The Commons' Makerspace

Winter 2024 Makerspace Workshops

Our workshops have finished for the Winter semester. Check back in the Spring to see what we have planned!





 A Makerspace is a place where people can gather to create, invent, tinker, and explore a variety of tools and materials. It gives students the resources to conceive an idea and bring it into the physical world. 

Our Makerspace is located on the main floor of the QEII Library, around the corner from the Jumping Bean cafe. 

We offer workshops and drop-in access for 3D printing, CNC milling, vinyl cutting, sewing, electronics, and more! Contact us for more information.


Policy for the use of Makerspace Equipment

While the makerspace encourages students to use the space both for academic use and for personal creative projects, we do have some limits on what we can allow in our space. A request will be denied if the resultant products are:

  • prohibited by law;
  • unsafe, harmful, dangerous or considered by Makerspace staff to pose an immediate threat to the well-being of others;
  • considered by Makerspace staff to be obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the academic environment;
  • in violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection;
  • weapons and prop weapons, as defined by the university weapon policy;
  • parts intended for reselling.

Our printers are regularly maintained and calibrated. We are unable to guarantee print precision for tight tolerances. A print that completes (i.e., that matches the shape of the source file and does not have any missing parts) is considered a success and will be charged accordingly.

Some details are too small to be printed on our printers. Makerspace staff will advise clients in these cases. If the client decides to proceed with the print, it will be considered a success, and the client will be charged, accordingly.

If a print fails 2 times in a row, we will cancel the job and consult with the client on how they wish to proceed.