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The Spark: Overview

 

In cooperation with the University’s response to COVID-19, TheSpark Makerspace at the University of North Texas Libraries physical locations are closed until further notice.

 

The Makers have limited access to our physical collection. Most of what we do have is at our Discovery Park Location. We are working to get materials that students need to check out to be available at the DP location. If you are in need of makerspace items please send an email to TheSpark@unt.edu 

 

The makerspace team continues to offer online workshops as well as consultations. Keep up with making and makerspace happenings through our blog.

 

We look forward to seeing you again when UNT opens.

- Your Makerspace Crew

 

The UNT Libraries' makerspace, The Spark, promotes the cooperative and creative use of technology. We provide the UNT community including faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students with access to equipment, software, and training that promotes innovative, cross-disciplinary learning. The Spark will host numerous workshops at one of our locations in Willis Library or Discovery Park this semester to help you get familiar with the great tools available for use.

The Spark offers assistance with learning how to use resources but we are not authorized to develop code or projects for individuals. We are here to help you and offer the following types of support.

 

  •  Spark Resources Consultation
    • A consultation is a 30-60 minute session with a Knowledge Specialist. In this session, you are expected to present the project concept/question so the Knowledge Specialist can highlight resources and offer suggestions to assist you in accomplishing your project goal.
  • Training Sessions
    • Training is a 60-minute session with a Knowledge Specialist that will train you on safety standards, proper use of equipment/software, and Spark use guidelines. Some equipment*/software may take more than one session. *You will sign a contract after your training session for future use on The Spark’s equipment.
  • Work Request (Required for Lasercutter, CNC, Embroidery)  
    • Do you have everything ready to complete your project? You should have a file created in the proper format, approved materials, and you will need to schedule a session with a Knowledge Specialist to complete the cut/scan.
  • Submit STL Files (3D Printing)
    • The Spark’s 3D printing is a paid service handled through 3D Printing by The Spark.

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Hours & Scheduling

  • The Spark Hours | May 18-August 8, 2020 
    • Willis Hours (Room 135)
      • Monday- Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (remote and by appointment)
      • Friday-Saturday CLOSED
      • Sunday Closed
    • Discovery Park Hours (Room M130)
      • Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm by appointment
      • Friday - Sunday Closed
  • The Spark Makerspace 2020 Holidays
  • Laser Cutting / Milling / Embroidery / EinScan
    • Please contact us for an appointment
    • Laser cutting is out of service during building construction summer of 2020
  • 3D Printing Turnaround | 3 - 7 days on average
  • Holds: Items return to circulation 3 days after email notification.

Contact Us

Do you have any questions, suggestions, or just want to share your project? We want to hear from you!

  •   Willis Library (940) 369-5259
  •   Discovery Park (940) 565-3175
  •  Email us                   

Submit Requests

Our maker-techs come from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. You can easily identify them from their grey vests, and they will always be happy to help you.

Contact Judy Hunter for tours, course integration, video/audio inquiries, and other administrative needs.

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