Makerspace access & policies

Makerspace access

The UTSC Library Makerspace is available to UTSC staff, faculty, and students.

Watch the 4-minute orientation video and then take a short quiz at the end. Within 48 hours you will have access to the great equipment in the Makerspace. 

Please note: to gain access to the 3D printers, you must also attend a 1-hour 3D printing orientation. Check the UTSC Intranet for the next session. 

To book Makerspace equipment:
  • Log into the UTSC Intranet with your UTORid and password
  • From the Home page, under Quick Links select "Makerspace Resources"
  • Click on "book" under the desired equipment and timeslot

Makerspace policies:

Should a booking need to be cancelled, please log into the Intranet and delete it. If running late, please call the Makerspace at 416-287-7486 to alert staff not to delete a booking, or email the Makerspace at
Bookings are held for 15 minutes; if you do not cancel the booking you will be considered a "no-show". After three no-shows, your Makerspace privileges will be revoked. To regain privileges, you must complete the orientation process again.
Bookings are a maximum of 3 hours per day per booking, with the exception of overnight 3D printing: for overnights, please book at minimum the last hour of the day.
Multiple items are allowed to be booked at one time (for example, a whiteboard as well as group work table), with the exception of the 3D printers; access to only one 3D printer at a time is permitted.
Media equipment must be picked up / dropped off during Makerspace open hours.

Rules of conduct:

1) The worktables are intended for creative, collaborative work - they may not be used for solo study
2) Snacks and drinks with closed lids are allowed - no aromatic or messy foods, please
3) While collaboration is encouraged, noise must remain at normal levels so as not to disturb others

3D printing safety rules:

It's important to remember that the 3D printer generates high temperatures and includes moving parts that could cause injury. Do not reach into the printer while it is in operation. A few other things to keep in mind while 3D printing:
1) Tie back long hair / secure any hanging jewelry
2) Tuck in loose clothing / roll up sleeves
3) Do not touch the extruder nozzle - it is very hot
4) When removing your object from the build plate, aim the scraping tool away from you
5) The FlashForge Creator Pro build plate requires 15 minutes of cooling time before a print is removed - the build plate is very hot

3D printing policies:

1) 3D printing for non-academic purposes is $0.50 for 15 minutes
2) Payment will be received before printing by debit / credit only
3) Users may not bring in their own filament
4) It is mandatory to remain present during your entire print job
5) The print job must not exceed the time booked (3 hrs max per day)
6) To book an overnight (8 hrs max), users must book minimum the last hour of the day and remain present until close
7) The creation of any weapons, explosives, obscene materials or any object that may be dangerous or offensive to others is strictly prohibited

Intellectual property:

Intellectual property laws in Canada govern the reproduction of material. When it comes to 3D printing, it's important to be aware of what can and cannot legally be reproduced. 
There are 4 areas of intellectual property governed by law: