Frequently Asked Questions



Before Sept 7, reservable by special request (email cct@ithaca.edu

Starting SEPT 7, 2022

Mondays: 11am-5pm

Tuesdays: 12:10-7pm

Wednesdays: 11am-5pm

Thursdays: 12:10-7pm

Fridays: 11am-5pm

Reservations & Walk-ins welcome

What kind of services does the Center for Creative Technology provide?

The Center for Creative Technology is a collaborative learning space where you can come to receive 1:1 or group instruction from knowledgable student staff to learn how one can utilize the innovative technology available in our spaces. We have a range of high-tech to low or no-tech tools available for making anything you can dream up. The CCT staff are skilled a variety of digital and physical crafting skills, storytelling, creative problem solving, virtual and augmented reality, 3D modeling and and visual-spatial design.


I have an idea for a project. What should I do? 

We are happy to collaborate with faculty on any ideas for projects. We can also work with students on projects if CCT equipment is needed, like podcasts. To get started, please email us at cct@ithaca.edu

What are your protocols to ensure safety during COVID? 

To ensure the safety of our clients and staff during COVID, we have taken several additional precautions. We have disinfecting wipes available to clean stations after each use, and hand sanitizer is available for personal use. 

Do I have to wear a mask in the makerspace? 

As COVID numbers fluctuate throughout the semester, we recommend that you pay attention to the CDC and college recommendations about face coverings. Masks will always be available in our spaces for those who wish to wear them.

Can I operate the machinery/equipment myself? 

As a way to care for the safety all of our staff and clients, training is required for nearly all of the equipment. Once you have completed training, you will be able to operate all machinery yourself, except for the laser cutter & certain power tools. There will always be a makerspace staff member monitoring the space and available for any questions or instruction.

What if I already know how to use equipment? 

Even if you have used a piece of equipment before, it is still important to familiarize yourself with the nuances and risks of each machine before you start working. Before you start your project, you will speak with a staff member to ensure your competency. 

Can I bring my own tools to work in the makerspace? 

If you have a tool you would like to use in the makerspace, please contact us at cct@ithaca.edu to discuss further.  

Where can I find the safety information? 

When you make your reservation on SmartHub there will be safety information provided regarding the specific station or machine you booked. We can also provide additional safety information at the makerspace if needed.  

Can I check any equipment out of the makerspace? 

We use the reservation system, SmartHub, for making equipment reservations and checkouts (ithaca.siso.co/cct). For additional questions, please reach out to cct@ithaca.edu with your requests.

Will there be more equipment in the makerspace in the future? 

Yes! We are only just getting started with the makerspace. Keep an eye out for new equipment in the future. If there is something specific that you have in mind, please fill out our request/suggestion form

What if I break something? 

If you break something, please let the staff member working know. Stuff happens and things break. Intentional misuse or ignoring of operational instructions will result in a loss of privileges. 

Can I work on a large project that will take the whole semester to complete? 

We are super excited to accommodate the different projects that people want to create. We will work with individuals on a case by case basis. That being said, due to our limited space, we do not currently have the means to store your work-in-progress project materials. If you have a project in mind and aren’t sure if we have the facilities to execute it, please contact us at cct@ithaca.edu

Can the makerspace staff create a project for me? 

The makerspace is a place for learning. We want to empower clients, not do the work for them. We can assist with the design and help guide you through the creation process to set you up for success the best we can.  

Can I bring my own materials (filament, wood, vinyl, etc.)? 

At the makerspace we have an extensive supply of materials for our equipment. We will not permit materials for machines requiring specific materials, such as the laser cutter, 3D printer, and Cricut, UNLESS they are purchase through the approved list of materials

Is there a place to store my project? 

Currently, we do not have storage space for projects. Clients are welcome to bring back any unfinished projects that they want to complete. If you are unable to store your project for any reason, please contact us at cct@ithaca.edu and we can discuss options on a case-by-case basis.  

Do I have to pay for materials? 

