UCA's Makerspace, powered by the Conductor, is a place for students & community members to make, design and dream.
The Makerspace is a collaborative, interdisciplinary work space with tools to prototype concepts, make new things, and take ideas to the next level. The Makerspace is a free, shared space open to people of all ages, from all disciplines. The space is equipped with six 3D printers, a laser cutter, CNC machine, routers and other digital fabrication tools, and offers Maker Trainings, classes, access to expert mentors and top-of-the-line equipment to cater to the central Arkansas community.
What you can do
The Makerspace offers weekly Maker Training workshops so that anyone may gain access to the space, as well as Maker Ambassadors who help with any kind of project -- from a science fair project to a micromanufacturing job. Want to prototype your idea? The Makerspace's Master Maker can walk you through the prototyping process.
Where To Start: Maker Access
Getting access to the Makerspace is easy and free, and the space is open to everyone in the community. For your safety and the safety of others, users must complete a brief Maker Training Session to gain access to the Makerspace and its equipment. (Maker Access is not required to attend the Makerspace events.)
1. Sign up for a Maker Training Workshop.
The Maker Training Workshops are every Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. In the workshop, you will meet the Maker Ambassadors, tour the space, learn the rules and regulations of the space and learn how to safely use the equipment. Spaces are limited in the Maker Trainings. RSVP to reserve your spot.
2. Come by during any of the Makerspace's Open Hours.
Once you've completed the training, you may come to the space during any of the Open Hours. Bring projects of any size, use the 3D printers, or stop by to collaborate with other makers. (Additional training is required for the Laser Cutter and CNC Machine.)
"Thanks for all of your help. You guys are awesome! I've got the provisional patent already."
Programs & Events
All of the Makerspace events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and spots are first-come, first-served. RSVP to reserve your spot. You do not need to gain official Maker Access before attending the events.
Do you have a product you've always wanted to invent? Come to the Design a Prototype class to turn your dreams into reality! Tickets are limited, so RSVP now.
Want to take your class on a field trip to the Makerspace? Email us to book your trip!
Apply to be a Maker Ambassador
Our Maker Ambassadors are an interdisciplinary group of undergraduate and graduate students with a passion for making. Ambassadors lead Maker Training Workshops, assist with projects in the space, participate in events and are spokespeople for the Maker Space on campus and in the community. Ambassadors work up to 20 hours a week and work directly with the Master Maker. Complete the form below to apply.