MakerSpace Resources


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a makerspace?

A makerspace is 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 makerspace?

It is the mission of CoMotion 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.

Aren’t there already shops on campus?

CoMotion MakerSpace 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.

Our MakerSpace is unique in that anyone in the campus community can become a member; we make no requirements regarding department affiliation, etc.

Who is eligible and how much does it cost?

Free user access: Registered matriculated UW Seattle students, UW faculty and staff

Paid user access at the rate of $200/quarter: Anyone affiliated with the UW systems (e.g. CoMotion Labs, WNF member companies, UW Alumni (must have completed a degree from any UW campus)*

Paid user access at the rate of $300/quarter: General public*

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

How do I become a user?

For FREE members (UW matriculated students, faculty, and staff):

– attend an Orientation & Safety Training session and complete the corresponding Safety Training Quiz

– sign a User/Member Agreement form

– Husky card is activated

– start making!

For paid members (anyone not in the free access category):

– attend an Orientation & Safety Training session and complete the corresponding Safety Training Quiz

– sign a User/Member Agreement form

– make payment in the MakerSpace by credit or debit card (Visa/Mastercard)

– obtain badge ID to open doors to the MakerSpace ($10/card)

– start making!

What projects am I allowed to do?

Anything you want! Our users work on a number of different projects at the MakerSpace. Some of these projects are hobbies, classroom assignments, research projects, lab projects, entrepreneur, and startup ideas! If you can dream it, we can help you make it come true!

What materials do you provide?

We sell many different things, all for use with our equipment. You’re welcome to bring your own, but here are some of the most popular items for reference:

PLA in various colors (for 3D printing)           5 cents/gram or $22/spool

1/16″ x 18″ x 24″ Extruded Acrylic                $12.00

1/8″ x 18″ x 24″ Extruded Acrylic                  $16.00

1/8″ x 18″ x 24″ Birch plywood                      $7.75

Adhesive-backed Vinyl (ORACAL 631)          $1.00

Where can I store my projects?

Individual lockers and larger storage cabinets are available for quarterly rental. Individual lockers are priced at $10/quarter and storage cabinets are priced at $120/quarter. Available on a first come, first served basis.

If you do not have a locker with us, please take your project home before the end of the day. The space is regularly shared with classes and cleaned by our custodians. The best way to avoid damage or loss of your project is by taking it with you.

How can I contribute or volunteer?

New volunteers are always welcomed! Please see Grant during open hours, or email us at