Makerspace at the ECenter

A STUDENT-RUN AND FREE-TO-USE SPACE WHERE YOU CAN BRING YOUR IDEAS TO LIFE

Why UNH Students Love the Makerspace

 

  •  Open access to state-of-the-art equipment in the only student-run space on campus.
  •  Supplies and equipment are provided by ECenter donors and free for student use.
  •  No experience necessary and open to all skill levels, from first timer to expert. Our volunteer student Mentors are here to help you turn your ideas into creations!

What is a Makerspace?

 

A Makerspace is a workshop outfitted with fabrication tools and equipment for users to create nearly anything they can imagine. 

VISIT THE MAKERSPACE

COVID-19 UPDATE

The Makerspace is currently closed and will tentatively reopen at the beginning of the fall semester. As part of our COVID-19 precautions, walk-in access to the Makerspace will be reduced.

Check back soon for updated access protocols.

 

EQUIPMENT AT THE MAKERSPACE

The Makerspace at the ECenter offers an UltiMaker 3D printer, Creality CR10S Pro 3D printers, and Prusa i3 MK3S 3D printers.

The software we use for the printers is Cura, which includes a slicer for your .STL files. The 3D printers typically use PLA filament and, depending on the printer, takes either 1.75mm or 2.85mm filament. We provide the filament in the Makerspace. 

The training process for the 3D printers is an overview of the process of setting up the job and machine, which includes starting a print. A demonstration of knowledge is expected to become qualified to operate the 3D printer. If you intend to print a model which uses a considerable amount of filament, please bring your own spool.

The DATRON Neo CNC Milling Machine can be used for R&D, rapid prototyping, short run production of small parts, milling aluminum and plastics, and 3D engraving with precise detail. Only a CNC mill trained mentor can operation the mill. It features:

  • 20.5" x 16.5" X, Y travel
  • 40,000 RPM spindle 
  • 24-tool automatic tool changer
  • Cast polymer-concrete construction
  • Touch-screen control software
  • 3D probe/camera measurement
  • Camera-assisted setup
  • Intuitive App-style functions
  • Up to 1,100"/min. max. rapid/feed rate

The Epilog laser can be used to cut or engrave various materials. It has a working envelope of 18 inches (width) by 12 inches. The laser is 40 watts which allows it to cut into wood-based materials such as plywood, cardboard, fiberboard, and paper products. It can also cut acrylic plastic. The maximum thickness of these materials is around 0.25 inches. The laser also has an engraving function to engrave vector and raster based images.

It can engrave the cutting materials listed above, and other materials, such as certain metals. Text, logos, and images are commonly engraved. The laser will leave burn marks on wood which in some cases can be sanded off.

The laser creates very precise cuts and can be used to make parts which fit together. To create files for a laser job, you can use most vector based programs such as CorelDRAW and Adobe Illustrator. The training process involves an instructional portion and a demonstration of knowledge, which includes cutting and engraving using the laser.

The vinyl cutter is used to create “decals” which are adhesive backed or non-adhesive backed. The decals can be stuck to a variety of surfaces. The vinyl cutter uses a roll of vinyl (typically single color) which feeds into the back side. A computer controlled knife cuts out the outline of a vector based image in order to produce the decal.

The training process for the vinyl cutter is instruction of the use of the cutter control software and a demonstration by a mentor of the physical setup and machine specific setup instructions. A demonstration of knowledge is required to be qualified on the machine. If your design requires a considerable amount of vinyl stock, please provide it yourself.

Sailrite Ultrafeed LS-1 Industrial Sewing Machine can be used for prototyping or design.

The electronics station includes a soldering iron, power supply, prototyping breadboards, a variety of electronic components, and other tools. Proper electrical safety procedures must be observed while using the equipment.

  • Solidworks
  • Autodesk Fusion 360
  • Google SketchUp
  • CorelDRAW
  • Cura

MAKERSPACE HOURS

Available mentor hours are listed on the calendar and are subject to change. The Makerspace is closed for University holidays, curtailed operations days, and University breaks.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Alas, there are no upcoming events at this time. Check back once school starts!

Our Makerspace Mission

 

The Makerspace at the ECenter is a free-to-use resource open to all students, faculty, and staff in the UNH community. All skill levels are welcome, from novice to expert. Our volunteer student Mentors will teach you to use the equipment. 
 

Our mission is to foster new generations of creative thinkers and problem solvers by providing all UNH students, regardless of prior experience, with the technology and equipment to explore their inventive ideas and creative workflow. 

ECenter Quick Links

 

Meet the Makerspace Mentors

Makerspace Rules and Policies

Makerspace FAQs

Have an idea? Let's talk!

i2 Passport Program

Student Idea Seed Fund