“Devoted to Creation”
Illinois Tech alumnus Dane Christianson (ME ’15) took full advantage of the Idea Shop while at Illinois Tech. Utilizing the shop’s 3D printer, Christianson created the X-Cube twisty puzzle while he was a student. Initially crowdfunded, the X-Cube is now sold on Amazon.
Make, Build, Invent, InnovateStudents use professional tools in the Idea Shop to do everything from design and build a project for an IPRO course or competition, to prototype their own inventions. Full-time technicians guide students in using the equipment and troubleshooting their work. Because the Idea Shop is housed in the Kaplan Institute, students can also access Kaplan Institute's resources for aspiring entrepreneurs, including mentoring and special programming.
“The Idea Shop allows students access to experience and equipment that would be very expensive and time consuming to use on your own. Being able to build working prototypes really helps our research because we can use it in real applications. In the Idea Shop it is possible to build almost any idea that you have—you can use the equipment to do almost anything.”
“When I found out that there was a place at Illinois Tech devoted to creation, I was blown away.”