Facilities & Tools

The Idea Fab Labs facility is a 6,900 sq. ft. building, four blocks from CSU, Chico with multiple work-spaces, access to standard and high-tech tools, a large art gallery, indoor and outdoor areas for group activities, and an active community of makers, designers, artists, programmers and more. Here’s an ever-growing list of available resources:

The different facilities and tools at IFL are broken up into zones. with each zone devoted to a specific study.

All members have access to the Autodesk Master Suite.

Laser Cutting Zone

V-460 Universal Laser Engraver (45w C02) — 18 x 24 inch cutting space.

CorelDRAW 7x on laser work station & 2 other computers available for use.

3D Printing Zone

(3) PrintrBot Simple Metal – 6in x 6in x 6in print area (one unit has heated bed)

PLA and ABS material is available at a rate of $1 per hour of use.

3D Scanning Zone

Makerbot Digitizer 3D Scanner + Software.

Sense 3D Scanner + Software.

CNC Shopbot Zone

Large CNC ShopBot Table – 4′ x 14′ cutting area

Wood Working Zone

Jet Table Saw

Router Table

Drill Press

Belt Sander

Compound Miter Saw (Chopsaw)


Impact Drivers

Circular Saws

50 + Clamps

Safety Gear

…and more!

Jewelry, Leather, Textile Zone

Husqvarna Designer Diamond Royale Digital Embroidery Machine

Walking Foot Industrial Leather Sewing Machine

Juki Straight Stitch Industrial Sewing Machine

Brother Standard Sewing Machine

Speedylock Serger

Large Cutting Table

Soft Metal Soldering Station

Dremel Station

Hammers, Anvils, and other Fine Metalworking Tools

Presses and other Leather-Working Tools

Screen Printing Zone

Quad-Screen Printing Press

Flash-Cure Dryer

Some Mesh Screens and Inks Provided

Heat Guns

Electronics Zone

Soldering Irons

Digital Oscilloscope

Logic Analyzer

Adjustable Power Supply

Adjustable Heat Gun

Picks, Solder-Suckers, Safety Gear and more.

Audio Zone

Midi Keyboard

Midi Guitar



DJ Table (with 2xCDJ-800s and Allen & Heath mixer)

Abelton Live Software

APC-40 Controller

KRK Rokit 6 Studio Quality Monitors


  • Wifi Internet access and multiple PC and Linux work stations
  • HP Designjet 500 (2′ wide printing space)
  • Library of educational books and resources
  • AutoDesk Master Suite Educational License
  • Workbench space

Hand Tools





Levels and Squares


Impact Drivers


Measuring Tapes

Utility Knives

…and more!

Lockers & Storage

Lockers are available for rent for a nominal monthly fee in three different sizes: