Area 49 + Makerspace

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Area 49 is on the second floor of J. Murrey Atkins Library, and is open to all current UNC Charlotte students, faculty and staff. It’s designed to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration, experimentation, and exploration. These spaces provide students and researchers access to specialized equipment that enables Area 49 to serve as the catalyst for ideation, innovation, and entrepreneurial research and development. 

Makerspace is designed to support:

  • Low-tech and high-tech making
  • Prototyping
  • Design thinking
  • Academic or personal projects

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.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m – 4 p.m.

Other Makerspaces

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How can I use the Makerspace?

You can use our tools and supplies for any academic or personal use.

You can use a machine once you are trained on it. Go to our Technology Instruction page to find our current list of workshops and trainings and to register.


There are no fees associated with using the Makerspace tools and equipment, but users will pay for selected consumable supplies. Payments are collected at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.

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.