Scot Ackerman MakerSpace at Tulane University Wiki

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A MakerSpace has been described as new amalgam of art, craft, and technology. Our goal is to serve all makers, and potential makers, in the Tulane Community[1]. We do so by providing tools, assistance, and ideas. Commercial use of the MakerSpace is not allowed. We provide 3D printer filament and laser plywood for academic and personal use projects. If in doubt, questions about interpretation should be directed to the Maker-In-Chief or a Director before a project is started.


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Just Getting Started?

Where are we?

[Google Map] [Aerial view] If you're using Google Maps, just type WVPH+RH in the search box.

When are we open?

Click on "MakerSpace Access" to see our hours of operation.

News and Updates


  • Prof. Nicole Gasparini's students are helping special needs children experience different forms of topography and soil. The project involves using 3-D printers and laser cutters at the Scot Ackerman Makerspace to create synthetic landscapes that can be used to simulate volcanoes, tsunamis and earthquakes.
  • Maker Fab Tech Meghan Bush, interning in NASA's Photovoltaic and Electrochemical Systems Branch, bested 200 other interns to win the first GlennTalks Live competition. Bush won for her project "Characterizing Photovoltaics in a Near-Space Environment."
  • In August 2018, four Tulane students represented the University at the Make48 College Challenge. The TV show filmed at that event in Baltimore was edited into 10 episodes and broadcast on WYES and WLAE in Fall 2019. You can also stream it. Meet the team from 14:44 to 17:22 of the first episode. The team's product pitch starts at 9:41 on the fifth episode and the winners are announced at 23:05 on the same episode. There's also a brief video clip featuring the Tulane students, a Q&A interview and a promo for the entire series.
  • Our water jet cutter is in service. David, the factory rep, trained 16 users in two sessions. The machine cuts steel, glass, ceramics, aluminum, and any hard non-porous material. Bring your material and a .dxf or .svg file and the Fab Techs can help you.
  • The 2019 Burton Morgan Foundation Novel Tech Challenge was won by two Biomedical Engineering students who developed and prototyped their project in the MakerSpace and are now creating the initial clinical testing production run of their invention on our 3d printers.
  • Jamie Milstein, a Senior in the Freeman School of Business, came to the MakerSpace a week before a pitch competition, asking our Fab Techs to teach her how to create a full scale model of her product idea. In three days, she learned how to use the 3D printers and made a great prototype. Then, she won $10,000.
  • The Maker of the Year Award recipient for 2019 is Lewis Greenstein. Scroll down to the photo of his winning submission.
  • Our new Epilog laser cutter, with a 48"x36" bed, is in place and available.
  • The MakerSpace is now the Scot Ackerman MakerSpace, after a generous gift from Scot Ackerman, a 1978 graduate in Biomedical Engineering.

News Archive

Maker of the Year

The 2021 Maker of the Year Award, funded by a generous gift from Lary Walker (G ’76, ’79) is presented to Catherine Gilbert and Jorge Nagel (School of Medicine) for their design of an open-source, 3d-printable, powered air purifying respirator called the Hygieia PAPR ( .

  • Catherine and Jorge describe their work: "This PAPR is a low-cost, easily accessible, just–in–time 3D printable PAPR design that performed above NIOSH and OSHA standards for flow-rate and particle filtration for loose-fitting PAPR devices to be made and used when industry-made designs are unavailable."

Links on this Wiki

MakerSpace Access

Hours, location, and contact information.

Safety, Trainings, and Manuals

Information on safety procedures and training, plus links to instruction manuals for equipment.

Available Tools

Links and information concerning the tools we have in the MakerSpace, grouped by category.


Schedules and information on workshops offered in the MakerSpace


A list of software programs that are available to students, with notes on their use.


Supplies on hand at the MakerSpace, and where to find them.

Other Resources

Information about suppliers and other online resources.

Project Guides and Tutorials

Samples of projects and instructions for doing them yourself.

MakerSpace Digital Library

Access the digital library for MakerSpace books and resources


Examples of projects built in the Tulane MakerSpace.


Information on those involved in building, managing, and improving the Tulane MakerSpace.

MARS (Makers And Robotics Society)

Connect with the Tulane Makers and Robotics Society.

Support & Contribute

Methods for supporting the Tulane MakerSpace

The New Orleans Maker Community

New Orleans has a long history of artistic creation, and that creativity is now expressed in a vibrant maker community. The Tulane MakerSpace is proud to be a part of this community. Other members include