The Makerspace is currently available for use by Innevation Center members. Public users are able to use the Makerspace by appointment only by filling out an appointment request form. To use equipment, reservations are required by both members and the public. There will be no hands-on training of equipment, so you must already be cleared by Makerspace staff on the equipment you wish to use prior to your appointment (the new laser cutter is the one exception to this rule). Hands-on training is estimated to resume July 15, 2020.

Welcome to the Makerspace at the University of Nevada, Reno Innevation Center—Powered By Switch! We believe that everyone is a maker and that making should be accessible to all. In the Makerspace, we support that vision by providing equipment, knowledge, and collaboration space to Innevation Center members, University students and employees, and the community.

Using the Makerspace

All of our equipment is available for use by our makers, except for our industrial grade 3D printers that are run by Makerspace staff members. In your first visit we’ll get your contact information, have you review and sign a liability waiver, review safety protocols of the Makerspace, and give you either a temporary or permanent safety badge, depending on your needs. Please give yourself an extra 30 minutes on your first visit to complete the new maker orientation. If you are not a University student/faculty or a member, you can access the Makerspace with a day pass purchased at the front desk of the Innevation Center.

There are typically two student makers on shift at any given time who are knowledgeable of the equipment in the space. They’re available to answer questions and provide assistance in any way possible. Our student makers all have their own projects in the space, so ask them what they’re up to!

Booking equipment or scheduling a consultation

For some of our large pieces of equipment, you’ll want to book time on them to make sure that they are available. If you have not used that equipment before, be sure to also book time with a student maker so that they can help you get set up. Also make sure to come down a bit early if you haven’t been to the Makerspace before. View a complete list of the Makerspace equipment and supplies.

Makerspace classes

The Makerspace offers monthly classes which give you an opportunity to create fun projects while learning how to operate specific pieces of equipment. We teach classes on a range of subjects from sewing to CNC manufacturing. Classes change every month so watch our event calendar or sign-up for the Innevation Center mailing list to be notified of new classes!

To join a class, visit or call our front desk at (775) 682-8612. Class fees must be paid at the time of the reservation to hold your spot.

New classes are added every month. If there are any classes you would like to see offered, email danielrsmith@unr.edu.