Getting started in the makerspaces

A guide for learning about and getting started on projects in the libraries makerspaces.

What is a makerspace?

A makerspace is a collaborative work space for making, learning, exploring, and sharing that uses both high-tech and no-tech tools. You'll find 3D printers, smart cutters for vinyl stickers and other materials, soldering irons, sewing machines, VR headsets, rotary tools, software for 3D modelling and embroidery design, plus basic supplies for prototyping and crafting. Makerspaces are a place where you can try new things, feel free to fail, and pursue passion projects or hobbies with other individuals across all of campus.

The Libraries Makerspaces are open to UMN folks from all majors, programs, and skill levels. Equipment and materials are always free for UMN students, staff, and faculty.

Where are these spaces?

HSL Virtual Reality Studio

Walter Breakerspace

The Toaster Innovation Hub
Walter Library Basement

HSL Makerspace

Health Sciences Education Center
Room 5-101

Virtual Reality Studio

Health Sciences Education Center
Room 5-132


  • Prusa i3 Mk3S 3D printer
  • Prusa Mini 3D printer
  • Cricut Maker vinyl cutter
  • Brother SE 600 sewing and embroidery machine
  • Audio recorders
  • Video recorders
  • Knitting and crochet supplies
  • Cross stitching supplies
  • Beadwork supplies
  • Axidraw tablet
  • Drawing tablet
  • Dremel 3000
  • HTC Vive VR Set
  • Oculus Go VR Set


  • Prusa i3 Mk3S 3D printer
  • Prusa Mini 3D printer
  • Creality CR-10 Max 3D printer
  • FormLabs Form3 resin printer
  • Einscan SP 3D scanner
  • Einscan Pro 2X 3D scanner
  • Cricut Maker vinyl cutter
  • Roland GS-24 vinyl cutter
  • Brother SE600 sewing and embroidery machine
  • Janome Magnolia 7318 sewing machine
  • Makyu Formbox vacuum former
  • OrangeMonkie Foldio light tent
  • Knitting and crochet supplies
  • Beadwork supplies
  • Axidraw tablet
  • Nomad 883 Pro CNC mill
  • Universal Laser PLS 6.75 laser cutter


  • Valve Index VR set
  • Oculus Quest 2 VR set
  • Microsoft Hololens 2 AR set
  • Insta360 One X 360 camera
  • Oculus Go VR set
  • Oculus Quest VR set
  • Ricoh Theta 360 camera


Last Updated: Apr 12, 2022 3:12 PM