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The Atkins Makerspace is on the second floor of J. Murrey Atkins Library, and is open to all current UNC Charlotte students, faculty, and staff. The space is equipped for all kinds of making, and contains equipment and materials such as 3D printers, a laser cutter, desktop CNC routers, sewing machines, paints, wood, circuitry kits, textiles, and more.

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Visit the Makerspace page of our Area 49 LibGuide for more detailed information on machines and offerings.


Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, beginning September 28th.

Access & Training

Basic Use

Before using the Makerspace, all users will sign the Atkins Makerspace Safety and Use Agreement.

Training - Machine Use

If you wish to operate a Makerspace machine, you must undergo a training session. After your first training, you will receive a training badge, which will keep track of all machines you have been trained on. To use a machine, show your badge to the Makerspace Monitor. You will receive a color-coded lanyard that gives you authorization for the machine at that time. You will be responsible for the machine until you return the lanyard.

A list of all trainings and workshops and registration details can be found on the Workshops page. If you have been trained on the same machine at the CCI Makerspace or RōFL, you may provide proof of training as an alternative to training at this site.

Reserving Machine Time

Any machine requiring extended use time, such as the 3D printers, the CNC milling machines, and the laser cutter, must be reserved in the Group Study system. You will gain access to the schedules for these machines once you undergo trainings.

If you have any questions, please email or talk with a Makerspace Monitor.