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.


Book Appointments with AOC Staff

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.



Summer 2021May 24 to Aug 31stMonday to Friday: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fall2021Sept 1st to Dec 20thMonday to Thursday: 8:30am to 9:00pm
Friday: 8:30am to 4:00pm
No weekend hours



Location:36 S Wabash Ave, Rm 1232, Chicago, IL 60603

Schedule an appointment

Starting Fall 2020 as part of our Make Ready plan, the AOC is moving to online only reservations for laser cutting, 3D scanning, computer lab use, 2D scanner use, and staff consultations. You cannot enter the AOC without an appointment so you must use Acuity for making appointments.

To use Acuity, use the embedded page below and select the resource you wish to use. Note, some resources have longer lead times than others. After making the appointment, you’ll get an email with information about your reservation.

Keep in mind, these AOC staff appointments are over Zoom. Do not show up to the AOC to talk to staff. You’ll meet online only.

If the embed below does not work, you can also find the schedule here: