For Students:

How can I use all of this fantastic equipment?
First, follow the instructions on the "Join" tab to register as a user and sign up for an orientation. Once you are properly oriented, you can contact a designated superuser for each piece of equipment you'd like to use. Some of the equipment has associated fees to cover consumables so please make sure that your professor sets up an account that can be charged. Otherwise, you will not be able to reserve and use the equipment.

For Faculty:

How do I set up an account that my students can charge in the lab?
To set up an account, you must be a Nanocenter user. Sign up here:

Once you have done that, sign into the Nanocenter Scheduler ( On the left side of the page, you'll find the "My Quick Links" sidebar. Click "My Accounts" and create a new account with the FRS number you'd like to charge. Once you have created this account, you can edit users by selecting "Users" in the "Manage My Accounts" table. Find your student in the Unauthorized User list and move them over to the Authorized User list. 

Alternately, you can fill out the RRL Account Setup Form and return it to Alice Mobaidin (

What are the fees for equipment use?
Fees are charged to cover consumables and parts easily damaged for certain equipment. A table with current hourly fees for the major lab equipment is listed below. These fees are subject to change as costs change. There is no charge for equipment not in this table (soldering stations, scopes, power supplies, fume hood, etc).

Equipment Hourly Fee 
Objet30 Pro 3D printer $5
uPrint SE Plus 3D printer  $5 
Universal VLS3.50 laser cutter  $5 
Westbond wire bonder  $5 
Roland MDX-540 4-axis mill  $5 
Baxter  $0 
Kuka LBR5 arms  $0 
Optitrack Prime17w motion capture  $0 
Segway RMP-440LE  $0 

Can users outside the university use this equipment?
Currently, you need to be collaborating with somebody in the Maryland Robotics Center to make use of the Robotics Realization Lab. Depending on equipment usage, we may open the lab to users outside of the Maryland Robotics Center and outside the university in the future.