General Questions

What is Inworks?
When is Inworks Open?
Where is Inworks Located?
How can I travel between Inworks Downtown and Inworks AMC?
Can I take a tour of Inworks?
Whats the difference between a course, training, and workshop?
Can I become a “member” of Inworks?
Where can I find out about upcoming events at Inworks?
I have a project idea and would like to collaborate or volunteer my expertise on a project with Inworks. What do I need to do?
I’m interested in hosting an event at Inworks. What do I need to do?
I’m a K-12 educator and would like to learn more about Inworks. Who do I need to contact?

Questions about Programs

Where can I learn more about Inworks Programs?
I have questions about Inworks Programs. Who do I need to contact?

Questions about Courses

Where can I find information about courses?
How do I sign up to take a course?
Who can take a course? Are there any requirements?
Do I have to be an engineering major to take a course?
I’m a high school student. What do I need to do to enroll in a course?
Do I need to be a UC Denver student to take a course?

Questions about Trainings and Workshops

What’s the difference between a training and a workshop?
How do I sign up to take a training or workshop?
I have prior experience with some or all of the tools in your lab. Do I need to go through your training to be certified?
I missed the deadline to signup for a workshop. Can I just drop in?
I have another question about Trainings or Workshops?

Questions about the Prototyping Lab

What is the Prototyping Lab and how can it be used?
Can the tools and machines be used for my other class work or an outside project?
I’m curious about the Prototyping Lab and would like a tour. Can I drop by for a visit?
What forms do I need to read/sign before working in the Prototyping Lab?
What are the dress requirements?
Do I need to wear safety glasses for the laser cutter and 3d printers?
Is there space for project storage?
I lost my badge. Can I get a new one?
Where can I find more information about the Biolab?
I know how to use the laser cutter upstairs in Architecture but its booked all the time. Can I just use the system at Inworks?
I’m an Architecture (or other) student with a project I would like to fabricate at Inworks. Is this allowed?
I have another question about the Prototyping Lab.

Questions about Technology

What kind of computers and software do students have access to?
Can I take a laptop home?
Can I install new software on a laptop?
Can I use my own laptop for coursework?
Do you have access to the Adobe Creative Suite?

Have a question or comment? Let us know!

 

General Questions

What is Inworks?

Inworks is a new initiative of the University of Colorado Denver │ Anschutz Medical Campus that draws together faculty, staff and students from across the two campuses, as well as entrepreneurs and leaders from industry, government, education and the community, to address problems of importance to human society. Our mission is to impart skills and habits of mind that allow people to collaboratively create impactful solutions to human problems. Inworks seeks to create innovative solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems, while in the process creating life-long innovators.

Inworks: An Academic Skunk Works

Solutions to the hard problems that confront modern society generally require more than one kind of knowledge, and the knowledge needed to solve such problems is often to be found in a completely different domain than the problem itself. Interdisciplinary innovation is thus an essential tool for solving challenging problems, and an essential skill set for people entering the future workforce. Today’s college graduates will likely have more than ten different careers during their lifetime, and half of those jobs do not exist today. How should we prepare our students for careers that do not yet exist? How do we create an environment in which students learn and practice interdisciplinary innovation? 

When is Inworks Open?

We are open Monday – Friday, 9am - 5pm for classes, trainings, and workshops with extended Open Hours during the week and weekend for students and project teams to work*. Visitors are allowed to take a self-guided tour (brochure provided near each entry) but may be asked to come back later if class is in session or the lab is in heavy use. We recommend scheduling a tour if you are interested in getting the full tour using our tour request form. There is also a student receptionist in the staff office who can also help you.

 

Business Hours (faculty and student staff available):
Monday – Friday, 9 to 5 pm

Open Lab hours (only student staff available):

Monday - Thursday 9 to 9 pm



 

Where is Inworks Located?

