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

Craft supplies
Button maker
Beading & jewelry
Knitting & crochet
Cricut Maker (2)
Audio recorders
Video recorders
Drawing tablet (XP-PEN Deco Pro)
Tracing tablet
Virtual Reality (Valve Index)
Oculus Go VR Set

3D printers (4)

  • Prusa i3 Mk3S
  • Prusa i3 Mk3

Sewing machines

  • Brother SE 400
  • Brother CS 5055 (2)

Craft supplies
Button maker
Knitting & crochet
Light tent (OrangeMonkie Foldio)
Tracing tablet
Plotter (Axidraw V3)
Laser Cutter (Universal Laser PLS 6.75)
Vacuum former (Mayku Formbox) 
Soldering (Hakko) 
Hand tools
3D Printers

  • Prusa i3 Mk3S (7)
  • Prusa Mini (4)

3D Resin Printers

  • FormLabs Form3 system

Vinyl cutters

  • Cricut Maker (2)
  • Roland GS-24 (large format)

Sewing machines

  • Brother SE600 (3)
  • Janome Magnolia 7318

VR Sets

  • Valve Index
  • Oculus Quest 2
  • Microsoft Hololens 2 (AR)
  • Oculus Go
  • Oculus Quest

360 cameras

  • Insta360 One X
  • Ricoh Theta

3D Scanners

  • Einscan SP 3D scanner
  • Einscan Pro 2X 3D scanner


Last Updated: Nov 29, 2023 3:04 PM