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.


We're open with modified service! Appointments only!

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. You can view this page for what is different as a result.


We have a number of changes that can be seen here. The lab is by appointment only. Book here.


Virtual Lab Tour

Get Certified for Laser Cutting

Get Certified for 3D Scanning

Book Appointments for Laser Cutters, 3D Scanners, or Lab Use


Fall 2021Sept 1st to Dec 20thMonday to Thursday: 8:30am to 9:00pm
Friday: 8:30am to 4:00pm
No weekend hours

Dates Closed

November 24th to 27thThanksgiving Break


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. Laser cutting certifications are good for four calendar years at both the Advanced Output Center and the 280 Digital Fabrication Studio. Certifications for 3D scanning and 3D printing do not expire.

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