CoMotion MakerSpace

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FAQ - MakerSpace

What is a maker space?

A space that:

  • Provides access to a wide variety of tools and equipment for prototyping, as well as studio space for individuals and teams to create and share projects.
  • Is community-centered and diverse; a social place for people with different skills and common interests to collaborate and learn from each other.
  • Provides an open environment for innovation and creative expression.
Why is CoMotion providing this maker space?

The mission of CoMotion is to be the collaborative hub for expanding the societal impact of the UW community by delivering the tools and connections that UW researchers and students need to accelerate the impact of their innovations. The CoMotion MakerSpace provides access to equipment, training, and space to turn ideas into reality, and a social, collaborative environment for creators to connect with each other and work in teams.

What goes on in the CoMotion MakerSpace?

With most equipment and furniture on casters, the space is rapidly re-configurable to enable multiple and changing uses even within a single day. In addition to individual drop-in use, the MakerSpace hosts a wide variety of maker-oriented workshops, safety training, design/fabrication class projects (including capstones), and maker-oriented challenges and hackathons. 

How do I gain access and get started using the MakerSpace?

Stop by any time during the core drop-in hours and ring the doorbell if you'd like to see the space and talk with a staff member or users of the space.  Before using any equipment, however, you will need to become a user by:

  1. attending a MakerSpace Orientation and Safety Training Session (listed on the Event Calendar), and
  2. completing the MakerSpace Facility Use Agreement on Catalyst

After this, you can use any equipment in the space (albeit a few items that require help/supervision from a staff member if you haven't been trained on them), and your Husky Card can be enabled to access the MakerSpace during core hours (without ringing the doorbell).

Who is eligible to use the MakerSpace, and how much does it cost to use?

The following categories of users are eligible for free user access: 

  • Registered matriculated UW Seattle students
  • Full-time UW faculty and staff (all campuses)
  • Part-time UW faculty and staff (all campuses) who work an average of at least 16h/week
  • Visiting scholars

The following categories of users are eligible for paid user access at a preferred rate of $150/quarter.  

  • CoMotion Incubator tenant company employees
  • Registered matriculated UW Bothell and Tacoma students*

The following categories of users are eligible for paid user access at the regular rate of $200/quarter:  

  • Startup Hall tenant company employees
  • Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF) users
  • Retired faculty/staff*
  • UW Alumni (must have completed a degree from any UW campus)* 
  • Registered matriculated UW Professional & Continuing Education (PCE) students*
  • spouses/qualified domestic partners of users in the free tier*

*user categories with an asterisk are limited in number (first come, first served, with wait list when cap is reached)

The sign-up process for either tier of paid user access is:

  1. mail a request to
  2. make payment in person in the MakerSpace by check or Husky Card account
  3. obtain a UW NetID from the MakerSpace (if you don't already have one)
  4. complete the corresponding User Agreement via Catalyst
  5. attend an Orientation & Safety Training session and complete the corresponding Safety Training Acknowledgement via Catalyst

For consumable materials, you may either bring in your own (provided they are approved for use on the intended machine), or purchase materials that are stocked in the MakerSpace for your convenience.  E.g., for 3D printing, if you do not bring your own PLA filament spool to use, using a spool provided by the MakerSpace will cost approximately $0.05/g (weigh your part upon completion, including any rafts/supports/failed prints, on the A&D scale and then see a staff member to charge your Husky Card).

Payment for user access and materials currently may only be made by Husky Card or check (no cash or credit cards, or debit other than Husky Card).

All users are also expected to “pay it forward” and contribute to the community with their time and talents – such as helping others by sharing knowledge and mentoring, helping to plan and execute events, helping in maintenance of the space, or helping with others’ projects.  

Who owns what is developed in the CoMotion MakerSpace?

The CoMotion MakerSpace is intended as a community innovation space. Use of the CoMotion MakerSpace does not create any intellectual property obligations for the user. In other words, no new “strings” are added by use of the facility. See the CoMotion MakerSpace IP Policy and the CoMotion Facility Use Agreement for more details.

Aren’t there already shops on campus?

CoMotion is networked with many departmental shops across campus that have considerable fabrication capabilities. We aim to complement these shops with a flexible, multi-use space to foster a cross-disciplinary design and fabrication community, as well as providing entry-level workshops and events open to all, while connecting users to other campus shops when more specialized capabilities are required.

