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MAKER SPACE

Create whatever you can imagine

Unleash Space is home to the University of Auckland’s state-of-the-art innovation hub and maker space.


Access the Maker Space

To use Unleash Space’s state-of-the-art Maker Space, all students and staff must complete the new member online orientation featured on our Canvas course for the Maker Space.

All University of Auckland students and staff can access this course by following this link and signing into Canvas with their SSO credentials. If you have any issues logging in, please contact us at hello@unleashspace.ac.nz.

Completing orientation is a simple, three step process.

  1. Watch a series of short videos
  2. Complete a Health and Safety Quiz
  3. Visit Unleash Space when prompted to pick up your membership badge

Once you have completed orientation you can use our general hand and power tools and go on to learn how to use the equipment in the maker space, setting you up with the ability to unleash your potential and create whatever you imagine.

Learning to use the equipment

To help you go from playing to experimenting to prototyping, we have training and support available to use our equipment. Your journey begins with our Canvas course for the Maker Space.

The following equipment requires training before use:

  • 3D Printers
  • Laser Cutter
  • CNC Router
  • Soldering Station
  • Vinyl Cutter
  • Sewing Machines

Training for this equipment is completed in two parts – an online module followed by an in-person session. Both parts must be completed to gain certification.

Part 1. Preparation Module on Canvas

A preparation module consists of a short video, quiz, and additional learning resources. Each module has been curated to introduce you to the equipment and prepare you for a guided in-person practice session with our Maker Space Coordinator.

To pass this component of equipment training, you must get 10/10 on the quiz. You can repeat the quiz as many times as you need.

Preparation modules are accessible anytime from our Canvas course and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You must complete the module before attending an in-person practice session.

Part 2. 30 minute in-person practice session

The purpose of the 30 minute in-person practice session is to ensure that you have a practical understanding of how to use the equipment. Our Maker Space Coordinator will teach you how to operate the equipment and answer any questions you may have.

Once they are satisfied that you know how to safely use the equipment, you will receive a certification sticker on your membership badge.

Please note that you must be a current University of Auckland student or staff member to access the Maker Space.

Create and Make Workshops

Our entry-level workshops are designed to help you familiarise yourself with the equipment by doing a project. On-demand workshops currently available 24/7 via Canvas are:

Adobe Illustrator
Learn how to create vector graphics using Illustrator, useful for prototyping, showing off product designs, creating illustrations, designing game assets and more.

Adobe InDesign
An introduction to InDesign, a program used to collate and format documents for publishing. Learn how to design things like posters, business cards, banners, templates, magazines, menus and more.

Adobe Photoshop
An introduction to Photoshop, the industry standard photo editing and graphic design program. Photoshop is useful for touching up images, drawing digital art, processing photos and more.

Adobe Premiere Pro
Learn the basics of Premiere Pro, video editing software that can be used to combine footage, add effects, edit audio, and adjust colour to create HD broadcast quality videos.

Augmented Reality with Unity
An introduction to Unity, a program for creating augmented reality applications that overlay virtual components onto a user’s view of the physical world.

Customer Journey Maps
Learn how customer journey maps can help you examine your service through the eyes of the customer. Plot out different levels of your customer’s experience to identify opportunities for improvement.

Fusion 360
An introduction to Fusion 360, a 3D modelling program free for students and educators. It is a powerful, easy to use tool for modelling organic shapes and mechanical designs that you can then go on to 3D print, CNC route and more.

Marvel – App Wire-framing
Learn how to create interactive mock-ups of websites and mobile apps using Marvel App, a free online digital wireframing tool. Turn an idea into a high-fidelity digital wire frame that can be navigated with taps and swipes.

Python Programming
An introduction to Python, a clear and logical general-purpose programming language with a vast range of uses including machine learning, spreadsheet automation, data visualisation, data mining, and web development.

TinkerCAD
An introduction to TinkerCAD, a free 3D modelling program known for its simplicity and ease of use. 3D modelling is useful for showing off product designs, 3D printing or CNC routing prototypes and more.

Trello
Learn how to manage your workflow effectively using Trello, a free online digital organisation tool.

Virtual Presentations
A short video covering tips and tricks for creating virtual presentations that help you communicate your topic clearly, deliver ideas effectively, and ensure that your listeners are engaged.

Maker Space Technology

Take professional quality photos of prototypes and projects


Create small computing devices, robots, dedicated circuit boards, and more


Cut out and engrave designs with acrylic, wood, MDF, leather, and cardboard


Take professional quality photos of prototypes and projects


Create small computing devices, robots, dedicated circuit boards, and more


Cut out and engrave designs with acrylic, wood, MDF, leather, and cardboard


Transfer a model from real life into a digital model


Cut shapes in adhesive vinyl to create decals and stickers


Make something new or upcycle old items


Transfer a model from real life into a digital model


Cut shapes in adhesive vinyl to create decals and stickers


Make something new or upcycle old items


Make moulds for art, silicone, or even chocolate


Prototype items like cases and boxes, puzzles and toys, phone and camera mounts


Create durable prototypes of models out of wood, foam, and MDF


Make moulds for art, silicone, or even chocolate


Prototype items like cases and boxes, puzzles and toys, phone and camera mounts


Create durable prototypes of models out of wood, foam, and MDF


Opening Hours

General Maker Space opening hours are:

Monday: 10am – 3pm
Tuesday: 11am – 3pm
Wednesday: 10am – 3pm
Thursday: 10am – 3pm
Friday: 10am – 3pm

Opening hours may be subject to change due to activities and events held in Unleash Space. We will do our best to limit disruptions to our regular hours, but please check our calendar for the latest updates.

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