Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab

Open Workshops and Classes

Looking for workshops for organizations and groups like student clubs, boy scout troops or staff outings? You should instead check out our workshops for groups and organizations.

After registering, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact us to make sure we know you’re coming.
Most of our workshops are for adults ages 18 and up and require some basic computer skills. If you’d like to make sure you’re ready please take a look at our participant experience guidelines.


Learn to Sew

In this three week course, participants will learn the basics of sewing while working at their own pace. Participants may use the fabric we have available, or may choose to bring their own fabric. If you would like to bring your own fabrics, please choose non-stretch cotton or linen fabrics.

Teen Session: CANCELLED

Adult Session: Fridays Apr. 6th through Apr. 20th | 7pm – 9pm
3-week class | Class size: 10 | $75


Intermediate Sewing

Need a refresher on sewing, or want to learn how to use a modern sewing machine? Come sew with us and get back into the hobby. Former sewing campers and class participants welcome!

Sundays Apr. 22nd through May 6th | 6pm – 8pm
3-week class | All ages | Class size: 10 | $75


Papercut Valentines

Can’t find a valentine that expresses exactly what you want to say? Come and make some with us! Learn to use our Silhouette machines to create multi-layered valentines from paper. Parents may come to work with their child on valentines without incurring an additional cost, so long as parent and child share a machine and materials.

Sunday Feb. 11th | 6pm – 8pm
Class size: 15 | All Ages | $25


Parent-Child 3D Design

Learn how 3D printers work and collaborate with your child to create your own 3D model using Tinker CAD! Participants get their own model to take home, but will need to be able to return to the lab to pick it up when it is finished.

Saturday Apr. 14th | 4pm – 6pm
Class size: 8 Parent-Child Pairs | $35 per pair


Laser Drinking Glasses

Learn how to design and laser engrave your own wine glass or tumbler with us! Participants get one glass to take home, but can return to engrave additional glasses anytime.

Sunday Mar. 11th | 6pm – 8pm
Class Size: 15 | Adults | $25

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Laser Suminagashi Jewelry

Make your own wood necklace pendant or earring set using our laser cutters and marbling paint. Choose and cut out your own jewelry piece, then learn the technique of Suminagashi, or water marbling, to decorate it.

Saturday Feb. 10th | 3pm – 6pm
Class size: 15 | All Ages | $30


Analog GIFs with Scanimation

Cut up an image and make it come to life with scanimation. Scanimation, or barrier grid animation, creates the illusion of motion by moving a striped transparent overlay across an interlaced image. Learn more about the technique and make your own in Adobe Illustrator in this course.

Saturday May 5th | 3pm – 5pm
Class size: 10 | Teens & Adults | $30


Screen Printing

Learn how to use our computers, Silhouette machines, and screen printing equipment to make your own custom tee-shirt. Bring your own blank tee shirt to print on or purchase one for $10 from us. We have limited adult sizes available. Light colored shirts will show the ink better than dark colored shirts.

Saturday Apr. 21st | 1pm – 4pm
Class size: 10 | All Ages (kids under 13 must have adult accompaniment) | $30


Layered Wood Art

Make a completely unique decoration for your home while learning laser cutting basics. In this workshop we’ll learn how to make art out of layers of wood, cut and etched on our laser cutters. Staff will guide you in designing your piece and creating your files, and show you how to operate the lasers.

Saturday Apr. 28th | 3pm – 6pm
Class size: 10 | Teens and Adults | $25


3D Mt. Rushmore

Come as a group and scan your faces to make a 3D model of your heads in the style of Mt. Rushmore. This makes a great gift or souvenir for families. One print per group is included in the cost. Additional prints may be purchased at the usual price. One person from the group should be available to pick up the print another day when it is finished.

TBA (Re-scheduling for later in the semester)
Groups of 2 to 5 | $25 for 1st 3 people, $5 for each additional


Make Do and Mend

Bring in your clothes that need to be mended and staffers will walk you through the best mending techniques to fix up your old, holey, and buttonless items! Learn skills that you will continue to use throughout the rest of your life!

Sunday Mar. 4th | 2pm – 6pm
Free. $5 suggested donation.


Parent-Child Free Sticker Day

Bring in your child to make a free sticker with one of our lab assistants. Learn about what we do at the Fab Lab and how you and your child can use this awesome resource in your community.

Sunday Mar. 18th | 1pm – 4pm
Free. $5 suggested donation.