The Advanced Output Center is The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s printing and prototyping lab specializing in digital input and output. The AOC’s facilities include laser cutting, large format 2D scanning and 3D printing and scanning.

The AOC is run by the Computer Resources and Information Technologies department, but work very closely with AIADO.



Get Certified for Laser Cutting

Get Certified for 3D Scanning

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Front Lab:24 Hours
Staffed Lab: Fall Schedule: August 29 - December 17
Monday to Thursday
Saturday and Sunday
8:45am to 9:00pm
8:45am to 5:00pm
10:00am to 4:00pm
Winter Schedule: January 2 - January 23
Monday to Friday
Saturday and Sunday
8:45am to 5:00pm
Upcoming Holiday Closures:
Winter Break
December 18 to January 1st.
January 21st.


With very few stipulations, the AOC’s services and facilities are available to currently enrolled students, active faculty and staff at SAIC; some services are open to alumni as well. Please see the individual resource sections for details.

All users must attend an certification prior to using the laser cutters or 3D scanners. The devices are self-service and are available for use during regular operating hours. See the Laser Access Policy or 3D Scanner Access Policy page for details.


Certifications are available online and can take about 30 to 45 minutes to complete. Certifications are good for two calendar years at both the Advanced Output Center and the Columbus Digital Fabrication Studio.

To request a class tour, contact the AOC at or 312.629.6688.