The IlmkubatorLab

The open workshop for creatives and makers

The IlmkubatorLab is the makerspace of the Start-up Service and part of the FabLab@TU-Ilmenau.

Students, employees and, in particular, start-up teams can use the use space and tools to work on the development of prototypes or the implementation of their own projects. This can be done under supervision and guidance or in free work. The focus is on fully equipped soldering and electronics workstations, as well as 3D printers and tools for wood and metalworking.

All available machines and equipment can be booked on a dedicated platform, but can also be requested by e-mail. In addition, the IlmkubatorLab in the Finnhütten (Langewiesener Straße 32) is open to all students and employees of the university on two weekdays.

More about the development of the FabLab here


3D printing and electronics workstations

  • Electronics workstation incl. soldering oven and desktop PCB router
  • Soldering workstations incl. various soldering kits to learn how to solder
  • FDM printer for printing with PLA and PETG filament
  • MSLA printer for printing with liquid synthetic resin (Resin)
  • Ultrasonic bath
  • UV light station

Woodworking and more

  • Workbench with vice
  • Multifunctional tool
  • Plunge-cut saw (for aluminum and wood)
  • Random orbital sander
  • Cordless impact drill and cordless drill driver
  • Cordless jigsaw
  • Extraction mobile incl. pre-separator
  • Cutting plotter

A complete list of all devices and their specifications can be found on the FabLab platform.

Access to the IlmkubatorLab

Terms of use

The IlmkubatorLab is open to all interested parties, Previous knowledge or own projects are not mandatory. The Ilmkubator helps and supports you in finding ideas and provides instruction on machines and processes. Instruction is mandatory before using the equipment. Students and employees of the university can use the IlmkubatorLab free of charge. However, donations or the use of your own materials are welcome, especially for larger projects.

Opening hours

The workshop is freely accessible during OpenLab hours. The regular opening hours for this are Tuesday, 9:00 - 12:00, and Thursday, 13:00 - 16:00. Deviations can be found in the event calendar or on the FabLab platform.


All projects are welcome in the IlmkubatorLab: From test objects for final theses and research projects to prototypes for start-up projects and private projects, we are happy to welcome any user.

About the FabLab@TU-Ilmenau

The FabLab@TU-Ilmenau offers a central entry point to the open workshops at the TU Ilmenau. These offer access to modern (additive/decentralized) manufacturing processes and make it possible to produce individual items and high-quality prototypes. The central portal contains

- Information on workshops and learning spaces (equipment, capacity, access, opening hours)

- Information about machines, tools, exhibits (areas of application, technical features, requirements)

- Booking of laboratories, machines, training courses

- Integration of further offers

- Presentation of finished projects as a source of inspiration


The FabLab was implemented under the leadership of the Ilmkubator (EXIST-Potentiale) and the examING project funded by the Innovation in Higher Education Foundation in close cooperation with the following partners and initiatives:

- Makerspace@UB of the university library

- practicING - for more practice in engineering studies

- UNIKAT - the pupil and student workshop


The IlmkubatorLab project is funded by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.

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