The ATLAS BTU Lab is a hackerspace and maker community situated on the first floor of the Roser ATLAS Building (ATLS 113). The lab is operated by the ATLAS Institute and it is open to all CU Boulder students, regardless of department or field of study. The BTU will have separate access to two areas: the BTU Lab work area and classroom (ATLS Rm 113 and 113A), and the BTU Tool Room (ATLS 105). Members of the BTU Lab have access to a wide range of tools and fabrication equipment, including 3D printers, a laser cutter, woodworking tools, electronic equipment and more. 


In Fall, 2022, BTU Lab direction was appointed to Zack Weaver, Teaching Assistant Professor in CTD. Zack brings 15 years of education, studio and makerspace experience to ATLAS. He is redesigning the BTU Lab in every way and thanks the community in advance for adapting to changes, which will be ongoing for the foreseeable future.

All existing community members, please be prepared to take a new orientation to maintain access, once upgrades to equipment, space and policy are complete. Thank you.

Sign Up Procedure

Students can join the BTU Lab or the BTU Tool Room by filling out this form. For swipe access to either the BTU Lab or BTU Tool Room, students must first go through the proper orientation.

BTU Lab Orientations take about 30 minutes and are conducted in-person. BTU Toolroom orientations are separate, take about an hour, and are also in-person.


What’s in each room now?

113 (Covered by the BTU Lab orientation)

  • 25 seats for classes or workshops
  • community work tables
  • electronics equipment 
  • soldering irons

113A (Covered by the BTU Lab orientation)

  • Laser cutter (must be used with a laser master, laser master appointments will be posted in a few weeks)
  • 3D printers (coming soon)
  • Sewing machines (as requested - pending staff availability)

105 (Covered by the BTU Tool Room orientation)

{Access to 113A and 105 are separate)

  • Community Workbench
  • Bandsaw
  • Drill Press
  • Sander
  • Chop saw
  • CNC
  • Tablesaw
  • Hand tools