU Fab Lab)
2nd Workshop Sessions (Various Locations)
Dinner (CU Fab Lab)
Movie #1, Video Game Tournament (CU Fab Lab)
Movie #2, Video Game Tournament (CU Fab Lab)
3D Body Scanning, Movie #3 (Various Locations)
Dance Competition, Movie #4 (Various Locations)
Sunrise Frisbee (South Quad)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

9:00 AM 9:45 AM 10:00 AM 10:30 AM 11:30 AM 12:00PM
Breakfast (CU Fab Lab)
Material Checkout Closes (Architecture Annex)
Making ends, set up for Expo (Architecture Annex)
Expo & Judging (David Kinley Hall)
Winners, Prizes, Closing Remarks (David Kinley Hall)
Clean Up


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Who can attend?

The event is open to students and the general public of all ages and experience levels. Due to safety concerns, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. We will not have any daycare options for younger children available at the event.

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 can also learn 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 be facilitating team formation at the beginning of the event. Be sure to list your skills in the registration form so we can make the best matches!

How many people can be on a team?

Teams can be as small as possible, but cannot have more than 7 members. We recommend team sizes of 3-5.

What materials & tools will be available?

Refer to the Tools & Materials List above for a full list of materials we will be providing. If there's something you want that isn't mentioned, shoot us an email and we'll do our best to get it!

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!

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

Don't worry! We will have experienced makers and mentors on-site to help out if you're stuck, and get you started on an awesome idea.

Can I bring my famliy?

Absolutely! If you're planning to participate as a team, make sure to list all family members in the registration form. Due to safety concerns, we require any child under 16 to be accompanied by a guardian at all times.

Will there be activities for younger children or daycare options?

No, unfortunately we will not have anything available for children under 8.

Will there be food?

Yes! We will be providing breakfast and dinner, and the Cracked food truck will be right outside during lunch! We will also have lots of snacks throughout the entire event.