Paint and Finishing

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Paint and Finishing

The Paint and Finishing Shop (Room 1221) is the perfect space to work on various projects! It’s outfitted with tables and a paint booth with ventilation and filters so that painting can be done indoors.

Get projects done in 1221


The Paint and Finishing Shop is located in room 1221 on the entry level of the Student Innovation Center.


Open daily by reservation only from 9 AM to 8 PM.

The Building and offices are closed during university holidays. Hours are subject to change.

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Ready to put your ideas into action? Contact us using the form below to sign up for training, or to ask any unanswered questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost?

The Student Innovation Center currently provides consumables for the initial training on each piece of equipment. After training, it’s the user’s responsibility to provide their consumables. Users are not charged for machine time, training, or consultation.

Currently, machine use is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that you will need to provide your protective equipment including safety glasses.

What kinds of projects can I do?

You can work on personal projects, group projects, and class projects within our Makerspaces. You cannot run a business out of the shop.

Who can use the makerspaces?

The Student Innovation Center’s mission is to provide collaborative space for users from all different backgrounds and disciplines. That’s why the Makerspace is open to all Iowa State students, staff, and faculty regardless of major, department, or prior experience.

However, the Makerspace is not available to be checked out for any period by anyone. Professors are welcome to bring their classes into the shop for group training, but classes cannot be held or conducted in the space. Even if professors bring a class in, the shop will remain open for others to use.

I’ve got a great Idea, but where do I start?

We offer consultations! Let us know in the form below if you would like a consultation, or feel free to stop by 2222 during office hours to speak with a shop supervisor.

Sign up for Makerspace training

Sign up

Sign up using the form below, letting us know what project you want to complete or what equipment you want to train on. We will send you a Canvas invitation.

Online training

Once you’ve accepted the Canvas invitation, you’ll need to complete all EHS-required training. Choose the Machine Module you want training for, learn, read the SOP, and then take a short quiz.


Come to the Student Innovation Center for hands-on training. Our Shop Supervisors will work with you one-on-one to get you where you need to be.

Start projects

Practice makes perfect. Use your new skills for personal projects, class projects, and more. We will still be right there with you to help along the way.

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