Become a maker! Geared to undergraduate students who are new to 3D printing, laser cutting and other rapid prototyping machines, this hands-on course is an opportunity to learn how to turn your creative ideas into reality. You'll explore 3D printers, laser cutters and basic 3D modeling, and then use the engineering design process to tackle an engineering challenge with your fellow classmates.


2 Weeks


15 Hours/Week

English Level

Intermediate to Advanced

F-1 Visa

Not Eligible

Learn more about the Make it! Innovation Design Lab program, and take a peek at some of the projects students have built during the two-week course. 

What You’ll Do

  • Use rapid prototyping technology such as 3D printers and laser cutters to creatively solve problems
  • Apply the engineering design process to tackle a challenge 
  • Set realistic goals for a project 
  • Create a compelling narrative about the process and rationale for your project 

Program Features

  • Led by an experienced instructional technician in the Dabble Lab makerspace at the University of Washington and facilitated with support from trained UW student facilitators
  • Small class size (15 students maximum) 
  • Opportunity to connect and interact with UW student facilitators
  • A joint offering by The MILL, UW's state-of-the-art makerspace, Housing & Food Services, and International & English Language Programs

Who Should Register

This short course is intended for students with an interest in learning about the engineering design process and who are new to rapid prototyping tools and processes. 

You must have intermediate to advanced English skills to participate. For specific requirements, see How to Register.


This course involves 30 total hours of instruction over two weeks (15 hours per week).

Classes meet from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, at a makerspace lab for innovation and learning on the UW Seattle campus. 


Registration fee (nonrefundable)$55
Room and board (estimated)$920*
Estimated total$2,874

*Room and board based on previous year estimates. The estimate for 2022 and information about our on-campus housing package will be available by late April. 

Health Insurance

We strongly recommend purchasing medical/travel insurance in your home country so that you'll have coverage during your stay in Seattle. For more information, see Health Insurance & Immunizations


Dei Caudle is an instructional technician in the Dabble Lab makerspace at the University of Washington. She graduated from the UW with a degree in physics and enjoys applying her knowledge in the makerspace to help students create new and exciting projects.

Three trained UW student facilitators will also serve as instructional assistants for this interactive course.