At the Kenan Science Library Makerspace, the following are available:
Note: Prior to using the Cricut Maker, sewing machines or soldering station, completion of a short orientation and liability waiver are required. Visit the tools' respective webpages or ask a library staff member to get started on the waiver and orientation. This orientation is not required for use of the 3D printing service in the KSL Makerspace because the printers are operated only by makerspace staff, but online training is required prior to use of user-operated 3D printers at other BeAM network locations.
A 3D scanner, Raspberry Pi and Arduino kits, and even a telescope are available for 3-day checkout from the Kenan Science Library front desk. Visit the Equipment & Software webpage for a complete list of makerspace equipment that may be borrowed from the KSL desk.
Request a consultation with makerspace staff to ask about use of the KSL Makerspace 3D printing service or to discuss other making or design-related topics. Email email@example.com to ask questions or make an appointment to chat.
KSL Makerspace 3D Printing Webpage
Visit the website for 3D printer specs, model repositories and modeling software information, the 3D Printing Form, and 3D printing FAQs.
At the Kenan Science Library Makerspace, there are four types of 3D printers:
The Ultimaker and Lulzbot printers work by heating and extruding layers of thermoplastic filament; the Form2 uses liquid resin solidified by a laser, followed by a curing process. All of the KSL Makerspace printers are operated by makerspace staff. Affiliates of UNC at Chapel Hill can use the 3D printing service free of charge. To submit a 3D print job, save your file in STL format and fill out the 3D Printing Form.
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Overviews and links to 3D modeling programs as well as repositories of existing 3D designs are available on the Kenan Science Library Makerspace website's 3D printing page. Additionally, affiliates of UNC at Chapel Hill can use Linkedin Learning to learn programs like Fusion 360, Tinkercad, and Meshmixer.
KSL Makerspace 3D Imaging Webpage
Visit the webpage for FAQs, software information, or to book a consultation.
At the KSL Makerspace, two 3D scanners are available:
The Sense 3D scanner can also be borrowed for 3-day checkout.
KSL Makerspace Electronics & Soldering Webpage
Visit the webpage to access soldering training and view the workshop schedule.
An assortment of electronics making kits are available:
The Arduino and Raspberry Pi kits may be checked out from the KSL front desk for a period of three days.
Just outside G301A near the craft and modeling supplies is a soldering station with a Hakko-FX888D Soldering Iron. In order to use this tool, read the Standard Operating Procedures and watch the video below. Once you've completed these steps of the orientation training, notify a library staff member.
Virtual Reality refers to immersive educational, creative, gaming, or other entertainment experiences simulated digitally through a VR headset worn over the eyes and ears and usually navigated with a handheld controller. Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality are technologies related to VR. All of these technologies are types of "Extended Reality", or XR. To learn more about VR and related technologies, refer to the XR Technologies guide.
KSL Makerspace Sewing and Cricut Maker Webpage
Visit the sewing/Cricut webpage to view the training and access tutorials.
The Makerspace's Cricut Maker is equipped with many tools, such as a fine-tipped blade, rotary blade, and scoring pen. There are also LightGrip, StandardGrip, and FabricGrip cutting mats, 12"x12" squares of vinyl, sheets of cardstock, and fabric available for use. Check with a staff member about material use and availability.
The Cricut Maker uses Cricut Design Space, which you can download to your personal computer to prepare your projects.
KSL Makerspace Sewing and Cricut Maker Webpage
Visit the sewing webpage to access the required training and view upcoming sewing workshops.
The Kenan Science Library makerspace offers two Janome S-3015 sewing machines, as well as fabric scraps and basic sewing notions for both machine and hand sewing like needles, thread, embroidery floss, a rotary cutter, cutting mat, scissors, and pins.
Janome Schoolmate Machine Features
Knitting needles, crochet hooks, and yarn are available at the Kenan Science Library Makerspace.
Additional available supplies include Legos, clay, paper and paper cutters. Visit this page for a complete list of supplies.
The Makerspace @ KSL has areas suitable for group work and collaboration. Users may rearrange wheeled tables just outside G301A near the KSL service desk, as well as tables inside G301A. In G301A, there is also a whiteboard and an Eiki ceiling projector.
The KSL Makerspace is a part of the BeAM network of makerspaces at UNC at Chapel Hill. For a list of tools offered in the other BeAM makerspaces, the locations of each and required trainings, visit the BeAM Tools webpage.
Below are some programs useful for digital modes of making. Linkedin Learning courses for building skills in many of the tools listed below are available to members of the UNC community. Find activation instructions and FAQs through the UNC ITS Software Distribution.