our spaces

The Swanson School of Engineering Makerspaces are currently composed of three different spaces located in the Basement level of Benedum Hall:

The Innovation Space station (iss)

Located in room B06A, the ISS is perfect for any early project stages and can be used for ideation and creating rough prototypes.

Equipment and materials in the ISS include:

  • Assorted prototyping materials 

    • X-Acto knives, cutting mats, foamcore, hot glue, string, modeling clay, etc.

  • Hand tools, drills, and drivers

    • Screwdrivers, allen keys, clamps, hammers, etc.​

  • Twelve Ender 3 3D printers

  • A vinyl cutter and heat press

    • Sticker and heat press vinyl of various colors​

  • A soldering iron/electronics station

    • Solder, flux, helping hands, wire, wire strippers, etc.

  • A sewing machine

the treehouse 

Next door in room B02, the Treehouse is our digital fabrication lab, a perfect place to come continue your project once you begin creating designs and CAD.

Equipment and materials in the Treehouse include: 

  • Two laser cutters

    • Thin woods and ​acrylics of various types and colors

  • Two X-Carve CNC routers

    • Thicker woods and plastics of various types and colors

  • Two TAZ 6 3D printers

  • Two Othermills for cutting PCBs and other small milling operations

  • A toolchest full of standard hand tools

    • Screwdrivers, allen keys, clamps, hammers, etc.​

The bioengineering underground (BiU)

Previously a Bioengineering-only space, the BiU in room B09 is now open to all Pitt students, while still supporting Bioengineering classes.

Equipment and materials in the BiU include:

  • Two TAZ 6 3D printers

  • A Cellink BioPrinter

  • Two Othermills

  • Two sewing machines

  • Assorted prototyping materials 

    • X-Acto knives, cutting mats, foamcore, hot glue, string, modeling clay, etc.

  • Hand tools, drills, and drivers

    • Screwdrivers, allen keys, clamps, hammers, etc.​

ABOUT US

Located on the Basement level of Benedum Hall, the University of Pittsburgh Makerspace is dedicated to helping students of all majors and disciplines gain hands-on experience in design and fabrication. The Pitt Makerspace strives to provide students with a safe and collaborative environment with suitable facilities for collaboration, learning, design, and fabrication. By gaining entry to the Makerspace, students have access to a wide range of well-maintained equipment and useful training, helping to catalyze the design and creation of the most creative and advanced technological projects at Pitt.

We offer many student events like workshops, competitions, and a speaker series. Our workshops teach students new and interesting skills to supplement classroom learning with hands on experience. Our competitions allow for students to display all the skills and knowledge they have learned against others in the community. The University and greater Pittsburgh area hosts many influential engineering and entrepreneurial figures; we recruit professors and industry professionals to give presentations to students as part of our speaker series about their experience and expertise.

 

We have mentors on duty during open hours to train any students on our state of the art machines. There are tools and supplies for students to prototype for any project, be it academic, Makerspace sponsored, or personal. We encourage interested students to stop by or reach out to find what opportunities we have for them!

For more questions on specific materials for possible projects, email the makerspace@pitt.edu or join the slack!