Dozens of makerspaces proliferate across MIT’s campus, giving the MIT community access to a host of tools—from chisels, saws, and belt sanders to 3-D printers, welding machines, and oscilloscopes—to bring their ideas to life.

The Edgerton Student Shop is a machine shop that offers intensive training classes focused on metalworking. Students can, for example, learn to use a milling machine to shape surfaces.

The Hobby Shop has been serving the MIT community for nearly 80 years. A fully equipped wood and metal shop, it is a great place to learn to handcraft wooden furniture—perhaps using a set of chisels.

MITERS is a student-member-run project space and machine shop focused on electronics and metal-working capabilities. Equipment includes an oscilloscope, which analyzes the waveform of electronic signals.

The Deep is a 1,239-square-foot makerspace where anyone in the MIT community can use tools ranging from simple drills and saws to a computer numerical control (CNC) lathe or waterjet cutter. Students are even welcome to try tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding.

The BioMakerspace supports project teams working on long-term research in biology, optics, mechanics, mathematics, electronics, and chemistry. Makers using its extensive laboratory and fabrication facilities can, for example, culture photosensitive bacteria.

Martin Trust Center ProtoWorks is focused on giving budding entrepreneurs a place to create prototypes. It’s one of several makerspaces where students can use 3-D printing capabilities.


  1. David Thaw

    I love that the Maker Map looks a bit like a LEGO Star Wars model – true to the spirit of making brilliant and beautiful things.

  2. David Harold Chester

    I wish to share with you and your students and teachers two subjects for project development. One of them is a replacement for the helicopter which is a lot cheaper, much safer and likely to be more efficient in its lift generation than a helicopter rotor, due to less waste of kinetic energy in the downstream.

    The other project is a need for simulation of our macroeconomics system about which I have an idea for a model that is sufficiently simple so that one can see how it works yet sufficiently comprehensive so as to seamless include it in its entirety. Pleas write to me at for more information on either project.

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