MILL Tools & Tech

The MILL is a place where everyone on campus can have access to emerging technologies, making resources, and an innovative culture of learning. We have a number of different tools available for use by students, faculty, and staff.

3D Printers

The MILL has two Lulzbot 3D printers, both of which can be reserved by U of I students, staff, and faculty. The Lulzbot Mini can handle 3D prints up to 6 x 6 x6in in size, while the Taz has a larger print bed of 11 in x 11 in x 9.8in.

Vinyl Cutter

The MILL has a vinyl cutter available for students, staff, and faculty to use. Patrons can use Silhouette Studio to create custom designs, which can then be cut into paper, vinyl, fabric, and more. The vinyl cutter has a blade attachment that can be replaced with pens and other tools, lending more functionality to the machine. Vinyl decals, stencils, and paper crafts are common projects involving the vinyl cutter.

Crafting

From sewing machines, leather embossing, to glass etching, we have tools to help build your crafting projects. While you are at it, checkout our button makers, coloring supplies, and more!

Physical Computing

Come learn about programming and building interactive projects using our Arduino and Raspberry Pi! The MILL has a variety of development boards, electronic components, and software to get you started with these exciting tools.

Robotics

Ozobots, Edison, and Kamigami, oh my! We have fun mini-robots for you to command. Learn about coding and robotics while you play with these devices.

Virtual Reality

Have a minute to explore immersive technology? Experience virtual reality with our simple Google Cardboard viewers.

3D Modelling

3D models can be used in engineering, product design, video games, movies, and virtual reality. The MILL has tools and expertise to help you get started creating, editing, and printing them! Use our Structure Sensor 3D scanner or 3D editing software on our computers.