Hours of Operation

For the Spring Quarter, the MakerSpace is open from Monday-Friday 12:30pm-8:30pm, Saturday 9-6pm, and Sunday 12-6pm.  We will be closed for University Holidays (Memorial Day, May 30th).  The MakerSpace is open through June 3, 2016 and reopens on the first day of instruction in Summer Quarter (June 20, 2016).



  • Flashforge Creator Pro 3D Printers
  • Ultimaker 2 3D Printers (one regular, one extended height)
  • Othermills
  • Kinect v2 for Windows (used with 3D Builder software as a 3D Scanner)
  • HP Sprout (All-in-one Windows computer with 2 touch surfaces & 2D/3D scanning) with 3D Capture Stage
  • 4 iMac desktop design stations w/ Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino, Autodesk, and various other CAD packages
  • 10 Sparkfun Redboard Arduino kits
  • 2 Universal COlaser cutters/engravers: VLS 4.60 (60W) and M20 (25W)
  • 12 sewing machines in 3 different models: 5 Janome Sewist 500, 5 Janome HD1000,  2 Bernina 215 
  • Sailrite Big-N-Tall Sewing Machine
  • electronics fabrication and assembly:
  • electronics test:
    • Keysight MSO2024A 200 MHz 4-channel oscilloscopes
    • Fluke 179 handheld multimeters
    • Fluke 117 electrician's handheld multimeters with non-contact voltage 
    • 2 Fluke 287 handheld logging multimeters
    • 8808A precision benchtop digital multimeter
    • Tektronix TDS420 200 MHz oscilloscope
    • Tektronix AFG310 and 320 function generators
    • Tektronix DG2030 Data Generator
    • Tektronix PS280 and Tenma 72-7245 dual output power supplies
    • Tektronix CPS250 and BK1660 triple output power supplies
    • HP 4140B pA meter and programmable voltage source 
  • other test & measurement:
    • Fluke 62 Max+ infrared digital thermometer
    • 12' x 20' RF shielded test chamber
  • A variety of hand tools - wrenches, screwdrivers, xacto knives and cutting mats, pliers, clamps, etc.
  • Z-racks with locking casters configured as whiteboards, pegboards for tools, and garment racks
  • workbenches (standing or stool-height) and flip-top worktables (sitting height) on locking casters
  • stocked materials for purchase:
    • ​PLA filament for 3D printers (weigh after printing, currently 5 cents/gram)
    • acrylic sheet, birch plywood, chipboard, and matboard for laser cutter
    • copper plated boards with pre-drilled mounting holes for LPKF PCB plotter

Want us to add something? Send us a note and we’ll add it to the wishlist! We will be expanding from 4,000 to 6,000 square feet in the coming months and continuing to add new capabilities.

Upcoming Workshops, Events Schedule, and Group Work Sessions

Upcoming Orientation/Safety Training sessions:

Upcoming Workshops, Meetups, and Other Events:


The CoMotion MakerSpace is located on the second floor of Fluke Hall, Suite 215.

The main entrance to Fluke Hall is on the north side of the building, on the ground floor; this entrance is just south of the N21 lot on the lowest level of the Padelford parking structure. Immediately after coming through this main entrance, take the stairway or elevator on your right up to the second floor. After exiting the stairway or elevator on the second floor, go through the glass door. Suite 215 is the first door on your left.

A second entrance to Fluke Hall is on the south side of the building, as you walk east down the hill from the HUB towards the IMA, past the UW Club and the Facilities Services building. After going through this door, you will be in the south stairway; take the next door out into the 2nd floor hallway. Walk all the way down the hallway. Suite 215 is the last door on your right before you pass through a glass door to the north side elevator. 

Mailing List Signup

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CoMotion MakerSpace is managed by Mike Clarke, with student staffers Matthew Sorensen, Chloe Meisner, Ben Gardon, Ian Culhane, and Mary Morris.


Questions?  Contact us at

Gallery and News

Check out the MakerSpace from afar with this interative spherical photo!  It was taken by the Spherecam, a low-cost 360 spherical camera created by MakerSpace user Supasorn Suwajanakorn using a Raspberry Pi and custom parts 3D printed in the MakerSpace.    


The CoMotion MakerSpace received considerable local, state, and national attention (via KUOW radio, KING 5 TV News, UW Today, and the National Science Foundation's website and twitter) related to UW's great DO-IT Access Engineering program's work in (and on) our space!

HCDE's Andy Davidson and Lukas Eiermann took a lot of great photos in the MakerSpace during his Spring 2015 HCDE course, in this album and others on Andy's Flikr account.  We look forward to more collaborations! 

The MakerSpace opened on March 3, 2015 -- see our event photos below!