Inworks Downtown: 

Inworks Downtown is located on the corner of 14th & Larimer in the CU Dravo Building, First Floor Suite 1300.
Address: 1250 14th Street, Suite 1300, Denver CO 80202

 

Directions:
For Public Transit - (from the south) We suggest taking the D/F/H lines to the Theater District / Convention Center stop, and then walking west on 14th Street for 3 1/2 blocks. (from the north) If you arrive at Union Station (for example, using the Flatirons Flyer buses), we suggest taking the 16th Street Mallride from Union Station east to Larimer, and walking 2 blocks south to our location.

Directions from Denver International Airport (DIA):
+ Follow Pena Blvd towards I-70 W.
+ Exit left to merge onto I-70 W.
+ Take exit 274 to merge onto I-25 S toward Colorado Springs.
+ Keep left to merge onto I-25 S.
+ Take exit 212B onto Speer Blvd N.
+ Turn left onto N Speer Blvd.
+ Turn Left onto Lawrence St.
Inworks entrance is on the corner of 14th and Lawrence.

Directions from Boulder:
+ Follow Arapahoe Ave to US-36/28th street/Denver-Boulder Turnpike
+ Continue on US-36 towards Denver to I-25 S.
+ Take exit to merge onto I-25 S.
+ Take exit 212B onto Speer Blvd N.
+ Turn left onto N Speer Blvd.
+ Turn Left onto Lawrence St.
Inworks entrance is on the corner of 14th and Lawrence.

Parking:
Pay lots can be found around campus and downtown Denver, as well as metered street parking. The most reasonably priced parking garage in the area is at the Tivoli Station, on campus at Auraria Parkway and 9th Street. The walk to Inworks from that parking garage is about half a mile. Walk northeast from the Tivoli, up Larimer, across Speer. We are at 14th and Larimer.

Inworks Anschutz Medical Campus:

Inworks Anschutz Medical Campus (Anschutz) is located at the University Health Sciences Library, second floor.
Address: 12950 E Montview Blvd, Aurora, CO 80045.

 

Directions:
For Public Transit - (from the west) We suggest taking the A line to Peoria Station, and then walking south crossing the tracks to the 121 bus line, exiting at the Peoria St & Montview Blvd stop. Walk for 11 mins to The Health Sciences Library. This option takes just over 1 hr. Alternatively, take the 15 or 15L bus from Union Station to arrive at 17 Pl & Aurora Ct in front of Building 500. Walk for 8 mins to the back side of Bulding 500 to the Health Sciences Library.

Directions from Denver International Airport (DIA):
+ Follow Pena Blvd towards I-70 E.
+ Exit left to merge onto I-70 W.
+ Take exit 282 to merge onto I-225 toward Colorado Springs/Aurora.
+ Keep right to take exit 10 toward Route 40
+ Turn right onto E 17th Pl
+ Turn right onto Fitzsimons Pkwy
+ Turn left onto E Montview Blvd
Locate street parking or use any of the parking structures near the Health Sciences Library. Enter at the front of the library and walk up the stairs to the 2nd floor.

Directions from Boulder:
+ Follow Arapahoe Ave to US-36/28th street/Denver-Boulder Turnpike
+ Continue on US-36 towards Denver to I-25 S.
+ Take exit to merge onto I-25 S.
+ Continue on to I-270 E
+ Merge onto I-70 E
+ Take exit 282 to merge onto I-225 toward Colorado Springs/Aurora.
+ Keep right to take exit 10 toward Route 40
+ Turn right onto E 17th Pl
+ Turn right onto Fitzsimons Pkwy
+ Turn left onto E Montview Blvd
Locate street parking or use any of the parking structures near the Health Sciences Library. Enter at the front of the library and walk up the stairs to the 2nd floor.

Parking:
Pay lots can be found around the library, as well as un-metered street parking (free for 2 hrs). The most reasonably priced parking garage ($5 per day) in the area a short 8 min walk from the library. There is another parking lot adjacent to the library between Building 500 and the library.

