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FAQ

Where is the Makerspace located?

320 W 29th St, Suite 220, Baltimore, MD 21211 , on the second floor of the Fast Forward U building in room 220.

Can I use the Makerspace? 

The Makerspace is open to all Johns Hopkins University students, faculty, and staff. Priority is given to personal projects that are not related to coursework or grant-funded research projects and that have not yet reached the point of commercialization. 

What if I need to complete a project for coursework or research? 

WSE Manufacturing has a Professional Machine Shop, Self – Service Machine Shop, and Advanced Manufacturing Lab that you can use. 

How much does it cost? 

All tools are free, though we ask that you bring your own materials/consumables, except for 3D printer filament and vinyl for the plotter.

Is there a fee to use the equipment? 

No, the Makerspace equipment is free and available for all Johns Hopkins University students, staff, and faculty.

When is the Makerspace open? 

Please check our weekly schedule for open lab hours.
 

What equipment is available in the general shop space? 

This area includes Laser Cutters, 3-D Printers, Hand Tools, a Vinyl Cutter, and Electronics Workbench. See Equipment and Resources for more details. 
 

If I have had training on similar equipment, do I still need to complete training in the Makerspace? 

You will need to complete Makerspace specific training in order to use Makerspace equipment and resources. 
 

Is there a dress code or required protective equipment? 

In the general shop area, we will not allow open-toed footwear or any food and drinks. The metal working room, woodworking room, and paint booth will all have additional restrictions and guidelines that will be covered during their respective training. 
 

Can I bring friends or family into the Makerspace? 

Only if they are an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University (Do they have a J Card?) and have completed our general shop training.
 

Where can I buy materials? 

Can I have my supplies shipped directly to the Makerspace? 

Shipping materials to the Makerspace is allowed on a case-by-case basis. Please get in touch with the Makerspace Manager to inquire further.
 

Can I store my projects or materials in the Makerspace? 

We do have some storage available but it is limited. Contact us to discuss in more detail. Otherwise whatever you bring with you should leave with you. 
 

I have an idea for a project but don’t know how to make it. Will I be able to get help from the Makerspace staff? 

Yes, when we are not running equipment and resource training, we will be available to help you make your idea a reality. Contact the Makerspace Manager to schedule a meeting to discuss your project.
 

I have finished prototyping in the Makerspace, and now I’m ready to reach out to local manufacturers. Who should I contact?

You are always welcome to contact the Makerspace Manager to discuss your options, but we also provide an ever-growing list of contacts for you: Local Manufacturing Guide.