The Creation Station

UW Makerspace puts no limits on a student’s imagination.

Students collaborate on projects in the UW Makerspace

 

The Makerspace opened its doors in 2017. Housed in Wendt Commons and funded as part of the Grainger Engineering Design Innovation Laboratory, it contains a machine shop, prototyping tools, and the Kohler Innovation Visualization Studio for virtual-reality projects.

Students collaborate on projects in the UW Makerspace

 

The Makerspace supports for-credit courses and offers free workshops, such as one on thermoforming masks held before Halloween. Starting in summer, the space will host an interdisciplinary master’s degree program.

Closeup of person's hand holding a wooden business card featuring the UW Makerspace logo

 

Some of the most popular tools in the Makerspace are its 3D scanners and printers, with more than 3,000 parts printed in 2018–19. Waterjets, drones, and laser cutters — used to cut this marketing card — are also available.

Students collaborate on projects in the UW Makerspace

 

To encourage peer-to-peer, hands-on learning, the Makerspace is staffed mostly by graduate and undergraduate students. A large staff — each student works about 10 hours a week — helps create a diverse and welcoming space.

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