The UNT Library has a relatively unique, but not unheard of, area within the main Willis Library known as a makerspace. They have named it The Factory, and while many of it’s functions fit into the definition of a makerspace, The Factory is actually so much more.
For those that are unfamiliar with term makerspace, it is essentially a space that provides access to technology and supplies that allow users to create and explore in ways not traditionally available.
The Factory has services that include 3-D printing, 3-D scanning, large format printing, milling, and laser cutting. Some of these services incur a fee based on time needed or materials used. They also offer many different pieces of technology for checkout and use by library patrons, including:
- Arduino kits and accessories
- Raspberry Pi kits and accessories
- LaunchPad kit and accessories
- LittleBits Kits
- Makey Makey Kits
- Various digital and film cameras form Canon, Panasonic, GOPro, Miranda, Honeywell, and Flip
- Oculus Developer Kit 2
They also recently received a grant and purchased more technology such as the Sphero 2.0 as well as more traditionally crafty items such as sewing machines, embroidery machines, and a Cricut cutter.
However, as much as The Factory has for patrons to use and check out, one of their coolest features are the classes they host. The employees of The Factory create events around the products they have and the skills required to use those products. They have workshops on 3D modeling software, how to solder circuits, robotics, the Oculus Rift, Arduino, and many more topics.
If you are in the Denton area, stop by UNT and check out The Factory or if you have more questions about setting up your own makerspace, please call The Factory at 940-369-5259 and they can put you in touch with the right person.