Making at Jacobs

July 6, 2021 | 10:10 am

Accessing the Makerspace

Maker Pass

Available to UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff, the Maker Pass is a point of entry to hands-on making in Jacobs Hall and the CITRIS Invention Lab. With this semesterly pass, campus community members from all departments can access workspaces and use equipment on a drop-in basis, including during extended access hours (evenings and weekends) at Jacobs Hall.

Whether working on a class assignment or building a passion project, you can find space, tools, and resources for bringing ideas to life here. From the student creating her first 3D print in a Jacobs Hall Makerspace to the researcher assembling an interactive device in the Invention Lab, the Maker Pass community is a diverse, active source of new ideas and collaborations.

Maker Passes are available to students enrolled in DES INV courses or other affiliated classes; MDes students; those doing research; and club or student group members.

For students, staff, and faculty who do not qualify for a Maker Pass through the ways listed above, please learn more about our Community Maker Pass program.

Ready to apply for your Maker Pass? Get started!

Jacobs Project Support (JPS)

The Jacobs Hall technical team has developed a project support service that allows eligible students, faculty, and staff to submit formatted part files for fabrication and pick-up. The program is intended to support research, academic, and co-curricular projects with technical fabrication support through a standardized request system, virtual design support, and safe parts pick up. We offer a variety of fabrication methods, including metal/wood/acrylic laser cutting, 3D printing, and most of the other rapid prototyping processes. Access to the program is offered campus-wide, with priority based on tier assignment during busier times (details below). Research users, DES INV students, and students in affiliated courses must register for JPS, and can do so here. Student clubs use a separate registration, found here. Visit the JPS page to request access to specific equipment.

Learn more and get started on our JPS page.

Makerspace Resources

In addition to workspace and equipment, Maker Pass users have access to a variety of resources for prototyping and fabrication at Jacobs Hall. For information about resources available at the CITRIS Invention Lab, visit the Invention Lab’s website.

Design Specialists

Jacobs Hall Design Specialists provide equipment training, guidance, and mentorship to the Jacobs Hall community. From a robotics expert to an artist who explores intersections of traditional craft and digital fabrication, our design specialists bring wide-ranging backgrounds to their roles and serve as resources for Maker Pass users. Meet the design specialist team and see their schedules or sign up for office hours.


Maker Pass holders can sign up for free workshops to explore new skills and projects. Workshops include Toolbox workshops, which provide opportunities to dive into an in-depth project with a design specialist, and Tips and Tricks workshops, in which advanced prototypers share key skills.

Material Store

The Jacobs Hall Material Store has materials available for Maker Pass holders to purchase at low cost. Users can place orders online and pick up their purchases from a design specialist at Jacobs Hall. Check out the store.