Makerspace

Makerspace

The Atkins Makerspace is on the second floor of J. Murrey Atkins Library, and is open to all current UNC Charlotte students, faculty, and staff. The space is equipped for all kinds of making, and contains equipment and materials such as 3D printers, a laser cutter, desktop CNC routers, sewing machines, paints, wood, circuitry kits, textiles, and more.

Visit Make.UNCC.edu to learn about makerspaces all across campus.

 

Visit the Makerspace page of our Area 49 LibGuide for more detailed information on machines and offerings.

 

Hours

Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, beginning September 28th.

Access & Training

Basic Use

Before using the Makerspace, all users will sign the Atkins Makerspace Safety and Use Agreement.

Machine Use

Training

If you wish to operate a Makerspace machine, you must undergo a training session. After your first training, you will receive a training badge, which will keep track of all machines you have been trained on. To use a machine, show your badge to the Makerspace Monitor. You will receive a color-coded lanyard that gives you authorization for the machine at that time. You will be responsible for the machine until you return the lanyard.

A list of all trainings and workshops and registration details can be found on the Workshops page. If you have been trained on the same machine at the CCI Makerspace or RōFL, you may provide proof of training as an alternative to training at this site.

Reserving Machine Time

Any machine requiring extended use time, such as the 3D printers, the CNC milling machines, and the laser cutter, must be reserved in the Group Study system. You will gain access to the schedules for these machines once you undergo trainings.

Master Maker Level

After training on all machines and demonstrating proficiency, you may request “Master Maker” status. Master Makers will have card access and use of the Makerspace outside of regular operating hours. Priority is given to academic and/or research projects. If you are interested in this level of access, please speak to the Makerspace Monitor.

Safety

  • Ensure that all tools are cooled and off before stepping away or storing items.

  • Remove personal items that could become entangled when operating equipment. Tie back long hair.

  • Closed-toe shoes must be worn at all times.

  • Modification of tools and equipment is prohibited.

  • Use the supplied protective gear listed near each machine when producing dust, particles, shavings, or heat.

  • Food and drink are not allowed inside the room, with the exception of closed water bottles.

  • All accidents, including minor injuries and hazardous conditions or activities, must be reported immediately to Makerspace staff.

  • All Makerspace materials, services, and products are provided by Atkins Library on an “as is” basis without warranties or representations of any sort, expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, warranties of merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose. If something is broken or not fit for use, alert Makerspace staff. Items can often be repaired, but in some cases, replacement cost fines may apply.

Code of Conduct

All users should comply with the UNC Charlotte Code of Student Academic Integrity, Code of Student Responsibility, and all other UNC Charlotte policies. In addition, we ask that all users follow the guidelines below for continued use of the Atkins Makerspace.

Atkins Makerspace users must:

  • Attend appropriate training for any equipment used;

  • Contact staff for equipment repair or troubleshooting;

  • Use tools and equipment only for their intended purposes with approved materials;

  • Pay for items that require payment;

  • Ensure that all items are cooled before storing;

  • Remove personal files from storage cards and machine memory;

  • Remove all personal items from the Makerspace. We do not provide storage space for created objects, but if your project requires drying or setting time, speak with the Makerspace Monitor for accommodations.

Atkins Makerspace users must not:

  • Make or reproduce weapons, drug paraphernalia, illegal objects, or any accessory or component related to the above

  • Make or reproduce any copyrighted, patented, or trademarked items;

  • Sell items made in the Makerspace;

Fees

There are no fees associated with using the Makerspace tools and equipment, but users will pay for selected consumable supplies, such as 3D filament. Payment will be collected at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.

Item

Cost

3D printer filament

.25 per gram ($1 minimum)

Vinyl

$1 per linear foot

Large format printing (b&w)

$1.80 per linear foot

Large format printing (color)

$6 per linear foot

Wood sheets

.10 per square inch

Wood blocks

.15 per cubic inch

Tile

.20 per square inch

Cardboard

free



If you have any questions, please email atkinstechsupport@uncc.edu or talk with a Makerspace Monitor.