The Scholars’ Lab Makerspace is a place for crafting, tinkering, and experimentation with technologies like 3D printing, sewing, physical computing, and augmented reality. Open to everyone—absolutely no prior experience or fee needed!—we specialize in hands-on approaches to research questions in the humanities and arts.

Informed by a rich tradition of Library support for exploring materiality in Special Collections and the Fine Arts Library Materials Collection, and for participating in the physical-made-digital in both the Scholars’ Lab and the Robertson Media Center in Clemons, our Makerspace Technologists can help faculty and student researchers evaluate new approaches to their work, and consider both the hows and the whys of making.

Learning how to do something with humanities technology gives us a more informed perspective on why we do things in the humanities. Both are vital.

Staffed Hours
We are staffed most weekdays during the semester and summer sessions. We are closed for University holidays. See below for our open hours.
Makerspace Technologists
Student Technologists
Catherine Addington:3D Printing, Digital Humanities
Andrew Carl:3D Printing, Electronics, Wearables
Nic Dalton:3D Printing, Modelling
Brandon Phan:3D Printing
Marysia Serafin:3D Printing
Scholars’ Lab Staff Technologists
Laura Miller:3D Printing, Photogrammetry, Digital Humanities
Ammon Shepherd:3D Printing, Electronics, Programming, Digital Humanities
Shane Lin:3D Printing, Programming, Digital Humanities
Jeremy Boggs:3D Printing, Electronics, Programming, Digital Humanities
Using the Makerspace

Interested in exploring the Makerspace? Have an idea to use microcontrollers or 3D modeling and printing technology to enhance your research or differently interrogate your assumptions? Check out our printer availability on our printer calendar. Stop by to talk to one of our Technologists, attend our maker workshops, or contact us at to schedule an appointment with a Makerspace Technologist or Scholars’ Lab staff to discuss your planned project.

3D Printer Calendar

Makerspace Hours Makerbot – Replicator 2 Taz 5 Ultimaker

Availability of the 3D printers is tracked on this calendar. To schedule a printer, please find an available time by looking at our calendar above. Send an email to with the following information:

  1. your department/major,
  2. the estimated number of hours it will take to complete your print (you are required to remain for the entire print time unless other arrangements are made),
  3. which printer you’d like to use (if you have a preference),
  4. if you need help preparing a 3D model for printing,
  5. a brief description of the item you are printing or URL to object from a website (, etc).

Makerspace Rules of Use

You must schedule a printer and your print must be approved in advance of printing. By making a reservation, you agree to the following:

  1. Items that may not be printed include but are not limited to: models which are defective or unsuited for FDM printing, models of weapons and their accessories, copyrighted materials, or items designed for mass production and/or commercial use. Staff technologists reserve the right to cancel or refuse a print at any time.
  2. Unscheduled printers can be reserved by walk-ins on a first-come first-served basis.
  3. If you do not arrive within 15 minutes of the start of your of reservation, you may lose your print time.
  4. You must regularly monitor your print, and be available to remove it before the Makerspace closes. Prints cannot run outside of staffed hours.
  5. Makerspace printers are intended for educational and experimentation purposes. Priority will be given to the UVA community users. Printing is currently free, but the staff reserves the right to ask users to supply their own filament for ongoing or large jobs.

If you have any questions, please do ask us! We enjoy helping folks figure out how to use our Makerspace.

What’s in the Makerspace?
    3D Printing
  • FDM 3D Printers: MakerBot Replicator 2, Ultimaker 2, Lulzbot TAZ 5
  • SLA 3D Printer: Formlabs Form 2 (available for use with staff assistance only)
  • Assortment of FDM 3D printer filaments
    VR, AR, & 3D Scanning
  • NextEngine Desktop 3D laser scanner
  • Oculus Rift DK1 Development KitsMicrosoft
  • HoloLens
  • Google Cardboard classroom set
    Physical Computing
  • Sparkfun Arduino kits, with Arduino UNO boards and an assortment of Arduino shields.
  • Raspberry Pi
    Textiles & Wearables
  • Bernini sewing machines + serger
  • Basic supplies for wearables and tactile computing
  • Felt
  • Sewing needles and thread
  • Quilting/cross-stitch frames
    Graphics & Photography
  • Wacom Cintiq 22HD graphics tablet
  • Camera equipment:
  • Canon EOS 6D DSLR camera with 24mm f/2.8 and 35mm f/2.0 lenses
  • Samsung NX1000 MILC camera with kit lens
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Agisoft PhotoScan
  • ArcGIS, qGIS
  • Arduino
  • Blender, MeshMixer, Tinkercad, SketchUp, Maya
  • Cura, Makerbot Desktop
  • Oculus
  • PreForm
  • Rhinocerous
  • Simplify3D
  • Tool box with basic hand tools (wrenches, screwdrivers. etc.)
  • Soldering irons, solder, helping hands
  • Digital multimeters
  • Spare parts for basic electronics tinkering (breadboards, wire, switches, sensors)

All equipment is maintained for use in the Makerspace and is not available for check out at this time. Don’t see the equipment you need here? Visit for other shops, labs, and places for making at UVA.

If you have any questions or to want to schedule a printer or a consultation, please contact To see our open hours and printer reservations, scroll up to view the Makerspace calendar.

What’s in the Scholars’ Lab public space?
  • High-end desktop computers (PC and Mac)
  • Scanners (flatbed, large format, sheet feeder) and OCR software
  • Media:Scape Conference & Presentation Lounge (contact to reserve the presentation space)
  • Egg Chair
Makerspace dummy floorplan

Makerspace and Public Space, 4th Floor Alderman

Questions? Hesitant about joining us in the Makerspace? You belong here, and we're happy to meet with you, answer questions, and give you a tour to help you feel more at home. Email to let us know you're curious about our Makerspace.