How can I travel between Inworks Downtown and Inworks Anschutz?

There are several ways to travel between the two campuses:

Can I take a tour of Inworks?

Submit a request using the tour request form on our website. Our weekly tours are Thursdays at 3pm.

Whats the difference between a course, training, and workshop?

Courses – Courses are offered on a per semester basis for University credit to enrolled students. Registration is required through CU Denver.

Trainings – Trainings are offered to allow students and community participants to become comfortable in the lab. Every piece of equipment in the lab requires training in order to operate safely. Trainings result in being certified on equipment. Sign up for trainings at http://inworks.eventbrite.com.

Workshops – Workshops are available to the general public. Workshops enable participants to learn skills and strategy from Inworks instructors, students, and collaborators. Workshops do not result in being certified on equipment. Sign up for workshops at http://inworks.eventbrite.com.

Can I become a “member” of Inworks?

Inworks does not have a membership model similar to a typical makerspace. We have chosen to offer courses, trainings, workshops, and events as a way to involve community participants.

Where can I find out about upcoming events at Inworks?

Signup for our mailing list and/or follow us on social media to stay in the loop. All our networking events are open to the public. You can see all events on our calendar.

I have a project idea and would like to collaborate or volunteer my expertise on a project with Inworks. What do I need to do?

Fill out our collaborate form and we will be in touch.

I’m interested in hosting an event at Inworks. What do I need to do?

We are interested in groups working on solutions to challenging problems. If your group is doing something we may be interested in, fill our our contact form and we will be in touch.

I’m a K-12 educator and would like to learn more about Inworks. Who do I need to contact?

Contact Kate Goodman for assistance. 


Questions about Programs

Where can I learn more about Inworks Programs?

I have questions about Inworks Programs. Who do I need to contact?

Please contact Kelsie Faulds.


Questions about Courses

Where can I find information about courses?

Detailed descriptions of the courses that make up our minor and certificates can be found on the here.

How do I sign up to take a course?

Current CU Denver students:

Current CU students attending another CU campus:

Current Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) or Community College of Denver (CCD) students:

All other individuals (including high school students):
Follow the steps below to register as a non-degree seeking student at CU Denver:

  • Apply for admission as an undergraduate or graduate non-degree seeking student.  Be sure to apply for main campus versus extended studies admission.  We recommend selecting the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences as your area of interest.

  • Once you are admitted as a non-degree seeking student, you may register online via http://www.ucdenver.edu/ucdaccess.

Questions? Contact Kelsie Faulds for assistance.

Who can take a course? Are there any requirements?

Anyone! We encourage students from all backgrounds to enroll in Inworks classes and many of our classes do not have prerequisites, including IWKS 2100/5100: Human-Centered Design, Innovation, and Prototyping.  See our course catalog for class descriptions and requirements.

Do I have to be an engineering major to take a course?

Absolutely not! Inworks is not affiliated with any established school or college because we want to encourage interdisciplinarity. Any and all majors are welcome. If you haven’t decided on a major yet, Inworks can also be a great place to explore a wide variety of interest areas.

I’m a high school student. What do I need to do to enroll in a course?

See above for how to register and contact Kelsie Faulds with any questions.  

Do I need to be a UC Denver student to take a course?

No!  See above for how to register and contact Kelsie Faulds with any questions.  


Questions about Trainings and Workshops

What’s the difference between a training and a workshop?

Trainings result in certification on the various tools and machinery in the prototyping lab, workshops don’t.

How do I sign up to take a training or workshop?

The current workshop schedule can be seen at http://inworks.eventbrite.com.

I have prior experience with some or all of the tools in your lab. Do I need to go through your training to be certified?

Yes, anyone wanting to work on projects is required to go through training. We may be able to accelerate the training process based on prior experience.

I missed the deadline to signup for a workshop. Can I just drop in?

No. All workshops require a minimum number of 3 people (or as determined by the workshop) to run. Any workshop not meeting the minimum number 24 hrs prior to the workshop start time will be canceled. Our workshops are recurrent so look for another time to sign up at http://inworks.eventbrite.com.

