Maker Garage

The VCU College of Engineering maker garage is located at 12 W Cary Street.

The maker garage is accessible to the students in the College of Engineering with the completion of the appropriate safety course. The shop also assists researchers from all VCU departments by creating, modifying and maintaining lab equipment and test apparatus. As the garage has supporting resources, any project can be completed through our service.

Spring 2018 Maker Garage Operating Hours*

Additional Hours may be available upon request.

Monday: 9 a.m.–Noon, 1–6 p.m.
Tuesday: 12:45–6 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m.–12:45 p.m., 1–6 p.m.
Thursday: 12:30–5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

*Garage Hours may vary due to student worker schedules. Questions, comments, concerns? Please email Boris Solomonov at: or call (804)-827-4013

Innovation Shop Rules and Safety Regulation

Work Order Form


The maker garage provides a wide range of services for the College of Engineering and other VCU departments, including:

  • Advising in model design for rapid prototyping

  • Assistance in converting CAD file into .STL for rapid prototyping

  • Printing or assisting students in prototyping process

  • Providing finishing operation if needed

  • Manual and CNC machining

  • Sheet metal fabrication

  • Welding, brazing and soldering

  • Painting

  • Basic woodwork projects

  • Rapid prototyping

  • Project management

  • Assistance in design for manufacturing

  • Training students in machining fundamentals

It is our goal to support all projects, no matter how large or small. All levels of previous experience are welcomed and will be given the appropriate training. In addition to providing students with access to industry-standard machines, having access to an on-campus machine shop allows students to take what they have learned and apply it in practice.

The hands-on experience received in the machine shop helps them to develop practical mechanical design skills and gain a better understanding of manufacturing processes.


  • Precision measuring and inspection equipment

  • Horizontal band saw

  • Vertical band saw

  • Variable-speed drill press

  • Grinding and polishing equipment

  • Belt and disc sander

  • Manual 2CNC engine lathes

  • Knee-type manual vertical milling machines

  • 2-axis CNC knee-type vertical milling machines

  • Haas numerical control milling center with 20-pocket tool changer

  • CAD/CAM software for CNC programming

  • Metal shear, box and pan brake, notcher

  • Welding and brazing equipment

  • Precision measuring and inspection equipment

  • uPrint Dimension 3D printer - Material: ABSplus plasticBuild envelope: 8″x8″x6″Resolution: .01″

  • Ultrasonic and thermo cleaning stations

The garage also helps customers in finding outside contractors and managing projects. After a free consultation, a quote can be provided for the work requested. It is our goal to provide you with the lowest price, best quality work and fast turnaround. As the shop has supporting resources, any project can be completed through our service. Please feel free to contact us, at any stage of your project, to see what we can do for you.

For questions or comments, please contact Boris Solomonov