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 works very closely with AIADO.


Service Disruption

Covid-19 / Coronavirus

With the Covid-19 outbreak and the affect on the SAIC community, we will experience a disruption in services we can offer. Keep an eye on this page for updates as they are released.


The AOC will be closed until further notice




Get Certified for Laser Cutting

Get Certified for 3D Scanning

Get Certified  For Ultimaker Self Service Printing

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Covid-19 ClosureThe AOC is closed until further notice.


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.