The Makerspace offers a place for would be inventors to tinker, test and try out new ideas. Here students have access to rapid prototyping supplies, 3D printing and electronics equipment to build ideas for class and personal projects.
There are two different ways for students to utilize the Makerspace.
Use the 3D printing service
You can request to have an object 3D printed via IT Direct. A great community for finding 3D objects can be found on Thingiverse. Once the print has been completed, you will be notified by email. Prints can be picked-up from the Help Desk during regular business hours.
Join the Innovation Club
Members of the Innovation Club have access to use the Makerspace, including direct access to 3D printers.
3D Printing Information
All 3D print requests are currently free. We may explore charging printing tokens in the future.
- Size: 215 x 215 x 200 mm or 8.5 x 8.5 x 7.9 inches.
- Design: When submitting your own design, ensure that the exported file is in millimeters.
- File Type: Please submit all 3D models as .stl files.
- Color: Your model will be printed using a rotating random color. A list of colors is avialable upon request. Please note that requesting a specific color may increase wait time.
- Material: We currently only stock PLA filament.*
- Time: In order to provide a timely service for all patrons, jobs that require more than 6 hours of print time will receive lower priority.*
- Multiple Orders: All patrons must pick up their print order prior to placing a new order. New orders will not enter the queue until the previous order has been retrieved.*
*We may make exceptions on a case by case basis for academic or research projects. If your academic or research projects are hindered by the listed limitations, please include your special requirements in the 3D print request.
3D Printing Rules
No one will be permitted to print objects that are:
- Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
- Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others.
- Obscene, offensive or otherwise inappropriate.
- In violation of intellectual property rights.
- 3D printing is available to all current WMU students, staff, and faculty. Student requests will receive priority.
- 3D prints not collected within two weeks become property of the Office of Information Technology.
The Office of Information Technology reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.