For Instructors

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Link a Funding String

Principal Investigators, Instructors, or Financial Processors may setup an account to enable pre-authorized students and researchers to charge when purchasing materials from the Makerspace check-out window. They may also choose to have the funding string pay for the student’s materials fees. Note that these accounts take up to 10 business days to process, and do expire. Accounts are charged at the end of each semester.

Setup a Payment Account, and link your funding string.

Please note: This link will open a new window with a google form

Learning Modules

The Makerspace offers instructional content for most of the equipment in the space (e.g. 3D printers, laser cutter, electronics, etc.). These “Learning Modules” may be used by instructors and/or students freely without approval.

Click here for the Canvas page where all the content except the quizzes is available.

If students and/or instructors would like more structure and instructional support by staff (and access to the quizzes), check out InterEgr 477 below, which uses these modules as part of a 1-, 2- or 3-credit course.

Labs/Demos/Activities for Classes & Groups

May the students in my class use the equipment in the Makerspace?

In short yes, but only during your lab session when you and/or your TAs are present and leading the instruction. If your students will come back on their own outside class time, they must have the appropriate permits and have paid their fee. Obtaining a valid permit requires a fee and training. Students without a permit + fee will not be able to check out equipment on their own (e.g. VR headset, hand tools, etc.). We recommend having the instructor/TA check out the needed equipment beforehand.

For more information on obtaining permits, see here. To see which machines require a permit see here.

Does the Makerspace staff teach the lab / workshop / demo for my class?

  • In short, no; however, our student staff will:
    • Train you and/or your TAs beforehand on the Makerspace equipment.
    • Be available in a limited capacity during your lab to ensure you have the equipment needed + oversee safety.
  • You and/or your TA will need to:
    • Generate the instructional content yourself, use the Makerspace + TEAM-Lab “Learning Modules” and/or have your students enroll in InterEgr 477 (see sections below).
    • Teach the content to your students.
  • Check out this page for tips / suggestions for using the Makerspace for your class or group.

Does the Makerspace have lessons I can use when teaching my class in the Makerspace?

Yes! The Makerspace offers instructional content for most of the equipment in the space (e.g. 3D printers, laser cutter, electronics, etc.). These “Learning Modules” may be used by instructors and/or students freely without approval.

Click here for the Canvas page where all the content except quizzes is available.

Note: While the instructor and/or TA must handle any instructional activities during set lab times, instructors are welcome to assign modules to their students and have their students come in during Project Support times for assistance from the Makerspace student staff.

What if I want to meet in the Makerspace regularly for the entire semester?

Your students will likely be required to have a permit and pay the materials fee. Please fill out the form below & we will respond as soon as we can.

Do you have a course or lab you’d like to have at the Makerspace?

Please email maker-contact@engr.wisc.edu to inquire about having your course or lab in the Makerspace.

Workshops

  • There are typically 75 workshops per semester.
  • Workshop attendees will receive a “Certificate of Completion” at the end of the workshop. Students can take a photo of the certificate + their ID and submit it to Canvas as proof that they attended. Instructors need to create a Workshop Assignment ahead of time (see below).
  • If instructors require their students to attend a certain number of workshops per semester, we recommend:
    • Requiring 1 to 3 workshops per semester.
    • Creating an assignment in Canvas where the due dates are spread out over the semester.
    • Making the final workshop due well before the end of the semester (e.g. 2 or 3 weeks before the end). Since the workshops are taught by the Makerspace student staff, the number of workshops offered drops significantly towards the end of the semester when the staff become busy.
    • Using this example Canvas assignment with a due date for workshops (click here for a Canvas screenshot example):

Upload the picture of your ID placed on the “Certificate of Workshop
Competition” for the workshop you attend.

Please ask the Makerspace staff running the workshop if you cannot
find the certificate, which will be available only at the end of the
workshop.

