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Idea Shop

Idea Shop

At Illinois Tech our students answer "what if?" questions by shouting "why not!" And the Idea Shop is where their ideas come to life. The Idea Shop is an innovation hub that features computer visualization tools, a rapid-prototyping lab, and 3-D printing facilities. This is where Illinois Tech students from all fields of study generate breakthrough ideas and guide them from concept to launch. Many University Technology Park (UTP) companies have worked with student teams to create prototypes needed at various stages of concept development. Located in the Kaplan Institute, the Idea Shop is one-part entrepreneurial center and one-part gathering place, with full-time staff dedicated to helping students test the limits of their imagination.

Idea Shop Facilities

Students in rapid prototyping lab
  • App development lab
  • State-of-the-art rapid-prototyping lab
  • CNC milling machines
  • 3-D printers
  • 3-D scanner
  • Vacuum former
  • Laser cutter
  • Collaborative teaming areas
  • Formal classroom space
  • Storage areas for student projects

The Idea Shop unites people and technology to provide an incubator for novel ideas and solutions to important problems. This unique location serves as a hub for alumni, corporate, and community stakeholders.