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The OU Libraries’ MakerSpace will continue to be closed for the start of the winter semester, 2022 as we work to complete staffing. We will reopen as soon as possible.

The Makerspace in Kresge Library is for use by all students, faculty, and staff at Oakland University. This learning environment and collaboration space facilitates hands-on learning about new technologies. The space is cross discipline and encourages creativity, experimentation, design, and even fun.

Usage Policy

All usage of the makerspace is governed by the Makerspace Usage Policy.

Featured Technology

3D Printing

Things to know:

We use FDM type 3D printers that lay down extruded plastic filament in layers to create objects. We currently only use PLA plastic which is derived from corn and considered much safer than ABS plastic which is derived from petroleum. We have 2 printers currently. To print an object, bring your file (.stl files preferred) to the makerspace and talk to one of our friendly assistants.


The cost to print is $.15 per gram of plastic used. Payments are made at the service desk.

What it looks like:

a lulzbot taz 6 3d printer

Vinyl Cutter

Things to know:

We have a Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter. Despite the name it can cut over 100 different types of material including: card stock, vinyl, fabric, foamboard, paper, etc.


We currently have sticker vinyl ($3 for a 12"x12" sheet) and heat transfer vinyl ($5 for a 12"x12" sheet) available for purchase. You can also bring your own materials and use them subject to makerspace staff approval.

What it looks like

a silhouette cameo

3D Scanner

Things to know:

The scanner is a Shining 3D EinScan-SE scanner. Scan objects and create 3D models for 3D printing, animating, or other 3D modeling project. Talk to a makerspace staff member to get started on your project.


Cheap as in free.

What it looks like:

a 3d scanner


Things to know

We have a variety of electronics kits available for fun and projects. They include:

  • Sparkfun Inventor's Kit - An arduino based kit designed to get users started with programming and hardware interaction.
  • Makey Makey Kit - allows users to turn everyday objects into inputs for computers (think banana keyboards).
  • Raspberry Pi - tiny computers that can be used in all sorts of projects.

What they look like:

a raspberry pi computer, a makey makey kit, a sparkfun inventors kit

Fun Stuff

Things to know:

A variety of fun, creative materials are available to use inside the Makerspace. They include:

  • 3D Pens - pens that write in 3D!
  • Playdoh - sculpt something and scan it in 3D with our scanner.
  • Legos - a classic, creativity stimulating set of interlocking blocks.
  • Quibits - they're like Legos but different.
  • Kinetic Sand - you'll have to see it to believe it.

What they look like:

a table with items made by a 3d printing pen

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