FAQs - Makerspace

What does the slogan "Knowledge comes from ... making" mean?

The central tasks of a library, building, structuring and passing on knowledge, following the motto "Leading Knowledge" are lived at SLUB Makerspace, as well, and are extended further by making hands-on experience with machines and manufacturing processes and techniques possible. Because "Knowledge comes from...making!". The connection of the library and of novel technology offers interesting chances for new cooperations and activities. Knowledge transfer and exchange are at the centre of the creative work at SLUB Makerspace. Users learn from other users and share their know-how.

What is Makerspace M1?

Makerspace M1 is a creative space at SLUB. Here you can find machines such as laser cutters, 3D printers as well as smaller devices and tools such as a saw, a drill and many more. Makerspace M1 is situated at the Departmental Library DrePunct/ Makerspace.

What is the Makerspace M2?

Makerspace M2 is a room for groups who work on concepts and projects related to Makerspace. Makerspace M2 also hosts workshops and community-events as well as presentations. The room is open during the opening hours of the Departmental Library DrePunct/ Makerspace. Please find more information on bookings and available technology here.

What is the Makerspace M3?

The Makerspace M3  comprises two workstations for the independent digitisation of records and video cassettes. It is located in the central library on level -1. 

What are the opening hours of Makerspace M1 and M2?

For the current opening hours of Makerspace M1 please refer to the Makerspace website. Makerspace M2 is open during the opening hours of the Departmental Library DrePunct and Makerspace M3 can be used during the opening hours of the Central Library.

Which machines, electrical devices and tools are available?

You can find more information on machines, small electrical devices and tools and on their use on the Dresden concept webpage. Please note the information specific to certain machines, electrical devices and tools.

What are the requirements for the use of machines, electrical devices and tools?

All registered users of SLUB are allowed to use machines, electrical devices and tools. In order to use small electrical devices users must hold a valid certificate for safety at work instructions. Our machines are operated by SLUB Makerspace staff. For users who want to realize their DIY projects independently, we developed a program of Device Licences. These usually consist of an e-tutorial and an on-site-tutorial. For further information, please see here.

Why do I need to make a reservation?

In order to use machines that require previous instructions or a device licence, it is necessary to make a reservation. Please follow the information given in our booking procedure on the page Booking Devices to ensure a well-organised processing of your request. Detailed information on your project will help the Makerspace team and yourself to avoid problems in the realization of your project.

What should I observe when I am working in Makerspace?

Please note our Terms of Use. Safety at work is first when using machines and electronic devices. Please make sure you wear appropriate clothing, especially shoes, for working in a workshop. Prerequisites for working safely are intact tools as well as a tidy working environment. Please notify a Makerspace staff member directly should you notice any damaged device or tool. Moreover, we want to treat each other with respect and consideration.   

Are there any fees for using SLUB Makerspace?

The following services are free of charge:

  • The Makerspace as workshop area
  • Electrical devices such as the cordless screwdriver, the jigsaw, the dremel, or the toolbox, etc.
  • AV-technology, e.g. the podcast-studio, the greenscreen-studio, or VR-goggles
  • The Electronics workstation, for example for soldering
  • The foam cutter
  • The vacuum forming machine and the plastic bending machine

Costs apply for the following devices:

  • The Laser cutters
  • The 3D Gypsum Printer
  • 3D Plastic Printers

The costs are based on the time the devices are running and, if appicable, the material consumption. You can find more detailed information here. The costs will be registered on the SLUBcard and can be payed at the service desks or at the cash machine in the central library.  

PLEASE NOTE: Prices will change from the 1st of January onwards. You can find more detailed information on the website following this link.

Can I purchase materials at SLUB Makerspace?

No. The consumables (filament, gypsum, binder) for the 3D printers are provided by SLUB Makerspace. You need to bring any other material you might need for your project (e.g. material for the thermoforming machine, for laser cutters, styrofoam, eletronical elements).

How do I know the status of my 3D print?

Your finished 3D print will be available at the pick-up-shelf at Makerspace. You will receive a notification that your print is ready to be collected. You can alternatively ask in person at any time during the opening hours of SLUB Makerspace, or send us en e-mail asking about the status of your 3D print.