ITS Makerspace

The purpose of this document is to provide instruction on how to utilize MakerSpace resources at Syracuse University.  

The MakerSpace at the Kimmel Computer Lab is a public space where people can come to learn, collaborate, and work with advanced tools to make their ideas a reality. Syracuse University's MakerSpace is a multi-functional space that is both a computer lab and a place to design and build. At the MakerSpace you'll find, high-end computers, 3-D printers, an embroidery machine, milling machines, laser engraver, vinyl cutter, and Z-space/3-D modeling software.

Table of Contents

Visiting Syracuse University's MakerSpace:

Makerspace Entrance

1. The MakerSpace is located in the Kimmel Computer Lab.

2. Syracuse University's MakerSpace hours of operation can be found on the MakerSpace Webpage: MakerSpace Contact and Visit

3. Inquiries and more information regarding the MakerSpace can be found by visiting the website:  


Steps to Embroidery:

Embroidery Machine

1. For questions regarding equipment contact a full-time staff member by calling: 315-443-2677 or e-mailing:

Website Contact Form               

2. User will need to come with an image they will would like to embroider.

Image To Be Embroidered

3. User will have to digitize the image by one of the following options:

    1. Option 1: Have someone digitize for you  
      • Send JPEG image to digitizer website (Ex: Fiverr)
      • Company sends preview to user for approval.
      • If user approves image, user sends digitizer fee (5$ and up)
      • Company sends. EXP/. DST file to user
    2. Option 2: Digitize yourself
      • Due to limited licensing availability, user will work with staff at one machine
      • User is able to create files using Design Shop
      • User can then go to to view tutorials on operating design shop (view Video content> Basics> Quick tour gives description of design shop software. Next> Digitizing process)
      • FTE will assist in tracing image and setting stitch direction
      • Once finished, user exports OMF file  

Embriodery Stitch Direction

4. All materials require various preparation.

Backing Material Next To Hoop and Fabric
Topping Material
Hooping: Staff secures fabric on a “hoop”.

Backing: Materials will get “stabilizer” or

backing to stabilize fabric while machine is

embroidering design.

Topping: Certain material will get topping

applied over the design. Afterward, topping is

dissolved when washed.

5. User and FTE will Load OMF file into Embroidery Machine.

Embriodery USB Loading

6. Consult with Syracuse University's MakerSpace Staff to determine what materials will be needed concerning backing, colored string, and fabric

Embriodery Threads

7. When design is loaded Staff centers design on machine

Embriodery Loading

8. When fabric is locked in place, machine will do broad overlying stitch to secure stabilizer to fabric.

Overlying Stitch

9. Simple prints take 2-5 minutes; more complex designs may vary.

Embriodery Finished Product

  • Staff recommends testing designs before sewing onto final product.


Steps to Laser Engraving:

Laser Engraver 

1. For questions regarding equipment contact a full-time staff member by calling: 315-443-2677 or e-mailing:

Website Contact Form                         

3. User comes in with desired image and file (including Illustrator/CAD files).

4. User brings in materials; (Plastics are not permitted).

 Machine is limited to: 1ft x 2ft materials; ¼” cuts/score/etches.

6. Syracuse University's MakerSpace Staff uploads design on connected computer.

Laser Engraver Print

7. Staff adjusts laser speeds and line size.

8. Staff sets up and runs laser for safety reasons.

Laser Engraver In Action

9. Average jobs takes 5-10 minutes; cuts are quicker than engraving.

Finished Product


Steps to 3D Printing:

3D Printers Available

1. User walks up to the employee station (located right of the entrance ramp) to request a print.

Employee Workstation

2. User can bring in a .STL file or sit and learn Tinkercad at a workshop or one-on-one consultation.

One on One Consultation

3. The employee will ask for the user’s information and create a work order. They will the original STL file to the order in case problems occur.

4. Employee and user will take STL file and import it into the MakerBot application.

Tinkercad Image to be Printed

  • Size, position, and placement changes are made to the print.
  • Raft, supports, infill, and other printing options can be modified.

5. Printers available are: Makerbot 5th Gen, Makerbot 2, Makerbot 2X, and Gigabot

Makerbot Printers

6. The print file is previewed before printing (this includes print time, and print weight).

Print Preview

7. The print file is exported and saved to a thumb drive.

8. Employee will plug usb into the printer and save the print file into the internal memory.

9. Employee will load/change filament before printing.

 3D Filament Being Changed

10. MakerSpace provides materials (basic colors and 1.75 filament) up to 150G Prints.

  • SU Bookstore supplies filament on their 3rd floor.

11. The user will receive an email with their work order (they will also receive an e-mail when the print is finished).     

12. Prints can be loaded until closing.

13. Prints are processed on a first come first served basis and may take several hours.

3D Finished Print


Steps to Vinyl Cutting:

Vinyl Cutter at Makerspace

1.  For questions regarding equipment contact a full-time staff member by calling: 315-443-2677 or e-mailing:

Employee Workstation

2. User provides computerized image to print (i.e.JPEG).

3. Employee will import file, load, and trace file in Roland Cut Studios.

Roland Cut Studios

4. Syracuse University's MakerSpace provides limited materials/colors.

5. Employee will change vinyl for multi-layered projects.

Vinyl Rolls

6. Oracal 631 is used for indoor vinyl and 651 used for outdoor.

7. Employee will cut piece.

8. User can then “WEED” and remove excess vinyl. 

Vinyl WeedingVinyl Print


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