The makerspace has materials for the various machines that you are welcome to use. If you plan on visiting the makerspace frequently, we would appreciate if you could bring some of your own materials.  

Can I request materials, such as different colors? 

Yes, we are willing to buy different colors on a case-by-case basis.  Please fill out our request/suggestion form

Can I make things to sell? 

The makerspace staff can teach clients how to use our equipment, but if you want to create things to sell checkout Ithaca Generator or REV Ithaca Startup Works.


Machine - Material Links & Specifics

Laser Cutter - Wood

(max dimensions of 12"x20")

PLYWOOD: 1/16" - 1/4" thickness of Baltic Birch plywood (max dimensions of 12"x20")

HARDWOOD: 1/16" - 1/4" thickness of hardwoods (ie. Maple, Oak, Walnut, Cherry)

Laser Cutter - Acrylic

(max dimensions of 12"x20")

Black Cast Acrylic sheet

Clear Acrylic Sheet

Laser Cutter - Leather

(max dimensions of 12"x20")

MUST be vegetable-tanned leather

Dremel 3D Printers

Dremel Brand ONLY for the Dremel 3D Printers.

Flashforge 3D Printer can fit any brand of .5kg-1kg PLA filament spools.

How do I reserve time with a certain machine/station/staff member? 

To reserve time, visit our website, SmartHub (ithaca.siso.co/cct). If you are interested in working with a specific staff member, reach out via email (cct@ithaca.edu) or drop in to find out when certain staff will be available for individualized help.

How long can I spend in the makerspace? 

To keep everyone safe during COVID, we are limiting the time you can spend in the makerspace to two hours at a time.  

How many reservations can I make at once? 

During a 24 hour period, you can make one reservation per machine for up to two hours . After the initial 24 hour period, you can make a new reservation. You can reserve up to two weeks ahead of time.

Can I share a reservation with someone if we want to work together? 

Yes, you can share a reservation with someone. Make sure each person registers separately and follows appropriate social distancing guidelines.  

Are you open evenings and weekends? 

FALL 2022 Hours will include some later evening hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays (open until 7PM).

We are currently unable to offer weekend availability, but if you would like to voice your interest in the Makerspace being open on the weekends, please fill out this form: CCT General Feedback

How can I get my DVD digitized? 

  • All you need to do is bring your DVD to the Center for Creative Technology in Job 102. We will digitize your DVD and let you know when it is ready to be picked up.  
  • DVD Digitization is available through Campus Mail as well. You can either drop it off at the Mail Center or send it to our office through USPS. Once we receive the DVD, we can digitize it and upload it to your Media Gallery. Please fill out the digitization form here! Let us know if you have any other questions regarding this remote process. 

Can you design a poster for me? 

Yes, faculty members can contact us at cct@ithaca.edu to request a poster. After you email us with all necessary information (content, size, colors, etc.), we will work with you to create your design. When the design is finished, we will email you a digital version or we can print it through the print shop. The cost of printing is the requesting department's responsibility.

Can you print my poster?  

Yes, we work with the on-campus printing center to print posters. When you request a poster to be designed, just let us know if you would like it to be printed. We will need to know the size of the poster, the type of paper, and how many you would like to be printed. Alternatively, we can give you a PDF or PNG file of your poster for you to send to the Print Shop yourself or to print on your own printer.  

Can I schedule time to work with a Creative Technology Specialist (student staff)? 

Yes, you can schedule time to work a Creative Technology Specialist. Our student staff are well trained and able to help you with any project you want to start. Use our reservation system to schedule an appointment or send us an email at cct@ithaca.edu.  

Can I use VR in one of my classes? 

Yes, we are happy to work with your class to incorporate VR into your curriculum. Send us an email at cct@ithaca.edu to get started.  

What VR equipment is available to reserve? 

Job 103 is outfitted with a charging cart that houses multiple Oculus/Meta Quests preloaded with experiences. You can reserve a time to use the equipment in the room, with or without staff assistance.