Innovation Workshop

 In theory, there is no difference between practice and theory. In practice, there is.

Yogi Berra

The CNSI Innovation Workshop – a makerspace facility – enables innovators from UCSB and local companies to build and test prototypes of their inventions. The Workshop fills a vital gap in campus resources: a place where any innovator can fabricate and test their ideas using tools that are well-suited for beginners.

The Innovation Workshop is open to research groups, TMP and Capstone teams, individual users, incubator companies, external users, and is available for education and outreach.

Equipment

Available tools include:

  • Electronics assembly and testing
  • Laser cutting
  • 3-D printing (SLA, FDM & Polyjet)
  • Mechanical assembly and testing
  • Light metal and woodworking
  • Painting
  • Supplies for sale
  • Instrumentation for temperature & pressure measurement
  • Plumbing

A full list of the equipment can be found on the CNSI Workshops Wiki

 Contact

Lab Manager
Microfluidics Laboratory and Innovation Workshop
Development Engineer

 How-to Information

Steps to Access the Innovation Workshop
  1. Contact Innovation Workshop staff to get trained on the instrument. Completion of a new user orientation and safety briefing is required before obtaining card-key access to the CNSI Workshops. Tool-specific training is required for all tools and instruments in the lab
  2. All users must complete UCSB Environmental Health and Safety’s Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety course. The course is offered in person at the beginning of each quarter, and is also available on-line.
  3. Apply to CNSI for electronic door access to the facility.
  4. Innovation Workshop Staff will add you to the FBS reservation system

Complete instructions regarding access can be found here

Acknowledging Support

Please remember to acknowledge CNSI resources in scientific publications and presentations by including this statement:

“The authors acknowledge the use of the Innovation Workshop within the California NanoSystems Institute, supported by the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of California, Office of the President.”