I have another question about Trainings or Workshops?

Contact Kelsie Faulds for assistance.


Questions about the Prototyping Lab

What is the Prototyping Lab and how can it be used?

The Prototyping Lab facility is an educational environment similar to a makerspace built to empower students and project teams with the tools and machinery to realize their ideas. We allow the prototyping and fabrication of at least one of anything. In general, we are setup for low volume (single digit) production. We are not setup for medium and large volume production services.

Can the tools and machines be used for my other class work or an outside project?

We welcome the use of tools and machines for other applications if it doesn't impede or prevent Inworks students from completing their project work and you are trained on the tools you want to use.

I’m curious about the Prototyping Lab and would like a tour. Can I drop by for a visit?

No. We kindly ask that you submit a tour request using the contact form on our website. Our weekly tours are Thursdays at 3pm.

What forms do I need to read/sign before working in the Prototyping Lab?

What are the dress requirements?

  • Always wear closed toed shoes.
  • When using a tool or machine that requires skin protection, wear clothing that covers your arms and legs, as appropriate.
  • Do not wear excessively loose clothing. Remember that prototyping can be messy, so you probably do not want to wear your best clothing.
  • Remove any jewelry that could catch on a tool or machine (necklaces, rings, bracelets, watches, etc.) If you have long hair, it must be tied back, in a hair net or otherwise confined before entering the Inworks prototyping area.
  • Do not wear music ear buds or headphones.

Do I need to wear safety glasses for the laser cutter and 3d printers?

No. We ask that anyone performing work in the lab wear proper safety protection at all times. This includes the use of the CNC router, CNC Mill, machine tools and hand tools that will create any sort of debris in the air.

Is there space for project storage?

Inworks has limited project storage space reserved for current Inworks students and project teams. We don’t have long term storage for large or excessive material such as sheets of plywood. 

I lost my badge. Can I get a new one?

Yes. Contact Inworks student assistant Natalie Nguyen to make a new badge. Your first badge is free. Ordering a replacement is $20.

Where can I find more information about the Biolab?

Our Bio Lab is managed by Andrew Henderson. Students who are taking Synthetic Biology for Innovators or Bio-Design have access to the lab. Students or community members may also have access if they have had the proper training conducted by our faculty or staff. For more information please contact Andrew

I know how to use the laser cutter upstairs in Architecture but its booked all the time. Can I just use the system at Inworks?

No. Our system is not to be used as Architecture overflow. Please plan accordingly. If you are interested in learning how to use our system for coursework you can go through laser cutter training to be certified to use it. Note current Inworks Students have priority on all tools and machines. 

I’m an Architecture (or other) student with a project I would like to fabricate at Inworks. Is this allowed?

Possibly. We are interested in collaborating with students from any department or course but have reservations regarding the use of Inworks resources solely for fabrication. To determine how best to proceed developing your project or prototypes at Inworks, please contact Andrew Henderson to discuss possibilities.

I have another question about the Prototyping Lab.

Contact Stephen Garran for assistance.


Questions about Technology

What kind of computers and software do students have access to?

We have 40 Windows 10 based laptops equipped with design software for digital fabrication, electronics design, programming, and desktop publishing.

Can I take a laptop home?

No. Laptops must stay at Inworks. You are free to use then during normal business hours and open hours.

Can I install new software on a laptop?

No. Our laptops are preconfigured with all the software required by any Inworks course, training, or workshop.

Can I use my own laptop for coursework?

Of course! Be aware that you may need to purchase software depending on the course. We try to use as many free and open-source software packages as possible.  

Do you have access to the Adobe Creative Suite?

We currently do not have Adobe products on our laptops. If you need access to these tools you can use any of the computers available in the Auraria Library Creative Technology Commons or Library Computer Labs. You can learn more at http://library.auraria.edu/services/technology.


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