The Anderson Student Innovation Labs is meant to be your laboratory, your playground, and your gateway to innovation and creativity. To that end we have outfitted it with all kinds of equipment and tools and taken care to provide training and documentation so that you can dive right in.

Don't forget to visit the Anderson Labs courses and events webpage to sign up for Micro-courses if you want some guidance on how to use various tools. The Anderson Labs is also fully staffed during its open hours, so simply ask for help and our friendly staff will help you find and use the tools, parts, and equipment you need to start or complete your project.

Visit the Anderson Labs success stories webpage to see past CSE student projects out of Anderson Labs.

Anderson Design Lab

Anderson Labs live-stream

Location: Mechanical Engineering, Room 2-134

The Design Lab is a large open work space designed primarily for prototyping and has many resources, including 3D printers, laser cutters, hand tools, computers, whiteboards, workbenches, and more.

Spring 2023 hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.


Front Desk Phone: 612-301-3813

Anderson Build Lab

Anderson Labs spaces

Location: Civil Engineering, Room 335

The Build Lab is half open work space and half wood shop with resources that include 3D printers, a 3D scanner, materials testing load frame, welding facilities, woodworking tools, and more.

Spring 2023 hours:

Monday: 2 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.*

Note: During spring 2023, CSE 1012 is meeting in the Build Lab on Monday - Thursday from 2:30 p.m. - 4:25 p.m. and Thursday from 10:10 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. The lab is still open during those times, but if you're not in that class, you will be asked to stop loud or smelly activities until the class ends.

*The lab is open 12-4 p.m. on weekends, but the building is locked to non-CEGE students. You can get card access to the building by taking the Anderson Labs Orientation Micro-course.


Front Desk Phone: (612) 301-1911

Polaris Student Machine Shop

Anderson Labs Student Machine Shop waterjet cutter

Location: Mechanical Engineering, Room 176

The Polaris Student Machine Shop is a fully functioning metal shop staffed by professional machinists with metalworking mills, lathes, grinders, a waterjet cutter, and more.

Spring 2023 hours:

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. by appointment only

For more information and instructions on how to access the lab, visit the Polaris Student Machine Shop webpage.


Front Desk Phone: (612) 626-0342

Exceed Lab

Location: Keller Hall, Rooms 2-160 and 2-164

In addition to the Anderson Student Innovation Labs, you also have access to the Exceed Lab, which is a student-driven, project-oriented workspace with hand tools, electronics equipment, and work benches. Visit the Exceed Lab website.