Located on the Basement level of Benedum Hall, the University of Pittsburgh Makerspace is dedicated to helping students of all majors and disciplines as well as staff and faculty to gain hands-on experience in design and fabrication. The Pitt Makerspace strives to provide a safe and collaborative environment with suitable facilities for collaboration, learning, design, and fabrication. By gaining entry to the Makerspace, our users 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 events like workshops, competitions, and a speaker series. Our workshops teach members new and interesting skills to supplement classroom learning with hands on experience. Our competitions allow users 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 as part of our speaker series about their experience and expertise.
We have mentors on duty during open hours to train any user on our state of the art machines. There are tools and supplies for prototyping any project, be it academic, Makerspace sponsored, or personal. We encourage interested students, staff, and faculty to stop by or reach out to find what opportunities we have for you!
STEP 3. - Visit the ISS (B06a) during open hours and talk to a mentor to complete the in-person portion of your training. The mentor will guide you through a 5-10 minute training.
Students who have completed the basic safety training are then eligible to take the 1 hour, in-person Treehouse (B02) training. Weekly Treehouse Training Schedule: Monday 11am-12pm Tuesday 6pm-7pm Wednesday 4pm-5pm Thursday 12pm-1pm Friday 2pm-3pm
Join the Slack!
Slack is our main platform for communication between the students, the mentors, and the Staff. You must sign up for the Slack if you are using the spaces.
Any current Pitt student (undergraduate and graduate) can use our spaces and materials free of charge!
What time are the makerspaces open?
All open hours are posted on the webstite!
I'm a BioE student, I still get access to B09 right?
All BioE students still have swipe access to B09 and may use the space whenever Benedum is open, BUT you must:
have passed the ISS/BiU safety training quiz
be respectful of classes and the spaces
follow all of our safety rules while in the space
Note that during BioE only hours the back room with the 3D printers will be locked. The back room will only be open during our regular open hours when the space is staffed by a mentor.
How can I get trained on the 3D printer/lasercutter/any other machine?
Once you have completed the basic ISS/BiU safety training, you can attend open hours and ask the mentor on duty to be trained on the 3D printers.
The laser cutter and X-Carve trainings are covered in the Treehouse training. Treehouse trainings are only offered in-person, and take 1 hour. Treehouse training times are posted on the website!
For specialty machines, find a mentor that offers that training by hovering over the mentors’ names for a list of trainings they offer, and attending their hours when they’re in the same room as the machine.
Can I use materials other than the ones provided in the spaces?
It depends, if you want to use your own materials that is not one of the materials we provide, you must get it approved by Brandon Barber. You can DM him in the Slack or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I laser cut metal?
You can get metal laser cut for certain projects with the Swanson Center for Product Innovation (SCPI), which is the machine shop in Benedum. Contact Andy Holmes at email@example.com for more information.
I have a time crunch on my project, can a mentor print/cut my project for me this weekend?
The spaces are open over the weekend.
The makerspace now has a Thingiverse account for students to upload 3D models to!