The MakerLodge will train approximately 1,000 – 1,500 students per year on introductory maker technology including 3D printers, laser cutters, bandsaws, drill presses, handtools and more. We have designed the program to solve the campus wide training problem with input and support from wide range of people at MIT. The program launched on September 12, 2016 and is open to all freshman (Class of 2020) at MIT. After completing the MakerLodge training, freshman will receive MakerBucks and be eligible to join over 10 existing makerspace communities.

MakerLodge Tier 1 Training includes:

• General Shop Safety Training
• 3D Printing
• Laser Cutting
• Handtools

MakerLodge Tier 2 Training will include

• Circuit Board Manufacturing
• CNC Machining
• Soldering
• Drill Press and bandsaws and more


(you have to be a freshman and
pass the quiz at the bottom to signup)

Input and Resources for Creating the MakerLodge

The MakerLodge was developed in collaboration and with the support of the following people and groups:

• Representatives of the MIT student body
• Martin A. Schmit, MIT Provost
• Ian A. Waitz, MIT Vice Chancellor
• Dennis Freeman, MIT Henry Ellis Warren (1894) Professor of Electrical Engineering
• Sanjay Sarma, MIT Vice President for Open Learning
• Working group of 40+ makerspace and shop managers at MIT
• MIT Alumni as advisors

MIT has over 40 design/build/project spaces that add up to over 130,000 ft2, about 2 ½ football fields! These spaces exists because we believe a balance of “thinking” + “making” yields the best learning and because it is incredibly fun. That is why MIT’s moto is “Mens et Manus,” or Latin for “Mind and Hand”. We value making in your classes, your research, and your fun.