Makerspaces give our students a unique collaborative space to work on practical projects and coursework
Makerspaces engage minds and encourage creative thinking and problem solving
Makerspaces encourage innovation, prototyping and concept development
Makerspaces take our students’ learning experience beyond the classroom, providing a collaborative social space for students to work on hands-on projects, coursework and prototyping. All UNSW students have access to Makerspaces, provided you have completed a Makerspaces Safety Induction.
The Makerspaces throughout our Kensington Campus provide access to a ton of equipment and training. Students can learn variety of technical skills such as experience using hand tools, drill presses, 3D printers and laser cutters.
As well as providing unique space, the Makerspace Mentoring Program was implemented as part of the Makerspace initiative to educate students on the use of fabricating equipment. We’re aiming to expand this program in 2019, to allow our students to develop their skills further – watch this space!
A UNSW student working at UNSW's MakerSpaces
Currently, engineering students can acces two Makerspaces at UNSW:
- MME Willis Annex (J18)
- MCIC Hilmer Building (E10)
Both these Makerspaces have a range of tools, equipment and friendly staff to help out with your projects.
During term time, these Makerspaces are open Monday to Friday 10am - 8pm & Saturdays 10am - 6pm.
The first and most crucial step is to complete a general Makerspace Safety Induction.
You will need to:
- Read a safe work procedure
- Complete a quiz
- Attend a 3-hour practical activity and learn to make our induction product - a handy laptop stand!
- Once you have completed the practical it enables you to work in BOTH spaces - you only need to do ONE induction at EITHER MCIC or Willis Annex.
This induction is a ground up induction to using and understanding equipment, tools, and methodologies. you will learn how to safely and effectively use hand and power tools including drill presses, bandsaws, jig saws, sanders, and variou shand tools. There is also other equipment that we can work with you to learn through additional training such as laser cutters, 3D printers and CNC machines.