Makerspace / Wendt Library / College of Engineering




Wendt Commons Main Floor
215 N Randall Ave
Madison, WI 53706

Monday-Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday-Sunday: 12pm - 5pm

The Makerspace is the student-run, rapid prototyping facility that is part of the Grainger Engineering Design Innovation Lab. This was all made possible through a multi-million dollar commitment from The Grainger Foundation.Our facilities include 12,000 square feet of shop and flex space with a wide range of rapid prototyping equipment. We strive to empower students and create a community immersed in emerging technologies and focused on creating innovative products.

We are part of the College of Engineering ecosystem of fabrication facilities, which includes the Makerspace (rapid prototyping), TEAM-Lab (precision machining, fee for service job-shop) and Kohler Visualization Studio (virtual reality, 3D scanning and data visualization). These facilities together are over 25,000 ft^2, run by 10 professional full-time staff members and ~50 student workers and contain millions of dollars of high-tech equipment. Students can build anything here: from micro to macro and from virtual to the physical.

All UW-Madison students, faculty and staff are welcome to come into the Makerspace and use the benches and tables – no permit or fee is required. However, if you’d like to use the equipment and you’re member of the UW-Madison’s College of Engineering (CoE), you must obtain a blue, red or green permit + pay a $50/semester fee.

Tours: Anyone connected to the UW community is welcome to tour the Makerspace when we’re open. Tours typically take 15-20 minutes and cover the equipment used in the space, our collaborative work areas, and resources available to users. If your group is 10 people or fewer, no reservation is needed – just come to the front desk and ask for a tour – simple as that! If the desk worker has stepped away, please ring the doorbell mounted on the desk and wait for them to return. If your group is larger 10 people and/or have a question regarding tours, please contact: