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Welcome to the Makerspace. 

We are a community of designers and builders at UW-Madison within the College of Engineering (CoE). The Makerspace facilities include 25,000 ft2 of shop and flex space with a wide range of rapid prototyping equipment, made possible by a donation from the Grainger Foundation. Largely student run, the Makerspace strives to empower students by creating a community immersed in emerging technologies, focused on creating innovative products.

The Makerspace is a part of the CoE ecosystem of fabrication facilities, called the Design + Innovation Labs, which comprises the Makerspace (rapid prototyping), TEAM Lab (Technical Education and Manufacturing Lab – precision machining, fee for service job-shop), the Design Hub (a coaching and training service) and the Kohler Innovation Visualization Studio (virtual & augmented reality, 3D scanning, and data visualization). The CoE fabrication facilities combined are over 40,000 ft2, run by 9 professional full-time staff members and ~60 student workers. Each space contains millions of dollars of high-tech equipment. Students can build anything here – from micro to macro and from virtual to the physical.

Makerspace Workshops + Events

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Our Mission

Hands-on Learning

Bridging the gap between theory and practice

Diverse Community

A welcoming community fostering team-based collaborations; diverse in terms of gender, race & discipline

Peer Learning

A place where students teach and learn from other students

Student Empowerment

Empowering students to design and build on their own initiative

Product Design

A hub for inventing and designing new products

Open Access to Technology

Offering an expansive library of technology, equipment and tools

Land Acknowledgement

The staff and students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Makerspace recognize the land our building occupies is the ancestral home of the Ho-Chunk Nation, who have called this land Teejop (day-JOPE) since time immemorial.In the first treaty following the Indian Removal Act in 1830, the state government forcibly removed the Ho-Chunk from their home in 1832. In the decades that followed, the federal and state government sought to completely remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin. Despite these attempts, many Ho-Chunk people continued to return to their home in present-day Wisconsin.We acknowledge the circumstances that led to the forced removal of the Ho-Chunk people, and honor their history of resistance and resilience. The Ho-Chunk Nation and the other eleven First Nations residing in the boundaries of present-day Wisconsin remain vibrant and strong. We recognize and respect the inherent sovereignty of the twelve First Nations that reside in the boundaries of the state of Wisconsin. This history of colonization informs our work and vision for a collaborative future. We encourage you to visit their web sites for more information: https://ho-chunknation.com