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The Spark Makerspace

Igniting the imagination through cooperative learning

Circulation

 

The Spark makerspace is a unique training based lab collection offered to currently enrolled UNT students, faculty, and staff. As a makerspace, we are a collaborative learning center for building ideas, however, we do not offer production services. Some machines/services/training may expose patron to possible dangers, and therefore all users must go through a general safety and specific equipment training. A number of machines are available for in-space use only. Although many items in the makerspace collection are circulating, discoverable in the Library catalog and can be checked out, there are special loan periods, booking procedures, renewal rules, and fine rates that apply. Every project request is subject to the Spark’s review/approval process.

Makerspace items can be costly and it is the responsibility of the patron to return items in the same or better condition than they were when checked out.

Bookable Equipment

Equipment that is only available through booking requests. Items that fall under bookable have the following circulating rules:

  • Available to: UNT currently enrolled students (Undergrad, grad, Doctoral, Honors, and TAMS), Faculty (regular UNT Denton faculty), Staff (active UNT Denton staff)
  • Loan Period: 4 days
  • Renewals Allowed: no
  • Check Out Limits: 1 camera, 2 lenses max
  • Fines Rate: $10.00 per day, $100.00 maximum fine
  • Repair/Replacement Cost: Damages incurred while in use may be charged to the patron

Circulating Equipment

Equipment from the makerspace collection that is available through the catalog and available to leave space are circulating items. Items that fall under circulating equipment have the following circulating rules:

  • Available to: UNT currently enrolled students (Undergrad, grad, Doctoral, Honors, and TAMS), Faculty (regular UNT Denton faculty), Staff (active UNT Denton staff)
  • Loan Period: 7 days
  • Renewals Allowed: yes, if no holds
  • Fines Rate: $10.00 per day, $100.00 maximum fine
  • Repair/Replacement Cost: Damages incurred while in use may be charged to the patron

In-Space Equipment 

Equipment that is for use within the defined area of the makerspace is considered in-space use. Items that fall under in space have the following circulating rules:

  • Available to: UNT currently enrolled students (Undergrad, grad, Doctoral, Honors, and TAMS), Faculty (regular UNT Denton faculty), Staff (active UNT Denton staff)
  • Loan Period: 4 hours
  • Renewals Allowed: yes, if no one is waiting
  • Check Out Limits: 1 item
  • Fines Rate: $10.00 per hour, $100.00 maximum fine
  • Repair/Replacement Cost: Damages incurred while in use may be charged to the patron
  • Safety & Use Training Required Schedule here
  • Exception: Hand tools can leave space 

Service based Equipment

Equipment that is for use within the makerspace and requires a trained Maker at every use is the service based equipment. Items that fall under service based equipment requires a machine operator appointment and have the following use rules:

  • Available to: UNT currently enrolled students (Undergrad, grad, Doctoral, Honors, and TAMS), Faculty (regular UNT Denton faculty), Staff (active UNT Denton staff)
  • USE: Will be subject to review and approval
  • Production Limits: 1 item
  • Materials: Supplied by the patron and must include a test piece
    • Repair/Replacement Cost: Damages incurred while in use may be charged to the patron

Paid Services

Full Service 3D printing is a paid service with the following procedure:

  • Available to: anyone
  • USE: Will be subject to review and approval, submit .stl file here
  • Time frame: 7-10 days from date paid
  • Materials: ABS or PLA
  • Cost: $1/hour
  • Files: .stl format*
 

 

 

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