Below is an example of what the certificate looks like before the
Makerspace staff adds the workshop specific info:

Tours for Classes

We would be happy to provide a tour to any UW-Madison course at the Makerspace.  Makerspace tours typically take 15-20 minutes and cover the equipment used in the space, our collaborative work areas, and resources available to users. If your class is 10 people or fewer, no reservation is needed – just come to the front desk and ask for a tour – simple as that! If the desk worker has stepped away, please ring the doorbell mounted on the desk and wait for them to return.

If your class is larger than 10 people and/or you have a question regarding tours, please contact: maker-contact@engr.wisc.edu

Note: if you want your students to experience more than a short tour, please see the options listed above: Project Support, Workshops, etc.

We look forward to seeing you at the Makerspace!

170 MOU

For first-year students in the College of Engineering. Introduction to design via the invention, fabrication and testing of a device that solves a problem proposed by a real world client. Lectures address information retrieval techniques, specification writing, methods for enhancing creativity, analysis techniques, scheduling, selection methodologies, cost estimating, sustainability in design, shop safety, engineering ethics, opportunities for engineering students (ie, study abroad, internships, co-ops), major exploration, fabrication equipment and techniques, and oral and written communication.

Wendt 140 was created with InterEGR 170 in mind, equipped with whiteboards, a mobile TV and bluetooth speaker, and two wheeled cards for moving projects. It is the default meeting location for all InterEgr 170 lab sections.

Hours of Operation & Access

  • Makerspace hours can be found here. The 1st floor of Wendt Commons is open according to the general Wendt building hours, which are beyond the Makerspace hours. The 1st floor hours will be posted here. The Makerspace will open at 7:45am, only for InterEgr 170 students on the days their lab meets.
  • The machine shop (band saws, drill presses) and 3D printing will be available for InterEgr 170 students starting at 8:30am. If a band saw, drill press, etc. is needed before this time and the students do not want to wait, they should use TEAM-Lab or try using other tools (e.g. laser cutter, power drill, etc.).
  • Currently there is only one key for the storage rooms (138, 165) and the instructor office (147). The key will be stored in the digital lockbox mounted outside Wendt 138. A PIN will be emailed to instructors that is unique for their section. Since most storage will occur in the lockers, only give the PIN to students that need access to the Large Project Storage Area (room 138).
  • Students should be told never to use the key to access any room besides project storage and reuse material storage. They could gain access to the office. We may request a separate key for next fall.

Meeting Spaces (Classrooms and Offices)

  • Wendt 147 is:

    • A “hot desk” office for any InterEgr 170 instructor. This desk should remain completely cleared off so it can be used communally by all instructors.
    • Not meant to store any student projects or personal items belonging to instructors. See Storage section below.

      • A cabinet for instructor storage is provided within the office.
    • A place where students can access a set of hand tools mounted on the wall (e.g. screwdrivers, calipers, etc.). The instructor for each section is responsible for the safety of their students using these tools (e.g. proper use, safety glasses); The shop manager can provide training if requested ahead of time.
    • Locked at the end of each lab section by the instructor.
  • Lab sections can freely use other spaces in the Makerspace, though it’s best to contact maker-reservation@lists.wisc.edu ahead of time to ensure a particular space is available. Examples:

    • Kohler Innovation Visualization Studio (link). Great for design reviews.
    • Other spaces in the Makerspace.
  • Please notify the front desk staff at least 24 hours before your class if you’d like a specific bench + stool configuration for your classroom or other reserved area in the Makerspace.
  • Please clean up whatever space your class uses before leaving and return it to its initial state in terms of:

    • Trash pickup
    • Furniture configurations
    • Mobile TVs

Storage

Storage is managed by the Shop Manager and all instructors must abide by the storage policies and procedures. The shop manager will move any items that are not in accordance with the storage policies. 

