Welcome

The IDeATe Resources site contains information for users of the IDeATe facilities in Hunt Library, as well as links to information about IDeATe in general. Have a look around to learn about the different spaces and equipment in the facility, how to borrow equipment or purchase materials, our computing resources, and the IDeATe curriculum. And if you’re not finding quite what you’re looking for, send email to help@ideate.cmu.edu.

One of the most common questions about IDeATe is: How do I gain access to the IDeATe facilities? The answer is: Join our community by taking an IDeATe class, whether it’s a semester-long class, a mini or a micro (weekend) class. Once you’ve completed an IDeATe class, you remain a member of the IDeATe community for the rest of your time at Carnegie Mellon. A full list of classes can be found on our main website. Our classes are open to everyone in the university community. In particular, the one-unit micro courses listed below are suitable for anyone (faculty and staff welcome) who is interested in learning about laser cutting, Arduinos, digital photography, etc.:

Micro Course

Spring 2023 Meeting Dates

First Session Second Session
99-352 IDeATe Soft Fabrication Skills
Hunt 106B
Section A3
Saturdays, 10:00am–3:00pm
Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 4
99-353 IDeATe CAD and Laser Cutting
Hunt A5
Section A3
Sundays, 12:00–3:00pm
Jan 22, Jan 29, Feb 5
Section B3
Saturdays, 12:00–3:00pm
Feb 11, Feb 18, Feb 25
99-355 IDeATe Introduction to Arduino
Hunt A10
Section A3
Fridays, 10:00am–2:50pm
Feb 3, Feb 10, Feb 17
Section B3
Sundays, 12:00–5:00pm
Feb 12, Feb 19, Feb 26
99-357 IDeATe Pragmatic Photography
Hunt 106C
Section A3
Sundays, 12:00–5:00pm
Jan 22, Jan 29
Section A4
Saturdays, 12:00–5:00pm
Mar 18, Mar 25
99-358 IDeATe Intro to the Unity Game Engine
Hunt 106C
Section A3
Saturdays, 12:00–4:00pm
Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 11
Section B3
Sundays, 12:00–4:00pm
Feb 12, Feb 19, Feb 26
99-359 IDeATe 3D Modeling and 3D Printing
Hunt A5
Section A3
Saturdays, 12:00–3:00pm
Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 4
Section B3
Sundays, 12:00–3:00pm
Feb 12, Feb 19, Feb 26
99-360 IDeATe E-Textiles
Hunt A10
Section A3
Saturdays, 11:00am–3:00pm
Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 18, Feb 25

For members of the campus community who just want to fabricate a part or two, IDeATe has Open Fabrication Hours from 5:00 to 6:00pm Monday through Friday in the fall and spring for the campus community under normal operation.  Over the summer, please contact help@ideate.cmu.edu to make arrangements for access.