Instructors

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Set up/modify a Payment Account

Principal Investigators, Instructors, or Financial Processors may setup an account to enable 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 5 business days to process, and do expire. Accounts are charged monthly.

Setup a Payment Account, and link your funding string. You may use this link to edit an existing Account as well.

Please note: This link will open a new window with a google form. Please email maker-accounts@engr.wisc.edu with questions.

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 + Makerspace MOU

Instructors, please see unredacted document here.

Memorandum of Understanding for InterEgr 170 and the Makerspace

 

Draft, 1/21/2021

v1.5: updated for Covid 19 

v1.6: updated for Spring 2021 

 

Covid-19 Specific Operations

To enter the Makerspace all users will have to have a reservation; no drop-ins are allowed for the safety of staff. 

All 3D printing will be accessed remotely via video chat with a Makerspace staff person loading 3D prints. Reservations are made online through the Makerspace’s homepage.

In-person fabrication and equipment is available by reservation. The list of equipment and method of reservation are available on the Makerspace’s homepage.

To purchase or view the items for sale in the Makerspace (hardware, electronics, rod, dowles, etc.) students need to make a reservation for the “Checkout Window” on the Makerspace’s homepage.

No study / community space will be available on the second floor (Makerspace) of Wendt Commons.

FAQ from Instructors

  1. What tools can students use?  Hand tools and shop tools?  

A: All Makerspace tools are available by reservation (checkout window). Additional 170 only hand tools are located in the Instructor’s room 147. 

  1. Is there a scraps area? 

A: Yes, it is in the same room as the past semester (rm 165). To access this room enter through room 138 (access described below); the door at the back of the room should be open to room 165. If it is not unlocked contact the Shop Manager (kjwilliamso2@wisc.edu)

  1. Can online students use 1st floor space during their lab times?  (so students in labs 305, 306, and 311) 

A: Yes, please do. InterEngr 170 is the only user of the 170 benches. See “Meeting Spaces” below.

  1. Can any 170 student get the red permit this semester if they need to use those tools for their prototypes? 

A: Yes, but to help keep the number of students to a minimum we ask that each group only send one member to the training if a red permit is needed to complete the project.

 

Lab Schedule

Day  Time Lab / Instructor Modality Makerspace Contact
TUE  7:45a – 10:45a 301 / Puccinelli Online (synchronous) Lauren Reeg // lreeg@wisc.edu
TUE 2:25p – 5:25p 303 / Murphy Face-to-face Christian Martinez // cmartinez9@wisc.edu
WED 7:45a – 10:45a 305 / Puccinelli Online (synchronous) Nathan Strachen // strachen@wisc.edu
WED 11:00a – 2:00p 306 / Suarez Online (synchronous) Lauren Reeg // lreeg@wisc.edu
WED 2:25p – 5:25p 307 / Murphy Face-to-face Christian Martinez // cmartinez9@wisc.edu
WED 5:40p – 8:40p 308 / Luzzio Face-to-face Nathan Strachen // strachen@wisc.edu
THUR 7:45a – 10:45a 309 / Randell Face-to-face Lauren Reeg // lreeg@wisc.edu
THUR 11:00a – 2:00p 302 / Suarez Online (synchronous) Christian Martinez // cmartinez9@wisc.edu
THUR 2:25p – 5:25p 311 / Harrington Online (synchronous) Nathan Strachen // strachen@wisc.edu
THUR 5:40p – 8:40p 312 / Santiago Face-to-face Lauren Reeg // lreeg@wisc.edu

 

Hours of Operation & Access

  • The most updated Makerspace hours and information can be found here.
  • The building hours of Wendt Commons allow access to the first floor for labs meeting outside of the Makerspace hours of operation.
  • 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 for each lab section is referenced above (Lab Schedule). 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. 

See A How-To for Unlocking the Igloos

Staffing

Either a graduate student or senior staff member from the Makerspace will be staffed for each InterEgr 170 lab (see “Makerspace Point of Contact” below). This person is the first point of contact for any questions related to the Makerspace including technical instruction for students. Lab instructors should coordinate with the Makerspace Point of Contact regarding their needs for in-person assistance, otherwise assistance will be provided remotely.

The front desk of the Makerspace (2nd floor of Wendt) will be staffed during face-to-face lab times. Any administrative and/or set-up questions should be referred to the front desk staff and/or email: maker-contact@engr.wisc.edu

The Makerspace will be operating with reduced student staff during COVID to reduce in-person interactions. 

Meeting Spaces (Classrooms and Offices)

  • Wendt First Floor near the lockers is an area that:
    • Allows for social distance (unlike room 140) for 26 individuals
    • This area is the default meeting location for all in person InterEgr 170 lab sections.
    • Work tables are designated with signage to only be used by INTER-ENGR 170. Please do not move the furniture.
    • Has a table and chair for the instructor, whiteboards, mobile TV and bluetooth speaker (stored in room 147).
    • Has 2 wheeled carts for moving projects (not for storage).
  • 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. 
    • Student access to room 147 is at the instructor’s discretion.
    • Locked at the end of each lab section by the instructor.
  • Lab sections will NOT be able to freely use other spaces in the Makerspace or first floor of Wendt Commons. 
  • Please clean up whatever space your class uses before leaving and return it to its initial state in terms of:
    • Trash pickup
    • Mobile TVs
  • Cleaning supplies are provided for the students to disinfect the table tops and chair tops. More cleaning materials may be requested through SmartRestart’s ordering form.

