Makerspace at Waldo Library

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Bring Your Creative Ideas to Life

Do you learn by doing? Have an idea you want to explore? The Makerspace at Waldo Library has the space, equipment and people to help you tinker, test and try out your ideas. 

Using the tools and technology available in the Makerspace, you can create something out of nothing, prototype concepts and take your idea to the next level. Don’t have an idea of your own? We have projects you can jump in on and help develop. 

The Makerspace is operated by the Western Michigan University Innovation Club. The Innovation Club is dedicated to providing a free space where people can collaborate, experiment and learn.

Stop by the Makerspace during open hours and explore the possibilities. No project is too big!

Makerspace Features

The Makerspace is 588 square feet and includes workspaces, tools, technology and a small conference room to help you design and create.  

Tools and Technology

From high tech to no tech, we have the equipment you need to make your idea a reality.

  • Printers: Two (2) 3D printers
  • Rapid prototyping supplies: Legos, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, post-its, markers, tape, glue, and other materials like wood, metal and paper
  • Tools: Screwdrivers, hammers, wrenches, drills, multimeter, laser engraver, soldering iron
  • Electronics: Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, electronic sensors, computers
  • Software: AutoCAD, CodeWarrior, Eclipse, Inventor, Photoshop, Solid Works

How to Use the Makerspace

The Makerspace is open to all WMU students, faculty and staff members during open hours.

To use some of the equipment, like the 3D printers, you must be an Innovation Club member. This is for your safety and the safety of those around you. Club members are required to pass a safety test before using all of the tools and technology in the space. 

Location

Dwight B. Waldo Library, Second Floor, Room 2030
Directions and parking

Fall Semester Hours of Operation
September 4 - December 6, 2018

DayHours
Mondays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursdays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fridays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays Closed
Sundays Closed

Join the Innovation Club

The Innovation Club is open to all WMU students. There is no cost to join. If you want to learn more about the Innovation Club, visit http://iclubwmu.weebly.com/ or email iclubwmu@gmail.com.