The Makerspace provides equipment, materials, and tools that promote innovation and creativity. The space is free to all U of M Twin Cities faculty, students, and staff.
Learners at all skill levels can visit the Makerspace to:
- explore new technologies,
- attend workshops and receive guidance on designs and tools,
- prototype ideas,
- build problem-solving skills,
- apply technology to coursework and research,
- and have fun, build community, and be creative.
Makerspace staff offer help with projects from idea to creation to project refinement.Connect with an expert
Equipment and supplies
The Makerspace has a variety of equipment, materials, and supplies, including:
- vinyl cutters,
- 3D printers,
- sewing machines,
- and soldering irons.
Upcoming Makerspace workshops
Workshops are free of charge on a first come, first-served basis. Registration requested.
The Linux operating system (OS) family is a great tool for makers. While learning these OSes is itself an interesting DIY project, Linux OSes are also the go-to system for single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi and BeagleBoards. In this session you’ll learn some of the basics of navigating and using Linux OSes, as well as a few tips and tricks for diagnosing problems.
In this session we’ll go beyond the basics of using 3D printing and learn a little bit about how to design your very own model that you can print. We will talk about how 3D design and printing work, use an easy tool (Tinkercad) to explore the concepts and design an object, and discuss other software programs and methods of making printable files. This session is oriented towards beginners with little to no experience with 3D design, but all are welcome to attend.
Get started using a robust 3D design program during this session. We’ll go over the basics of Autodesk’s Fusion 360 software, including navigating the interface and generating solid objects. You’ll learn more about how to make something that you can 3D print. We recommend that you bring a laptop with Fusion 360 already installed (available free online to students and hobbyists). The workshop “Introduction to 3D Design” is a recommended prerequisite.
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The Makerspace is closed until further notice due to the University's response to COVID-19. The University Libraries will be operating on a reduced schedule.