What is the Makerspace?

The Makerspace is an open and free workshop for all ETH students and ETH affiliated persons. In the Makerspace you are able to perform most types of standard prototyping and repairing work. The space is run by our talented Makerspace team, hence working in the makerspace is a student to student learning experience.

So the Makerspace is like a technical Playground for ETH?

That is a way of putting it. We want to foster creativity and we want you to feel free to try something out that may not work the first time. That is the innovation process. Don’t be shy! Come by and start building something. If you are not sure of what to build, you can join one of our community projects.

What can I make here?

The answer is almost ANYTHING. From fixing your bike light to building a prototype for your project we are capable of supporting almost any project. A list of available tools and machines can be found here.

We do have certain restrictions. For example we do not support projects that you do for your course if the institute already gives you access to a workshop for this very purpose (such as Architecture models or the Innovation project in D-MAVT). We also do not allow users to fabricate something with a commercial purpose (small-series production).

If you are not sure whether you can realize your project in the Makerspace, just talk to a Makerspace Manager or email us.

How do I become a user?

Getting started in the Makerspace is easy. Just come by during an open hour, get a short introduction and start making.  To use more complex machines, you need a specific introduction. Just contact the manager for those.

When can I get introduced to the space & the machines?

Before you start using our 3D-printers, laser cutters, CNC-Drill and other maschines you need a special introduction from one of the Makerspace Managers. These introductions take place at 16:00 – 16:30 just before the regular Makerspace Open Hours (different times on request). Please consult the table below to find out when the next introduction will happen.

The general makerspace introduction (required for general use of the makerspace) is given at each full hour during the Open Hour, just approach the Makerspace Manager. For further questions just send us an email.

Flowchart : first time in the Makerspace

The Makerspace consists of three workshop rooms for metal works, general construction, digital fabrication and electronics.

In the Studio area you can access toolboxes and work on your prototypes Mo-Fr from 8 am – 8 pm. You have the permission to unlock these three toolboxes with your ETH ID Card as soon as you have had the general introduction to the Makerspace.

For further information on how to use the space or get access to the Studio tools, ask your Makerspace Manager!

Open Hours

Makerspace Open

Monday - Friday 16:30 - 19:30


Saturday Open Hour 20.10.2018 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday Open Hour 03.11.2018 10:00 - 15:00


3D Printing 18.10.2018 16:00 - 16:30
Laser Cutter 19.10.2018 16:00 - 16:30
3D Printing 22.10.2018 16:00 - 16:30
Laser Cutter 23.10.2018 16:00 - 16:30
3D Printing 24.10.2018 16:00 - 16:30
Laser Cutter 25.10.2018 16:00 - 16:30
3D Printing 26.10.2018 16:00 - 16:30
Laser Cutter 29.10.2018 16:00 - 16:30
3D Printing 30.10.2018 16:00 - 16:30
Laser Cutter 31.10.2018 16:00 - 16:30
3D Printing 01.11.2018 16:00 - 16:30
Laser Cutter 02.11.2018 16:00 - 16:30


A number of workshops are offered for you to improve your skills.

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October 2018

CAD Workshop using Fusion 360

October 18 @ 18:00 - 21:00
Free 11 spots left

Did you ever want to design your own part for 3D printing or laser cutting? Are you looking for this one specific part but can't find it anywhere? Then this is the right course for you! This course covers the basic in Computer Aided Design using Autodesk Fusion 360. This course is aimed at beginners and teaches you everything to start designing your own parts for production. Please bring a Windows of Mac OS X computer to the course. Further…

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Arduino Course

October 26 @ 18:00 - 21:00
Free 4 spots left

Did you ever want to create a project that is not just mechanical but also smart? A project that reacts to your inputs? An idea, which involves the use of sensors? Some of the questions answered with yes? Keep reading, this course is perfect for you. We start with flashing LEDs, use buttons and reading potentiometer values and will teach you the basics of programming an Arduino Uno micro controller in only 3 hours. You do not need prior knowledge…

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Makerspaces at other Universities

We are in touch with several makerspaces in Switzerland and at other universities in order to share experience on processes and projects. Check out these links to get an idea of what’s happening in this field.