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 the first floor locker or the Project Storage Room (currently Wendt Room 138).
  • Each Lab is assigned 4 lockers.
Lab / Instructor Lockers #
301 / Puccinelli ————– 88, 89, 90,91
303 / Murphy ————– 96, 97, 98, 99
305 / Puccinelli ————– 100, 101, 102, 103
306 / Suarez ————– 108, 109, 110, 111
307 / Murphy ————– 112, 113, 115, 128
308 / Luzzio ————– 116, 117, 118, 119
309 / Randell ————–  120, 121, 122, 123
302 / Suarez ————– 92, 93, 94, 95
311 / Harrington ————– 124, 125, 126, 127
312 / Santiago ————– 104, 105, 106, 107

 

  • To unlock/lock press “C” (lower left), Enter the numeric code, then press the Lock Icon (lower right). Once the initial locker combination has been entered it can be changed to any 4 digit combination by the student group.
  • 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. 

Package Pickup

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

 Attn: InterEgr 170 [section name]

UW Makerspace

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 cardboard in the storage room. 
  • Please let your students know to wait to hear on package statuses from your TA staff. Makerspace staff will not let students into 138 to pick up packages. 

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
  • To visit the Mini-Mart make a reservation for the “Checkout Window” on the Makerspace homepage.

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 (or while remotely submitting a 3D print)  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@engr.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. All lessons will be given remotely via BB Collaborate.

 

3D Printing (30 minutes)  & Laser Cutting (30 minutes)

  • Introduction to 3D printing in the Makerspace
    • Choosing a 3D Printing Method & Material
    • Preparing a STL file for printing
    • Assembly and Post Processing
  • Introduction to Laser Cutting
    • Creating a 3D file from 3D CAD
    • Design for making laser cut parts 
    • How to access the laser cutter / get upgrade

 

Date  Time Lab / Instructor Makerspace Instructors
2/16  7:45a – 8:45a 301 / Puccinelli Karl Williamson & Lauren Reeg
2/16  2:25p – 3:25p 303 / Murphy Karl Williamson & Lauren Reeg
2/17  7:45a – 8:45a 305 / Puccinelli Karl Williamson & Lauren Reeg
2/17 11:00a – 12:00p 306 / Suarez Karl Williamson & Lauren Reeg
2/17 2:25p – 3:25p 307 / Murphy Karl Williamson & Lauren Reeg
2/17 5:40p – 6:40p 308 / Luzzio Karl Williamson & Lauren Reeg
2/18 7:45a – 8:45a 309 / Randell Karl Williamson & Lauren Reeg
2/18 11:00a – 12:00p 302 / Suarez Karl Williamson & Lauren Reeg
2/18 2:25p – 3:25p 311 / Harrington Karl Williamson & Lauren Reeg
2/18 5:40p – 6:40p 312 / Santiago Karl Williamson & Lauren Reeg

 

Microcontrollers (1 Hour):

  • What electronics & microcontroller equipment and supplies are at the Makerspace?
  • Introduction to Micro-controllers; setting up an Arduino board, using a breadboard, creating a LED circuit, writing code to control LEDs. 
  • Introduce video tutorial on using an ultrasonic sensor. 
  • How to request project support with electronics and microcontrollers from the Makerspace. 

 

Date  Time Lab / Instructor Makerspace Instructor  
3/16  7:45a – 8:45a 301 / Puccinelli Nathan Strachen
3/16  2:25p – 3:25p 303 / Murphy Nathan Strachen
3/17  7:45a – 8:45a 305 / Puccinelli Nathan Strachen
3/17 11:00a – 12:00p 306 / Suarez Nathan Strachen
3/17 2:25p – 3:25p 307 / Murphy Nathan Strachen
3/17 5:40p – 6:40p 308 / Luzzio Nathan Strachen
3/18 7:45a – 8:45a 309 / Randell Nathan Strachen
3/18 11:00a – 12:00p 302 / Suarez Nathan Strachen
3/18 2:25p – 3:25p 311 / Harrington Nathan Strachen
3/18 5:40p – 6:40p 312 / Santiago Nathan Strachen

 

3D Printing: 30 min + Project Questions

This lesson will cover 3DP best practices and the Covid-19 printing process

Laser Cutting: 45 min + Project Questions

This lesson will cover design for laser cutting and operation and safety. Students complete the lesson will be granted the Laser Cutter 1 upgrade so they can access the laser cutter.

 

Permits

CoE Shop Permits (red, green, woodworking upgrade, etc.) are available but should only be requested if necessary for the course project. The Red Permit training will not be available for all 170 students. 

The CoE Shops Materials fee ($50) is required to access any equipment. Students can pay the material fee here.

CoE Shop Permit upgrades (e.g. wood working, welding) should only be obtained if required for the project and not as extra credit.

Workshops 

The makerspace is planning on giving remote workshops and new workshops series called MakerGroups.  The number and regularity of these workshops is not yet known. 

Workshops are student run, content and quality is more variable than the Makerspace Core Lessons.

Instructors could give extra credit if students submit proof (screen capture) of attendance.

 

Informational video for first year students: