Introducing our new Maker Space

The Library Maker Space is a relatively new service which started in 2017-2018.  The Maker Space is located on Level 2 of the Library to the right of the entrance to the main stairwell.  At time of writing we have 2 Robox printers, an Ultimaker 3, an Ultimaker 2+ and 3D scanning facilities.  


We are keen to support any makers in the University community.  We already have 2 Arts and Humanities modules making use of the Maker Space and are hoping to promote the Maker Space for inclusion in teaching elsewhere.   On the other end of the scale, we hope that students/staff wanting to create their own designs or prototypes will use the space.  We‘re building a network of community contacts so that we can refer our users on to other local services if they outgrow our space.  The Maker Space is all very new and we’re very open to input and ideas from students staff and our volunteers!


We are also looking for students to volunteer so we are interested in finding people who have an interest in creative technologies, and who would like to help others develop their use and understanding of them.


The Maker Space is for students and staff to use to engage with creative technologies like 3D printing (Ultimaker, Robox), 3D scanning,  and 3D design (using tools such as Cura, TinkerCAD and Google Sketchup)We also have some fun equipment such as 3Doodler pens and Lego Mindstorms for coders.  The Maker Space is for the whole University community, and we are looking for a small team of volunteers to help us run the space. 


Volunteer roles would include:
> training new users in use of the Maker Space technologies.
> supervising the use of the space.
> contributing to any Maker Space events e.g. University Science Fair for children, September Induction period.
> contributing to the development of the Space e.g user guides, new services, promotion.


We work in close collaboration with Stirling Council Libraries so if you are interested in volunteering in the Community,  once trained with us, you can go on to work with the Libraries mobile Maker Space which visits schools, libraries, community locations to engage people with Maker technologies.


Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 2 hours per week but this may vary depending on demand for inductions/events etc.
If you are a student and you are interested in volunteering please have a look for our opportunity on TARGETconnect.