The Breakerspace is a free-to-use, student-run makerspace managed by the Libraries. You are welcome in the space regardless of your major, year, or skill level. If you're a student, all the equipment and materials are free. Have fun, be safe, be kind, and report broken equipment.

The Libraries value knowledge, openness, service, collaboration, and diversity. The Breakerspace team is driven to provide a welcoming place for students to brainstorm, experiment, innovate, and create new things.

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3D Printing and Design

The PRUSA i3 MK3 printers are user-friendly and do fast, high-quality prints. We use PLA filament and have software to create files the 3D printer can read. You can design 3D models with OnShape or request a student Solidworks license, or download premade models from Thingiverse.

» OnShape online 3D design, SolidWorks at UMN, PRUSA i3 MK3, 3D design gallery

Sewing & Embroidery

The Brother SE400 is a combination sewing/embroidery machine. Sewing projects of all kinds of welcome - big or small. The embroidery settings have built-in patterns, or upload your own. Thread, iron and ironing board, cutting mats, and other supplies are available as well. Coming soon: create your own design with SewArt software.

» Brother SE400

Cutting machine

The Cricut Maker cutter is a die-cutting machine that can cut paper, fabric, vinyl, and other materials. It has a variety of blades and cutting mats available.

» Cricut Maker

More Making

Virtual reality headsets are available for checkout at the SMART Learning Commons desk. Podcasting kits are coming soon. Crafting, knitting, and embroidery supplies are available. Can we help you with a project? Do you have equipment recommendations? Contact us!

Volunteer Makers

We are volunteer-run. Do you want to join our team of makers? No experience is necessary, we will train you. You choose your own hours, have the opportunity to teach workshops, and welcome folks into the space. Get involved!

» Sign Up

The Space

Our equipment and workspace is housed in a 700 square foot repurposed classroom on the second floor of Walter Library next to the SMART Learning Commons. The room has large tables to work, dry erase boards, and neighborhoods for each type of equipment. We host workshops and demos regularly during the semester. Do you want to collaborate with us on a workshop? Contact us.



ClockA circle with lines representing a clock faceFall 2018 Hours:


Sun: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Mon: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Tue: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Wed: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Thu: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Fri: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sat: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
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