UNSW is creating the largest network of connected makerspaces and workshops in Australia. A network of genuine collaboration and shared values. These values are centered on the principle of barrier free access to tools and tech for all Students, Staff and External Partners.
The UNSW Makerspace Network supports the University’s strategic goal of cross Faculty collaboration, project-based learning, course integration of student led projects, industry engagement and building as an entrepreneurial ecosystem.
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Please read below to find comprehensive answers to the most commonly asked questions.
How do I access a Makerspace?
To get access, you will have to complete the Makerspace Safety Induction Badge. You will have to read our Safe Work Procedure (SWP) and complete a short quiz before doing a 3-hour practical induction will teach you the basics of a workshop, and basic woodworking skills. After this, you will have access to the spaces! If you wish to use Laser Cutters or 3D Printers however, there’s a separate Digital Fabrication Induction for you to complete!
Can I use any Makerspace?
Once you have finished your Makerspace Safety Induction, you can go to all the Workshops in the Makerspace Network during their opening hours. This currently includes: Michael Crouch Innovation Centre Makerspace @ Hilmer Building (E10), Renewables Makerspace @ Tyree Building (H6), James N Kirby Makerspace @ Willis Annexe (J18) and Design Futures Lab @ Squarehouse (E4).
Note: Makerspaces in Willis Annexe, Design Futures Lab and Tyree are all shared Teaching Labs. There may be classes running within opening hours. Please consult the workshop calendars for detailed opening hours.
Can I bring my friends and family along?
Our Induction process is only available for UNSW Students, Staff and Alumni. If the Makerspace isn’t too busy, our staff are always happy to show them around the Makerspace! If your friends or family members have a zID, we can get them inducted too!
I am a student; can I do my course work in a Makerspace?
Yes! However there are priorities for the different Makerspaces. For instance, the Design Futures Lab will prioritise supporting Built Environment students, whilst James N Kirby Makerspace will prioritise supporting Engineering students. If you are an ENGG1000 Student, please prioritise using the Renewables and James N Kirby Makerspaces!
Can I do non-University projects?
Of course! Personal hobby projects are highlights of Makerspaces. The Makerspaces are designed to be a place for people to experiment, tinker, and to be a safe place for people to start on their first projects. We welcome and encourage all hobby projects!
I have completed similar training before, can I get automatic access to the Makerspaces?
We recommend everyone do the Makerspace safety induction regardless of whether you have used the machines or not. We only grant access on very rare occasions, so it’s recommended to use the practical as a refresher anyway - you never know if our machines are slightly different to the ones you've used!
Safety is paramount within the UNSW Makerspace Network. Each machine, process and lab is subject to the rigorous UNSW Risk Management Program. Access is only granted to users who are deemed competent to work safely. Our safety protocols are being continually reviewed and updated as the network matures and expands.