The Breakerspace is a free-to-use student-run makerspace managed and funded by the Libraries. All majors, years, and skill levels welcome. If you're a student, all the equipment and materials are free.

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We need volunteers!

Do you come to the Breakerspace often? Volunteers are needed to help other students use the equipment, keep the space organized and tidy, and record how the equipment and materials are being used so we can tell our story. You can choose your hours and you will help keep this amazing space going.

Apply to be a volunteer

Workshops

Students and staff teach workshops all year. Bullet journaling, 3D printing, bookmaking, cross stitching, and podcasting are just a few! Can you teach a craft or skill in 30 minutes with minimal preparation? Suggest a workshop for our calendar!

Full calendar of workshops

What is this space used for?

Students have used the craft and sewing area to fulfill creative assignments in an introductory biology course, draw figures in statistics, mend their clothes, and create a carrier for a medical device as a biomedical engineering senior design project. The cutter has been used to create custom packaging in a design course, decals for a small business, and handouts for a student group. The button maker is used regularly by student groups for outreach.

This is the tip of the iceberg. Next time you visit, ask someone what they're making. It will surprise you!

Guidelines

We have two sets of guidelines: Use Guidelines and Code of Conduct and equipment-specific Safety Guidelines. In general:

  • Have fun
  • Use the space safely and responsibly
  • Use only what you need
  • Share your knowledge
  • Report broken equipment

About the Breakerspace

The Breakerspace provides students with access to materials and resources they can use to brainstorm, experiment, innovate, and create new things. The Libraries makerspaces provide a discipline-agnostic space for creativity that contributes to academic success and wellbeing.

Craft corner

Materials for simple projects, including adhesives, yarn, beads, paint, embroidery thread and fabric, and cutting supplies.

Clear bins filled with craft supplies sitting on a shelf in the Walter Library Breakerspace.

3D printing

Three 3D printers (Two PRUSA MK3 i3 machines and one Monoprice Mini v2), PLA filament, materials and tools for quality prints. Slicing software is available on the computer.

People gather around a table where a 3D printer sits during an introductory workshop.

Cutter and button maker zone

Cricut Maker, vinyl, cardstock, an inkjet printer for custom stickers, printable sticker paper and printable vinyl. Button maker, supplies, magazines and paper.

Smart cutter, button maker, and supplies on tables in the Breakerspace

Sewing zone

Brother SE-400 sewing and embroidery machine, accessories, pins, rotary cutter, cutting mats, thread, iron, ironing board, scrap fabric. Sew Art custom embroidery software is available on the Cricut computer.

Sewing machine and accessories sit on a table in the Breakerspace.

Make of the week

Simple 5-10 minute craft that involves materials available in the Breakerspace. Take a short study break!

Supplies and instructions for pipe cleaner flowers on a small round table in the Breakerspace.

 

ClockA circle with lines representing a clock faceRegular hours:

 

Sun: 12p-5p
Mon: 9a-5p
Tue: 9a-5p
Wed: 9a-5p
Thu: 9a-5p
Fri: 9a-5p
Sat: 12p-5p
 
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