  • Items can only be stored in lockers (first or second floor) or the Project Storage Room (currently Wendt Room 138).
  • Red tote bins are provided in room 138 to aid organization. Use the masking tape provided for identifying tote bins or shelf space.
  • No project/material  storage should be outside of these areas. If accommodations are needed contact the Makerspace Shop Manager.
  •  The instructor office (Wendt 147) will have a wheeled cabinet for all of the instructors to share. This cabinet will be on the same clean-out cycle as the other lockers in the Makerspace (once per semester). Essentially it’ll be automatically “checked out” to all InterEgr 170 instructors for that semester. 

Update with lockers as of 1/7/20: There are 76 lockers ordered. 

Package Pickup

  • All packages ordered by the InterEgr 170 procurement team should be sent to the Makerspace using the following address:

UW Makerspace 

Attn: InterEgr 170 

215 N. Randall Ave 

Madison, WI, 53711

  • Packages will be processed when they arrive by front desk staff and be placed unopened in the designated space in Wendt 138.
  • An area in 138 is designated for processing packages that were sent to  by 170 procurement staff.  Box cutters, markers, and post-it notes are provided by the Makerspace.
  • All cardboard from the boxes should be placed in a recycling bin or brought to the front desk staff and they will handle it. Do not leave in cardboard in the storage room.

Materials for Sale in the Makerspace

  • The Makerspace charges for 3D prints and other materials available in the Makerspace Mini-Mart (M^3). Typically the cost is: actual cost + 20%.
  • Wiscard, credit cards and/or a UW funding number are methods of payment as described here.

Interdepartmental Payment Account

  • Authorized students may use InterEgr 170’s UW funding number to pay for materials as long as a Makerspace Interdepartmental Payment Account has been setup ahead of time. As early as possible, the lead instructor should  fill out this form to request a Makerspace account for the current semester.
  • When the form asks to submit a “List of students/staff you authorize to spend to this account” please upload a spreadsheet with 4 columns in this format:

    • First and Last Name, Email, Section Instructor (Section No.), Team Name
  • Once setup, the students should go to the check-out window and say the following to charge a material purchase to the InterEgr 170 account: “I’m a student in InterEgr 170, my lab instructor’s name is __________ and I’m on team _________.”
  • The specified account will be charged at the end of the semester.
  • The lab instructor is responsible for tracking the purchases made by their students. Please contact maker-accounts@lists.wisc.edu if you have any questions about payment accounts.

Reuse Materials

  • Reuse materials for 170 are stored in room 165. The shop manager will sort and re-organize this at the end of the semester.
  • If you’d like to add something to the reuse area, please ask the shop manager for approval.

Makerspace Core Lessons

The Makerspace will provide three core lessons as described below.

Lecture Feb 11 & 12: Intro to 3D printing by Lukas Duddleston (30 mins)

Lecture Feb 18 & 19: Intro to Electronics by Lennon Rodgers (30 mins)

All labs during the week of Feb 17: Tour of the Makerspace and lessons on 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, Electronics (3 hours total)

The staffing schedule for the Makerspace lessons is here and it will be very difficult (likely not possible) to make changes after it is fixed. 

Permits

Each student will go through Red permit training at TEAM-Lab (see syllabus).

Workshops and/or Permit Upgrades

Requirements: Each student will be required to attend any combination of 2 workshops OR upgrades (e.g. 2 workshops or 1 workshop and 1 upgrade). 

Due dates: First will be due March 1st and a second on April 12th. Lab instructors should add the assignments. 

Submitting workshop / upgrade assignment to Canvas: We’ve developed a more streamlined way for instructors and students to track Makerspace workshop attendance. It involves: 

[1] Students taking a photo of their ID and a “Workshop Completion” certificate, which is made available after each workshop for all attendees. 

[2] Instructors add a Makerspace Workshop assignments to their Canvas page and students directly upload the image. Instructors can assign one workshop each month, etc. to spread them out. Here is a template for the Canvas assignment: 

Upload the picture of your ID placed on the “Certificate of Workshop Competition” for the workshop you attend. Please ask the Makerspace staff running the workshop if you cannot find the certificate, which will be available only at the end of the workshop. Below is an example of what the certificate looks like before the Makerspace staff adds the workshop specific info: