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The Spark Makerspace

Ingniting the imagination through cooperative learning
The Spark Makerspace is a hands on learning lab for the UNT community with a mission to ignite the imagination, increase digital fluency, inspire explorative learning, support resume building, encourage personal growth & development of a maker mindset. The Spark makerspace is a service from the UNT Library and has two locations one in Willis Library room 135 and one at Discovery Park M130. As a unique combination of a hands-on learning lab and a library circulating collection, The Spark promotes the cooperative and creative use of technology to support the continual development of digital fluency for UNT students, faculty and staff. The makerspace provides the UNT community including faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students with access to equipment, software, and trainings. The Spark will host numerous workshops each long semester. Due to the current health concerns all workshops are currently being offered online.
 
 
 
 
 

You can follow what is happening in the makerspace on our Blog and through our Podcast UNT MindSpark

The first step in using The Spark is a virtual consultation. You can schedule a virtual consultation to determine your project and/or training needs. During the consultation, the Spark representative will help determine what your next steps are for you. 

  • Consultations -VIRTUAL- via Zoom
    • 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- IN PERSON Scheduled @ your virtual consultation
    • 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.
  • Machine Operator Appointment (Required for CNC, EinScan, Embroidery, Laser)  In PERSON
    • Do you have everything ready to complete your project? You should have a file created in the proper format, approved materials, and now you will need to schedule an appointment session with a Machine Operator to complete the cut/scan. Machine Operator's set up the machine and insure the machines is operating properly. Project planning and design are done through consultations and trainings respectively.
  • 3D Printing
    • Full Service 3D Printing (3D Printing must have .stl file that is ready to print)- more options for your print such as filament type and colors
    • Self Service- Print on the Ender 3's available for you

 

PLEASE NOTE: The Spark offers assistance with learning how to use our resources but we are not authorized as a production facility (we do not work on your materials/project directly or take orders to make things for you). Nor are we able to develop code or projects for individuals. We are here to help you learn how to use our resources to achieve your project goals. 


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.


Hours

  • The Spark Hours | January 10-April 30
    • Willis Hours (Room 135)
      • Monday- Friday 10am-6pm
      • Saturday Closed
      • Sunday Closed
    • Discovery Park Hours (Room M130)
  • The Spark Makerspace Spring 2021 Holidays
    • January 18 CLOSED
    • April 2 CLOSED
  • 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                   

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