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Using the Collaborative Lab Space


One of the ways in which you can interface with our facility, is to work with us in our space. The idea is that we don't simply do the entire design for you, but that you work with us on the project. To facilitate this type of collaboration, we provide you with space in our lab. This access can also include access to tools, equipment and machines, when appropriate.

Since the amount of space in our lab is limited, we give priority to groups who are most activily involved in joint activities and who use our design consulting services on their projects.

If you are interested in this type of collaborative design, the first step is discuss this would us, so we can jointly determine what setup would work for you. For our contact information, see our contact information. Once it is determined we will proceed, you will have to become an official lab member (see more under the Application tab on the left). Essentially, this boils down to signing a membership agreement, and some forms. This is to ensure every user can share the space in an effective and safe manner.

Using the Collaborative Lab Space


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To utilize any of the Prototyping Facilities you need to become an authorized user/member. This will automatically give you access to the Design and Assembly Space, including the tools there (but not the machines, such as the drill press or 3D printers). To get access to any of the specialized spaces, such as the Machine Room and its tools, the Wet Etch Lab or the Laser Cutter Room, you need to submit a separate request. In this request, you can also ask for access to machines. You are not allowed to use any machines until you have been explicitly approved to do so. All access and machine use permissions are only valid for certain hours/days, according to the hours of operation.

Anyone requesting access will have to take the EH&S general lab safety class "Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)", and submit their certificate of completion. If you have not already completed this class, schedule it before completing your Prototyping Facility application.

You will also need to supply a charge index. This charge index is the index number we will use to charge the Prototyping Lab fees to. You can always change the index number at a later date if necessary. If you are a student/student group and do not possess an index number, please write STUDENT. For more information, check out How to Interface with the Prototyping Lab on the lab webpage.

The access times (see Definitions side tab) are when you have lab/machine access. You are not allowed to use the facilities or the machines outsides of the access times you are approved for. The default choice is Regular Business Hours. Extended Business Hour or 24/7 access can be granted on a case by case basis. To receive After Hour access to machines or the Machine Shop, you will need to be a current Calit2 employee. Undergraduate users will not be given After Hour access to the machines or the Machine Shop.

To receive permission to use the machines or Machine Shop, additional training may be required as deemed necessary by the Prototyping Facility staff (this could include further technical instruction; written, verbal, and hands on). If you feel you are currently lacking the required skills and would like to get trained on the machine, we can work out lab training for you or your group (at a cost).

Undergraduate students have an additional set of Policies and Procedures they need to follow, in addition to the main Policies and Procedures for everyone. These additional rules are outlined in the "Policies and Procedures for Undergraduates" document (see Forms and Documents side tab). If undergraduates need after hour access to the Design and Assembly Space, they will also have to submit the After Hour Waiver for Undergraduate Students. Undergraduates will not receive after hour permission to use machines or the Machine Shop. For details on the Forms and Documents, see the side tab. All users have to familiarize themselves with and follow the rules and procedures outlined in these forms and documents.

  1. As a first step, email us to inquire about the possibility of becoming a lab member, or use our machines. We will need to verify if you are in principle eligible and that membership is appropriate, as well as check our current lab capacity. Simply contact us via email.
  2. Once you receive an invitation from us in response to your inquiry, you need to submit an application request form. Before submitting, first familiarize yourself with the General Rules, Definitions and relevant Forms and Documents (see side tabs). There are two relevant application request forms:
  3. Once we have received and verified your information, we will send you back a confirmation and activate your card for lab access. At this time, we will also set up a time to show you your work space (if applicable) and go over the basic procedures.

    Before approving access to a machine, you need to demonstrate you are qualified to expertly, responsibly and safely operate this machine. This is possible via a training certificate, a training course and test/evaluation, or by demonstrating the required skill set. You are not allowed to use any machine before having received explicit approval from us.

Using the Collaborative Lab Space


Operating Hours:

  • Regular Business Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM, except university holidays or mandated university closures.
  • Extended Business Hours: Monday – Friday, 7 AM – 7 PM, except university holidays or mandated university closures.
  • 24/7: all day, weekdays, weekends and holidays, except the QI winter holiday closure.
    After Hours refers to those times of 24/7 access that are outside of Regular Business Hours.


  • Design and Assembly Space:
  • Atkinson Hall room 1202
  • Machine Shop:
  • Atkinson Hall room 1208
  • Laser Cutter Room:
  • Part of Atkinson Hall room 1422 (not the MOCVD machines)
    All rooms together are referred to as the "labs", the "facility" or the "Prototyping Facility".

Using the Collaborative Lab Space