Engineering Makerspace

Bring your ideas to life at the Engineering Makerspace on the King’s Buildings campus.

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The Engineering Makerspace is a dedicated workspace where students can design, build and test their own engineering models and inventions. Co-run by the School of Engineering and Edinburgh Innovations, it is home to a community of student inventors, from first years to PhD students.

Whether you want to build a mini rocket, try your hand at 3D printing, or access support for your business ideas, the Makerspace is the place to experiment and meet fellow innovators.

You will also have access to practical support and supervision from our expert technical staff, alongside entrepreneurial advice and funding opportunities from Edinburgh Innovations.

What kind of activities can I do here?

The Makerspace is suitable for lower risk activities classed as ‘Hazard 0’ and ‘Hazard 1’, such as:

  • light manual assembly using hand tools and light drills
  • electronic work, testing and soldering

Find out more about the hazard level of different activities. Facilities are classified by the highest category of hazard for activities that can take place there.

The space is divided over two floors – Level 0 for Hazard 1 activities, and Level 1 for Hazard 0 activities.

What if my intended activity is classed as Hazard 2 or above?

If you want to do heavy machining or engineering tasks, such as grinding, milling, cutting, welding, or other activities classed at Hazard Levels 2-4, please contact Dr Sally Morgan (sally.morgan@ed.ac.uk ) for access to the Mechanical Engineering Workshops (G20, Sanderson Building).

What facilities are available?

Engineering Makerspace: Level 0 (Hazard 1 activities)

Level 0 provides general bench space for light manual assembly, and low voltage electronic and electrical work.

Engineering Makerspace: Level 1 (Hazard 0 activities)

Level 1 of the Makerspace contains the following facilities:

Can anyone access it?

The space can be booked by all University of Edinburgh School of Engineering students, from undergraduate to PhD level.

How do I start using it?

  • Contact the Makerspace Manager Dr Eddie McCarthy ed.mccarthy@ed.ac.uk.
  • We will get in touch to arrange a chat about how you would like to use the space – including when and how much you’d like to use it, and what type of activity you’ll be doing.
  • If the space is suitable for your requirements, you will complete a health and safety induction before gaining access.
  • You will also need to supply a statement of work and a risk assessment for your intended activity, which must be reviewed by Makerspace supervisors before you start working.

Examples of current projects

Some current or recent student projects in the Makerspace include:

  • HYPED are the UK’s leading student team working on Hyperloop technology, and are currently building a Hyperloop pod prototype to test the viability of this alternative form of high-speed rail transport.
  • Endeavour are working on several high-powered rocketry and liquid engine projects, including their first supersonic rocket – Darwin II.
  • Three students recently constructed a 4.7m carbon fibre composite bridge, winning the SAMPE ‘Design and Build’ competition 2021.

Where to find us

The Makerspace is based at the rear of the King’s Building Campus (access Gate 1, West Mains Road, near Scottish Microelectronics Centre (SMC). View the KB campus map.

Contact

For enquiries, please email Dr Eddie McCarthy ed.mccarthy@ed.ac.uk.

Lower floor of the Engineering Makerspace with 3 students standing in front of working desk space
The lower floor of the Engineering Makerspace
A student wearing a virtual reality VR headset in the Engineering Makerspace
VR Suite, Engineering Makerspace

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The Makerspace is based at the rear of the King’s Building Campus (access Gate 1, West Mains Road, near Scottish Microelectronics Centre (SMC). View the KB campus map.