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    



From the classroom to the Makerspace

Makerspaces are also being incorporated into design focused engineering course to provide practical making experiences. Associate Lecturer Dan Eggler restructured MECH3110 to include practical assessments, using the Makerspace to make this happen. 

"Student’s having access to Makerspaces was critical to the successful implementation of the prototyping component. All the necessary tools and machines to build the project was available to the students at very flexible hours. Having a makerspace mentor on hand to field any questions and provide guidance as the students came across difficulties throughout the build process was invaluable."

- Associate Lecturer Dan Eggler

Why have Makerspaces?
  • 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

Where are they?

Currently, engineering students can acces two Makerspaces at UNSW:

  1. MME Willis Annex (J18)
  2. MCIC Hilmer Building (E10)

Both these Makerspaces have a range of tools, equipment and friendly staff to help out with your projects.  

Opening Times

During term time, these Makerspaces are open Monday to Friday 10am - 8pm & Saturdays 10am - 6pm. 

Accessing the Makerspaces

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. 

Sign up for an induction here